STAR TREK: DIS­COV­ERY SEA­SON 1

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OUT NOW / RATED M / 671 MINS Twelve years Star Trek had been off our TVS be­fore Dis­cov­ery. Twelve long years where the mem­ory of En­ter­prise stood as the head­stone to Gene Rod­den­berry’s orig­i­nal vi­sion. There have been movies, but it wasn’t un­til Dis­cov­ery that Star Trek fi­nally re­turned to our liv­ing rooms. And what a home­com­ing it is. As cin­e­matic as J.J. Abrams’ big-screen re­boot, in­jected with an edge-of-the-seat episodic struc­ture and a high-stakes plot, it el­e­vates TV Trek to a whole new level. Sonequa Martin-green’s pas­sion­ate, mav­er­ick lead and Ja­son Isaacs’ ruthless cap­tain head up a Trek fran­chise with spine as well as heart, its un­flinch­ing at­ti­tude and bat­tles rem­i­nis­cent of DS9’S Do­min­ion War at its peak. Dis­cov­ery ar­rives do­ing warp nine with shields up, pho­ton tor­pe­does fly­ing and with bril­liantly reimag­ined Klin­gons, to boot. This is es­sen­tial Trek, but with enough crossover to woo the unini­ti­ated as well. JAMES DYER

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