Everything We (Don’t) Know About the New Star Trek Show
So I hear there’s going to be a new Star Trek TV show!
Yep! More or less. Depending on how you define “TV.”
The first episode is going to air on CBS, but after that the show will stream on CBS All Access.
CBS All what?
CBS All Access. It’s CBS’s proprietary streaming service. More on that in a bit.
When is this happening?
CBS says early 2017, but no specific date has been announced.
Is there a trailer yet?
There’s a . . . teaser. For what it’s worth:
Do we know what it’s about?
Okay, what do we know?
We know the first season will have 13 episodes, with one main story that stretches across them, but we don’t have many details on that story. According to the press release from CBS, the show will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations.” We know none of the main characters will be people we’ve seen before – no Kirk, no Picard – though they’ve hinted that existing characters may pop in from time to time.
I heard it’s taking place in the new movie universe, though.
That rumor has been going around, but so far as I’ve been able to find, none of the people in charge have said anything about that either way.
Okay, so . . . who is in charge?
Bryan Fuller. He wrote for Deep Space Nine and Voyager; you may know him from shows like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and Wonderfalls. He’s done some very interesting stuff with a variety of genres and premises, so I think he’s a good choice for making Star Trek feel both fresh and, well, like Star Trek.
Anyone else interesting involved?
Alex Kurtzman (Alias, Fringe, the new Star Trek movies) is an executive producer, and Nicholas Meyer (a writer on Star Trek movies II, IV, and VI) is among the writers. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod is a producer as well.
Hold up. Gene Roddenberry named his son Rod Roddenberry?
I was worried about this as well, but no, thank goodness: He’s Eugene Roddenberry, Jr. Rod is just a nickname.
Whew. Okay, back to CBS All Access. What’s the deal with that?
CBS All Access is a subscription service like Netflix or Hulu, but just for things owned or licensed by CBS. It’s been around for a few years but hasn’t really taken off, so CBS is making some original content that’s exclusive to All Access, in hopes that viewers will sign up to watch the things they can’t see elsewhere and then either decide they like the library of current and older CBS shows available or just forget to cancel. The two big shows they’re working on are (smartly enough) related to popular existing CBS properties – this Star Trek show and a spinoff of The Good Wife.
Those are . . . different.
They are, but I think that might be part of the plan: going for different viewer bases increases their odds that multiple people in a household will want to watch something on CBS All Access, which will make it more likely to earn a place in the household budget.
So paying for CBS’s thing is really going to be the only legal way I can watch this?
It will be the only legal way you can watch it immediately, yeah. If you don’t mind waiting a bit, you may have some more options. For one thing, like many subscription services, CBS All Access currently offers a free trial, so you could wait until the whole season is out, binge the show, and then cancel before your trial is up. And there’s speculation among people who pay attention to the industry that the show will wind up rerunning on CBS proper eventually, and/or possibly even show up on other streaming or on demand platforms. That’s all just speculation, though, and it wouldn’t happen until CBS thinks they’ve gained as many CBS All Access subscribers from this as they’re likely to get.
I need more details before I decide whether this is worth a subscription. When are we going to find out more?
Very soon! There’s a Star Trek event this weekend at Comic-Con, and Bryan Fuller has hinted that we’ll learn more about the new show then.
Until then . . . what are you all hoping for from this new show?
UPDATE: Wondering how you’ll be able to see the new show if you’re not in the U.S. or Canada? Netflix has acquired the rights for 188 other countries, and the episodes will be available within about a day of their U.S. release. (But to reiterate: They will NOT be on U.S. or Canadian Netflix at that time.)