It’s been nicely over 18 months since CBS first announced that it might deliver a brand new Star Trek TV present to tv, and we’ve nonetheless solely gotten bits and pieces of details about the primary new Trek property on the small display screen in over a decade. The present, Star Trek: Discovery, has been by way of a number of retoolings, together with the addition (and departure) of Brian Fuller. Now, the primary “actual” trailer for the TV present has lastly leaked — and whereas it solutions some questions in regards to the present’s premise and characters, it raises loads of others.

Earlier than you hit “Play” on the video, listed below are the salient info to know: Star Trek: Discovery is about ten years earlier than the occasions of the unique sequence and takes place within the authentic timeline, not the alternate future the Romulan Nero created when he traveled again in time, killed George Kirk, and later destroyed Vulcan. Its lead character is Commander Michael Burnham, performed by Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced of AMC’s The Strolling Useless. Not like earlier Star Trek exhibits, Discovery intentionally gained’t deal with the captain (or house station commander) as its protagonist. Her nickname, “Quantity One,” is a deliberate homage to the character of the identical identify from the Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” as performed by Majel Barrett. Burnham is human, however was raised on Vulcan by Vulcans, which explains a few of the setting of the trailer.

For a tv present that’s supposedly set within the authentic timeline, the units and know-how on show are ridiculously superior trying. To some extent, it is a shedding battle. The explanation Star Trek seems the way in which it does is as a result of that was the extent of know-how and prop manufacturing that 1960s tv exhibits needed to work with, not as a result of Gene Roddenberry was trying to freeze all future portrayals of 23rd century know-how forever. However for all the issues on TV exhibits like Enterprise, it did attempt to set up set items and know-how portrayals that would arguably be mentioned to occupy a midpoint between the long run (relative to us) whereas nonetheless trying extra primitive than the know-how we noticed on Star Trek itself.

This seems to be a ship named the Shenzhou, however the Web is break up on whether or not this ship is an up to date mannequin of the unique CGI showcased over a 12 months in the past, or a very totally different vessel.

If any DNA of the unique Star Trek made it into Discovery in any respect, it’s under no circumstances in proof. As an alternative of the brightly coloured uniforms of the 1960s present, everyone seems to be sporting blue, as they did in Enterprise. As an alternative of particular person emblems for every ship (one thing well-established in TOS), everyone seems to be sporting the standard Starfleet delta. Supposedly one motive why the Enterprise of the JJ Abrams reboot appeared so superior was due to technological advances Starfleet was capable of make after it scanned Nero’s ship within the opening scenes of Star Trek. But when that timeline by no means occurred, why do the ships of the pre-TOS period seem like they need to be starring in a Star Trek present set lengthy after Voyager?

Additionally, there’d higher be a particularly good clarification for the alien officer’s declaration, “My folks had been biologically decided for one objective alone: to sense the approaching of dying.” Initially, who says “Biologically decided?” And second, who the hell would biologically design a whole species for the aim of sensing “the approaching of dying?” Did John Edward one way or the other escape to an alternate actuality and create a species of aliens to inform him when folks had been about to die, so he might mislead their family about contacting the opposite facet?

If you scrape off the lens flare and the flowery graphics, there’s not loads of story left on this trailer. That doesn’t imply the present gained’t be good, however this trailer didn’t present us rather more than the primary one did.

Star Trek: Discovery will launch on CBS with a two-part premiere this fall after which weekly on CBS All Entry. The primary season will include 15 episodes.