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Star Trek is a franchise that is full of obstacles and setbacks. Whenever it seems like it’s gaining tractions within the mainstream, something comes along to undercut it. Last year’s Star Trek Beyond is a good example of that. Despite potentially being the most mainstream film to date — as well as being a well-reviewed one — it failed to find a grip with general audiences. And then there’s the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

This upcoming series was announced last year, and in that time it’s been delayed by several months, and had a change of showrunner. Whenever stuff like this happens, it never seems to be a good sign, and couple that with theprospect of only being able to catch the show on the CBS All Access streaming service, and you have the perfect storm of doubt.

Today, CBS finally released a full trailer for the series, and to be honest, it’s not doing a bad job at putting any doubts to rest. As someone who’s never been a huge fan of the original series (or any of the TV shows in general), I had concerns that they would try to fall back on its low-budget, episodic style. However, based on the look of this show, and the trailer, it looks like something that could appeal to even a heathen like me.

My main personal takeaway is its focus on spectacle. No, we won’t be getting big action set pieces like we do in the movies, but this one seemed to place a heavy emphasis on still giving us an awe-inspiring look at the farthest reaches of the galaxy. It has a slower, more meditative pace, for sure, but that hasn’t stopped it from at least attempting to give us something visually interesting on screen (though those lens flares are out of control!). Couple that with a longer runtime for us to get more attached to the characters, and it’s possible that CBS may have a winner on their hands.

What do you think? Are you any more excited for this upcoming series? Let us know in the comments down below!

Star Trek: Discovery hits CBS All Access this fall!

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