Sheer plea­sure for Trekkies

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Star Trek: Discovery,

Star Trek: Discovery, With the pre­views kept un­der wraps un­til just hours be­fore the lo­cal de­but last Mon­day, the ver­dict is now in: the new Star Trek se­ries is un­miss­able tele­vi­sion.

Set 10 years be­fore Star Trek: The Orig­i­nal Se­ries, it stars two for­mi­da­ble ac­tresses in the main roles: Sonequa Martin-Green ( The Walk­ing Dead) as first of­fi­cer Michael Burn­ham and Michelle Yeoh ( Crouching Tiger, Hid­den Dragon) as cap­tain Philippa Ge­or­giou.

In the first two episodes, the of­fi­cers and crew of the USS Shen­zhou en­counter Klin­gons, a race of aliens no one has seen in a cen­tury. They face a clas­sic po­lit­i­cal co­nun­drum: how do two un­fa­mil­iar par­ties deal with each other with­out the mu­tual mis­un­der­stand­ing that can lead to de­struc­tion?

In this universe, the Klin­gons re­gard the “We come in peace” greet­ing of Star Fleet as in­sin­cere and in­sult­ing, per­ceiv­ing as dis­gust­ing the prospect of join­ing a cos­mopoli­tan com­mu­nity of dif­fer­ent alien races. War with Star Fleet, in their es­ti­ma­tion, is an ef­fec­tive way to unite their dis­parate noble houses.

The of­fi­cers of the Shen­zhou are con­flicted. On one hand, the Sun Tzu-quot­ing cap­tain Ge­or­giou holds a prin­ci­pled po­si­tion about the use of force. On the other, the Vul­can-raised hu­man Burn­ham is will­ing to cal­cu­late the odds and take ac­tions to pre­serve the lives of the crew. Two bril­liant women — one the men­tor and one the pro­tegee — but two very dif­fer­ent re­sponses to a mor­tal threat.

In short, this se­ries’ per­for­mances, ar­rest­ing vi­su­als and dy­namic plot prom­ise an en­joy­able con­tri­bu­tion to the Star Trek universe.

stream­ing on Net­flix, new episodes each Mon­day un­til Novem­ber 6, re­turn­ing Jan­uary 8 un­til Fe­bru­ary 19.

In the Klin­gons de­cide war with Star Fleet is the way ahead

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