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Star Trek: Discovery's Special CBS Premiere Draws 8 Million Viewers

26 September 2017

But "Star Trek: Discovery" is CBS's first big attempt at wooing cord cutters to its otherwise under-the-radar offering in terms of streaming services.

As Deadline reported earlier, the premiere on CBS All Access drove a record number of single-day signups at CBS' digital streaming subscription service.

In a recent interview, Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman said that a Season 2 will take a while, but that there's very good reason for that.

In February, CBS CEO Les Moonves reportedly told an audience at an event at UCLA that All Access had reached 1.5 million subscribers and that Showtime OTT was not far behind it.

Outside of the United States, excluding Canada, Netflix subscribers will be able to stream Star Trek: Discovery included in their monthly fee. The Klingon have returned in Star Trek: Discovery and, as always, are one of the Federation's most contentious adversaries. Others felt compelled to compare it to the other new show, "The Orville".

Discovery is set roughly 10 years before the start of the original 1960s TV series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

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With that said, all the other shows Netflix releases globally, including Riverdale and The Good Place, eventually end up on Netflix.

As Star Trek pilots go, Discovery's is decent enough. We sat down with series co-writer Mike Johnson to learn more about Discovery's Klingons and the new comic.

Kicking off yet another Star Trek series is a tricky undertaking in today's market under the best of circumstances, and Star Trek: Discovery seems to be a venture hoping to handicap its possibilities as much as possible. To this point, it plays like a long movie and I'm not sure the long arc is what potential Star Trek fans are after, nor is it particularly sustainable. Discovery feels like the rebirth of a franchise, much in the same way Star Wars: "The Force Awakens did for Star Wars, and it doesn't back away from boldly going where (almost) no Star Trek series has gone before", read Polygon's review.

Ultimately, what we're trying to say here is mostly that it's not that enormous of an investment, and if you do love Star Trek and want some quality fall programming, it's probably worth the buy. Giant battle cruisers, busy viewscreens, hordes of starships, spacesuit helmets so crowded with data displays that we can barely see an actor's face - yes, it's nifty tech, but more often than not it's just in the way. Rather, Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) and Phillippa Georgiou (played by Michelle Yeoh) called the shots and fired the phasers-roles typically reserved for white men.

It's just something of an in-joke among Star Trek writers that developed out of nowhere. (She is, instead, first officer.) I was excited to see what she did next.

Star Trek: Discovery's Special CBS Premiere Draws 8 Million Viewers