With a global following, it only took six episodes before CBS announced that Star Trek: Discovery would receive a second season. The show streams on CBS All Access in the US, airs on Space Channel in Canada, and is available on Netflix everywhere else.  

Star Trek:Discovery takes place ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series and it sees the beginning of the war with the Klingons. Captain Lorca and his crew are on and off the front lines of battle as the science vessel and its research are needed. So far, in the first six episodes of the premiere season, there have been plenty of twists, even during the character introductions and world building phase of the new show. The potential is there for a solid second season.

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As a fan of Star Trek, I am annoyed at having to pay for a subscription service to see the new series. However, I must admit, the show itself is worth the hassle (though I, personally, find a show from a beloved franchise hidden by a pay wall to be an egregious money grab). Recently, I’ve been caring for my father post surgery and, just like when I was a kid, I have sat with my dad to watch Star Trek: Discovery.

But the new show is about more than just nostalgia – the story of the beginning of the Klingon war and the subsequent fallout within Starfleet and among the crew of the USS Shenzhou is eloquently portrayed with a gorgeous backdrop of CGI scenery that doesn’t scream computer graphics. Aboard the USS Discovery, the mysteries and wonder of exploration intermingle with the harsh realities and limitations of research and come head to head with the overbearing need decried by the captain for the war efforts. And that theme song? It is apparent that Star Trek: Discovery is a love letter, of sorts, to the Trek we all know and love. But it is also something more. It stands on its own and is making its own mark in Star Trek history. I am happy to see a second season, even this early in the first.

Star Trek Discovery stars Jason Isaacs, Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru), Shazad Latif (Lieutenant Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Paul Stamets), and Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), and new episodes drop on CBS All Access on Sundays at 8:30 EDT / 7:30 CDT and everywhere else the following day.

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