'Star Trek Discovery' premiere review: Smart, serious sci-fi on a slow burn


Star Trek history was made Sunday night, and not just because of Sonequa Martin-Green — who, as Michael Burnham, became the pioneering black female protagonist this franchise deserves. (Seriously, the camera can’t get enough of her, delivering epic hero shot after epic hero shot.) 

It’s more than that. For the first time in the history of Star Trek, we’re not getting an introduction to the main location of a show in its first episode. The equivalent of the Enterprise, or the Voyager, or the space station known as DS9, doesn’t show up yet. Your cozy familiar template for a spacebound show that introduces all its characters at once is deader than Kirk’s hairpiece.  Read more…

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