The series is set 10 years before Captain Kirk takes command of the federation starship Enterprise.
Although the action now takes place on the starship Discovery, the plot-lines don’t stray far from the themes that turned the original ’60s Star Trek into a cult classic.
The season-long story line will revolve around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored,” writer-producer Bryan Fuller told television critics in Beverly Hills, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The show departs from most other Star Trek productions because the lead character is a woman. “Star Trek Voyager,” which ran from 1995 until 2001, was the last production to feature a female in a lead role.
The cast is rounded out by Michelle Yeoh, who plays Captain Philippa Georgiou of the Starship Shenzhou; Jason Isaacs who plays Captain Lorca of Discovery and James Frain as Spock’s father.
Judging from the trailer, the production value is higher than any other Star Trek series and rivals the Star Trek movies.
The series will debut on CBS with a two-part premiere this fall. After that it will air on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming service. The first season will run for 15 episodes, according to CBS.
Check out the trailer below and get ready for the ride.