‘Star Trek Discovery’ Review: Sonequa Martin-Green Show Solid But Thrusters Not Activated Yet For All Access’ Big Jump

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of tonight's Star Trek Discovery debut
The second episode, "The Battle of The Binary Stars," is on CBS All Access tonight with future episodes of the first part of the Bryan Fuller (who was shown the showrunner door back in October) and Alex Kurtzman-created Discovery dropping every Sunday evening here in the U.S.A. Kicking off a set-up for the intrinsically and tonally different season to come and set about a decade before the William Shatner=led original series, tonight’s  action-packed "The Vulcan Hello" is set to be the one and only Discovery episode airing on broadcast television. until November 5.
From what I’ve seen, with The Walking Dead vet Martin-Green’s Vulcan-raised First Officer Michael Burnham, The OA’s Jason Isaacs as USS Discovery captain Gabriel Lorca, Michelle Yeoh as USS Shenzhou captain Philippa Georgiou and Grimm’s James Frain as Spock’s father and Burnham’s guardian, Discovery is essentially NCIS meets Aliens, in the best way – as I say in my video review above.
So, before you watch the second episode over on CBS All Access or not, click on my Star Trek Discovery video review above. Chargers game would end on time, did you think Discovery approached the final frontier in this Peak TV era?” /> And tell us, after you watched the video filmed earlier when it looked like the Kansas City Chiefs and L.A.
And Moonves' plan just might work.
After all the behind the camera drama, delays, secrecy, and hype for the 2256 A.D.set Sonequa Martin-Green-led 15-episode first season of Discovery has finally taken off. After all, Discovery is the  first new small screen installment of the Gene Roddenberry-created franchise since Enterprise premiered in 2001. A launch that Leslie Moonves hopes will result in a sign-up windfall for CBS’ nearly three-year-old streaming service.
Despite its often over-explanatory scripts, jittery direction, scattered plot points, silly Beatles, and Chuck Yeager and Amelia Earhart shout outs, Discovery is conventional and solidly satisfying serialized TV that speaks to our times, as war drums beat culturally and perhaps internationally.
Having started a bit later tonight on CBS than planned due to NFL overruns, Star Trek Discovery aims to boldly take CBS All Access on a new subscriber rich adventure.
With all that CBS has riding on Discovery and more episodes to come next year, there are a lot of star systems to still be covered in the now Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts showrunned series’ clearly evolving journey.
Even with the howls of those Klingon war cries and the often exquisite and meticulous production design, Discovery’s narrative thrusters are far from reaching the dramatic realm of Next Generation’s Borg-based "The Best Of Both Worlds" episodes from 1990. However, as I say in my video review above, the building blocks are there and that’s a foundation on which to live long and prosper. Sure, it may not break as many barriers as the original Star Trek despite proudly flying a ‘the future is female’ flag and having the first openly gay character in the franchise’s long history.