Captain Lorca, I presume?
Although he isn’t expected to play series’ lead, the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery was introduced to the world in an official photo released in June by CBS (via Entertainment Weekly).
Played by The OA and Outlander actor Jason Isaacs, Federation Starship Captain Gabriel Lorca is described as “a brilliant military tactician.” Along with putting Isaacs front and center, the photo also features the first look at the bridge of the Discovery, as EW’s article indicates that all prior photos and footage have only featured the bridge of the other starship featured in the series, the U.S.S. Shenzhou.
A launch date and a mission plan
A number of delays during development and production of the series left the premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery uncertain since the project’s initial announcement. CBS finally made the launch date for the show official in mid-June via an animated promotional image for Discovery that revealed the series would kick off September 24 on the network and its streaming service, CBS All Access.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) June 19, 2017
The network also outlined its rollout plans for the series, which will debut on CBS on Sunday, September 24, with CBS All Access subscribers given the option to watch both the first and second episodes on-demand that evening. Subsequent episodes will be made available on CBS All Access each Sunday.
According to CBS’ announcement, the first season of the series will be divided into two chapters, with the initial eight-episode arc running from September 24 through November 5 on the network’s streaming service. The second arc will then premiere in January 2018 on CBS All Access and encompass seven episodes, made available weekly on Sundays.
Boldly going … where, exactly?
CBS is keeping many of the story details for Star Trek: Discovery under wraps, but we do know that the series will be set about 10 years before the original series. The first teaser promised “new crews,” “new villains,” “new heroes,” and “new worlds” — and we’ve since learned that we’ll see something that unfolds within the “Prime” canon of the established Star Trek universe, but not tied to the events in the movies.
Fuller told CNN the series’ placement between the four-season prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise and the original 1966 series “gives us an opportunity to bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series.”
In the June 2017 announcement of the show’s premiere date, CBS released the official synopsis for the series.
“Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself,” reads the description of the show’s premise. “The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.”
First look trailer
On May 17, CBS released a new trailer giving fans a glimpse at the upcoming series.
The trailer establishes the overarching plot points for the pilot episode of Star Trek: Discovery, and ostensibly the series’ first season. The trailer opens with Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) walking over the sandy dunes of a remote planet, before beaming up to a Starfleet vessel. We get a look at the rest of the crew, including Doug Jones (Hellboy) as Science Officer Saru, as well as Mark Lenard as the Vulcan Sarek, the father of Spock from the original series. We also get a look at the new Starfleet uniforms.
The trailer also introduces a conflict between Starfleet and the Klingon Empire. After discovering a mysterious object on the far reaches of Federation space, the crew encounters the Klingons, and if the trailer is any indication, it’s not the friendliest meeting.