Star Trek: Discovery trailer teases a stunning new frontier for the franchise

Just hours after debuting the first images from Star Trek: Discovery, the trailer for CBS’ newest addition to the sci-fi franchise is here.

The trailer begins on the same desert planet included in the tweet the Star Trek: Discovery team tweeted earlier today, but expands on just what’s happening to the newest captain and first officer in the Star Trek universe. It’s made absolutely clear that they’re lost, on a planet they have never visited before, and are stuck trying to find a way out.

There are sequences and characters — like Spock’s father — that will resonate with fans, but it’s clear this isn’t the same Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry launched in 1966. The visual effects are spectacular and, as many have already pointed out, the opening scene in question seems to borrow heavily from the planet of Jakku; Rey’s “home” planet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The trailer does a pretty good job of introducing the newest crew members viewers will be exploring the vast universe with. Discovery takes place 10 years before the events of the original series and focuses on an important moment in the franchise’s history, but one that was never fully explained in depth, according to former showrunner Bryan Fuller.

New alien races and technology can be glimpsed in the trailer, but there’s just enough references to the original series for those looking to fill the nostalgic hole in their heart.

Discovery still doesn’t have a release date, but it will premiere on CBS this fall. Following the pilot, the only way to watch the show will be through a subscription to CBS’ stand-alone streaming service, CBS All Access.

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