SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. If you have not yet watched them, and don't wish to know any important details before you get the chance, please bookmark this page and return when you're done!
It's been more than 12 years since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air, and while that created a crazy long Star Trek drought on the small screen, the drought ended tonight. After an extensive development period, Star Trek: Discovery is now available for fans' viewing pleasure, with CBS debuting the first episode on network television and launching the follow-up exclusively on their CBS All Access streaming service. It's a pair of eventful episodes that establishes a crop of new characters and a new time period in Star Trek lore, and offers a lot to digest as the show rockets into its 15-episode first season.
But what are the main takeaways from this first adventure? After attending the show's premiere in Los Angeles, California last week and getting an early look at the show, we've broken it all down. So read on and dive into everything Star Trek: Discovery set up for the future!
Michael Burnham Has Some Serious Internal Conflict Going On
Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is biologically human, but her upbringing was not on Earth. Rather, she was raised as a Vulcan by Spock's father, Sarek (James Frain), and having attended the Vulcan Learning Center as well as the Vulcan Science Academy, she has long valued logic over emotion. When we first meet her in Star Trek: Discovery, however, we learn that her humanity is far from silenced.
Serving alongside Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) for seven years has allowed her emotional instincts to resurrect themselves. Unfortunately, this isn't all that great from an internal conflict standpoint, as a classic nature vs. nurture battle is contained in the character, which should wind up creating plenty of drama throughout the first season. The two-parter alone gives us an ample look at this while the crew of the USS Shenzhou experiences some serious outer conflict as contact is made with a seriously aggressive Klingon force. Speaking of which...