‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Took Daft Punk to Space But Netflix Stole the Show

Corey Denis
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Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, titled “The Vulcan Hello.” Proceed at your own risk.

Star Trek: Discovery episode 1 aired 17 days after Star Trek day, which marked the 51st anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek the Original Series. With four generations of Star Trek fans to satisfy, creators of Star Trek: Discovery, Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, had a difficult task in front of them.

Star Trek canon is wide, and Star Trek: Discovery managed to insert Easter eggs aplenty. The show has a similar look and feel to the VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew, but dives deep into the Star Trek universe, digging up war-hungry Klingons and a spacewalk right out of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Star Trek: Discovery Episode 1 focuses on Sonequa Martin-Green’s character Michael Burnham, but generations of fans on Twitter saw so.much.more. Between Lieutenant Daft Punk and a strangely executed cliffhanger, Star Trek fans have a lot to say about the first episode.

Daft Punk Should Go to Space All The Time

Ed Sheeran had a sweet cameo in Game of Thrones Season 7, but he’s no Daft Punk robot DJ in space. Fans couldn’t keep their eyes off a certain robot member of the bridge crew who looks nothing like The Next Generation‘s Data and everything like Daft Punk.

 

Klingons Should All Do Genetic Testing Because Their DNA Is Wack

ICYMI, the Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery don’t look like any other Klingon we’ve ever seen. All Klingons speak the same language, but their faces keep changing dramatically and the Internet has mixed feelings about it.

Speaking of Klingons, Nobody Understands the Timeline Because WTF

Discovery is said to take place ten years before Kirk. Unfortunately, the timeline just doesn’t work.

Again with the Klingons. But seriously what is up with the timeline?

Those Lens Flares Tho

CBS DGAF

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery ended with an abrupt cliffhanger, and CBS invited fans to watch episode 2 on their paid-subscription streaming service, CBS All Access. Attempting to herd fans into a single streaming service didn’t work well for the music industry, but CBS dgaf. Turns out, neither do fans.

The reactions to CBS’s overt attempt at growing subscribers are the same as it ever was. Given that cable and satellite services are already charging a monthly fee, the extra cost of finding out what happened to Michael in Episode 2 isn’t worth it to fans.

Netflix Gave the US FOMO

Klingon is a language IRL. The Klingon Language Institute offers courses and scholarships for anyone who wants to learn. While CBS attempted to herd fans toward CBS All Access to increase subscriptions in the US, Netflix proved it understands Star Trek fans all over the world and won the Internet. Outside of the US, Star Trek: Discovery streamed on Netflix.

Even the Klingon consultant to Netflix Tweeted about it:

Star Trek: Discovery built a bridge between generations of fans by referencing the various Starfleet crews dispatched over the last 51 years, but CBS tore it down. Their futile attempt to move viewers away from cable or satellite subscriptions and onto the CBS subscription service wasn’t well received. If Twitter is any indication, fans were more annoyed than attracted to the prospect of paying for yet another streaming service.

Nevertheless, we will all continue to tune in all over the world to check out the new Klingons and learn more about Lieutenant Daft Punk, while everyone outside of the US enjoys subtitles in Klingon and American fans get the ultimate FOMO.

What did you think of Star Trek: Discovery Episode 1? Did you watch Episode 2 on CBS All Access? Let us know @getfandom on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Corey Denis
Corey is a Sr Manager @ FANDOM, & the only known Tiefling Sorcerer in the SF office. She enjoys teaching herself Dothraki & petting the Tribble on her desk. You can usually find her at a music venue, movie theater, or sitting in a café rewriting her '20 Best Albums Of All Time' list.
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