September 24 is the date when the new Star Trek crew will blast off to space with the premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery.” This is going to be the first time that a Star Trek show doesn’t take the regular broadcast TV route, but, opts for a paid subscription of streaming services which include CBS All Access in the US and Netflix globally. (Disclosure: CBS owns CNET).
Release date, episodes, and timing
The inaugural season of “Star Trek: Discovery” which will be available from September 24 will have 15 episodes divided into two segments. The first segment will end on November 5 and then the second one will be launched sometime in January 2018.
How to watch ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ in the US
The inaugural episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” will lift off on Sunday, Sept. 24 on all CBS stations across US post a Late afternoon NFL game and the news program “60 Minutes”. The duration of the game might cause some variance in the schedule, and CBS sources say that the episode will be aired from around 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET/PT. You would also be able to watch it on CBS All Access. After that, the second episode will be offered that night itself on the streaming services as an incentive for subscribers.
If you don’t mind the commercials then the CBS All Access plan will cost you 5.99$ per month, and if you wish to enjoy uninterrupted commercial-free programs, then you need to shell out 9.99$ a month. There will also be a free one week trial for new joiners, and the Annual plans will cost you 59.99$ and 99.99$ respectively for ad lovers and those who hate ads.
CBS All Access can be watched on your computer or any of the major entertainment devices such as Apple TV, Android, Roku, iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Windows 10, Google Chromecast, Fire TV and PS4. You can also watch it on your smartphones, tablets, etc. by downloading the CBS app for iOS, Android, Windows 10 or Amazon gadgets. Only the first episode will be available for the standard live broadcast television, and all following episodes can be watched on Sundays exclusively on All Access.
How to watch it in the UK and Australia
The existing Netflix subscribers in UK and Australia need not bother about having to add another streaming video service to their collection. Netflix will air “Discovery” in 188 countries excluding the US and Canada. As announced by CBS Studios International last year, every new episode will be available on Netflix within 24 hours of its unveiling in the US.
So, it is established that you will be able to watch the new Star Trek voyages, let’s have a look at what the new Starfleet crew will offer and how will its fresh outlook relate to the classic series of the 1960s.
New Starfleet Crew
- Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”) as First Officer Michael Burnham
- Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) as Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou
- Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca
- Doug Jones as Kelpien Lt. Saru, the USS Discovery’s science officer
- Anthony Rapp as Lt. Paul Stamets, an astromycologist (fungus expert)
- Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber
- James Frain as Sarek, father of Spock
- Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd (yes, the very same)
- Chris Obi (“American Gods”) as Klingon leader T’Kuvma
- Shazad Latif (“Penny Dreadful”) as Lt. Tyler
- Mary Chieffo as Klingon commander L’Rell
- Kenneth Mitchell (“The Astronauts Wives Club”) as Klingon commander Kol
- Mary Wiseman (“Longmire”) as Starfleet Cadet Sylvia Tilly