Star Trek: Discovery is the latest offshoot of the original 1960’s sci-fi show created by Genre Rodenberry. The last time we saw Star Trek on television was in 2005, when Star Trek: Enterprise ended after four seasons. Of course, since then, there have been three blockbuster movies (two directed by J.J. Abrams) to keep fans happy. It was obvious from the get-go, however, that Star Trek: Discovery would offer something different. For example, the show’s protagonist isn’t a starship captain, but a crew member. This, of course, is a human female by the name of Michael Burnham. The Vulcan-raised Michael was adopted by Spock’s father, Sarek, after losing her parents.
A long time coming
It’s somewhat surprising that we’ve had to wait this long to see Star Trek back on the small screen, given its sustained success and interest since the original series. Of course, in addition to the movies, there have been numerous novels, conventions, and both the series and movies are continually referenced on mainstream shows, such as The Big Bang Theory. There have also been numerous video games to keep fans happy, such as Star Trek: The Video Game and Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles online slot. The latter provides various bonuses to play on Party Casino, with an exclusive offer here of $500 and 120 free spins, at the time of writing. Still, it seems that we’ve missed the show in its original small screen format.
A second chance
Michael’s first appears as Captain Philippa Georgiou’s first officer, who she commits an act of unity against. Although Michael is given a life sentence for her crime, she is given a second chance, after being recruited by USS Discovery captain Gabriel Lorca to work as a scientific specialist. Michael’s particularities, such as her strengths, fragilities, and personal conflict between her Vulcan education and human nature, are the most intriguing aspects of the show. And intriguing they are.
The original series was a revolution in television. Aired during the height of the Cold War, Star Trek saw people of different backgrounds and nationalities work on the same level, in a bid to make cultural progress and to restore peace. While Star Trek: Discovery opts not to explore “strange new worlds, new life, and new civilizations”, it does delve into what lives inside each and every one of us. That inner-searching is more important than ever today, in a society where we are constantly trying to define ourselves by our Facebook profiles. Maybe in half a century from now, it will be said that Star Trek: Discovery was the franchise’s first truly innovative show since the original series.