After a decade off our screens, Star Trek returned to TV this week with much-delayed prequel series Discovery, set to examine a period 10 years before the original 1960s series and featuring the early conflicts of the Klingon/Federation War.
And it’s fair to say that fans were pretty excited in the build-up to the episode, which aired on CBS in America last night.
— Big Willie (@Hav3nsblade) September 24, 2017
Though fans had to wait a LITTLE longer than expected when an NFL broadcast overran, delaying the night’s programming and giving Trekkies one more reason to hate organised sports.
The premiere of #StarTrekDiscovery is being delayed because of sportsball. Once again, all the nerds are sidelined to the bleachers.
— Aaron Pruner (@AaronFlux) September 24, 2017
Still, it wasn’t long before things were kicking off with the series’ new opening credits, which you can watch below and had a SLIGHTLY mixed reaction.
Not impressed with the opening credits on #StarTrekDiscovery. Even Enterprise was better.
— charles stokes (@stokesaug16) September 25, 2017
I love love love these opening credits. They are my favorite since TNG #startrekdiscovery
— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) September 25, 2017
By contrast, viewers seemed to universally warm to new lead character Michael Burnham, who was played by Sonequa Martin-Green and started out the episode flying out to investigate some mysterious space debris.
— Kedar Pavgi (@KedarPavgi) September 25, 2017
Though it’s possible she got a little too close to what turned out to be a Klingon artefact…
— Noël Gardner (@noelcamille) September 25, 2017
And that led to the introduction of the new Klingons themselves, who have a RATHER different look this time around…
— Carey Johnson (@CareyJohnson919) September 25, 2017
— Kate McMurray (@katemcmwriter) September 25, 2017
— Beat Goddess Media (@BGM_KB) September 25, 2017
Though some viewers were more distracted by a certain robot working on the bridge of the USS Shenzou alongside Burnham, who might have a future (or past) in the music industry…
— Nicole Bennett?♿? (@910nikkimo) September 25, 2017
"Prepare to engage beats, Ensign Daft Punk."
"Aye, Captain. Beats standing by and ready to be dropped on your orders."#StarTrekDiscovery
— Primo the Monkey (@PrimoTheMonkey) September 25, 2017
Still, in the end most viewers could (mostly) agree on one thing – though not perfect, this was a decent start for a new Star Trek series, with some truly stunning moments even amidst all the slightly awkward set-up you’d find in any pilot.
#StarTrekDiscovery omg this show is everything!!! Cinematography and acting and makeup etc…phenomenal
— PhoebeAllegra (@PhoebeAllegra) September 25, 2017
I don't hate #StarTrekDiscovery… Yet. Really don't like the visuals, and it feels like NCIS: Space so far, but still keeping open mind.
— Damien Cooley (@damcoole) September 25, 2017
So far #StarTrekDiscovery is messy, a bit awkward, and full of exposition. In other words it's a Star Trek pilot. And a promising one!
— Neal Pierson (@NealPierson) September 25, 2017
Wow!! That was awesome! Really impressed #StarTrekDiscovery
— David Chemosky (@jtblue1980) September 25, 2017
"The only word to effectively describe it is 'wow.'" SAME, SHOW #StarTrekDiscovery
— Carly Lane (@carlylane) September 25, 2017
And no matter our differences we can certainly all agree that what Burnham did at the end of the episode will come back to haunt her in a big way…
— Dacia Massengill⚡ (@TheMsDacia) September 25, 2017
Sometimes you can go a little TOO boldly, Burnham.
Star Trek: Discovery streams on Netflix UK from Monday 25th September