Hey, do you know if there will be any place I can watch Star Trek Discovery online when it comes out?
I’m not sure where you live, but it will be streamed on CBS All Access in the US. Unfortunately, it’s a pay service, but it’s only $5.99 a month (after a free trial period). If you’re able to afford a subscription, please watch it that way, so your views are counted!
It will air on Space in Canada (after it premieres on CTV).
For most of the world, it will be available via Netflix within a day or so of the CBS Access airing, so again, if you’re in one of those countries and can afford a Netflix subscription, that’s where you should stream it.
If none of these options work for you, there will likely be “under the table” options on the Internet… I don’t know which ones are safe, though.
There’s been a rather ugly strain of criticism of Star Trek: Discovery online and it goes like this: The upcoming CBS All Access show’s cast is too diverse for some of the franchise’s longtime fans. The term “white genocide” has been bandied about. Original series star George Takei has even gotten involved to defend the new show. But the Discovery cast themselves haven’t commented on the matter — until now.
EW asked Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green — the first black woman to lead a Trek cast — about the complaints. What would she say to these self-declared fans, if anything?
“Well, I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one,” Martin-Green said. “That’s something Star Trek has always upheld and I completely believe that is why it’s been a mainstay in society in the hearts of so many people for so many decades. I would encourage them to look past their opinions and social conditioning and key into what we’re doing here — which is telling a story about humanity that will hopefully bring us all together.”
Indeed, The Original Series, in particular, was considered ultra progressive, especially for 1966 — the show’s bridge crew included a Russian character (ensign Chekov played by Walter Koenig), a Japanese man (Lt. Sulu played by Takei), a black woman (Lt. Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols) and a rotation of others, all working together with mutual respect. The show featured TV’s first interracial kiss and frequently tackled issues of social justice in allegorical ways. Over the decades since then, the franchise has continued to present Gene Roddenberry’s utopian multicultural vision of humans and other species overcoming their differences to solve problems. It’s kind of the whole idea behind the show.
“And it’s hard to understand and appreciate Star Trek if you don’t understand and appreciate that,” Martin-Green continued. “It’s one of the foundational principles of Star Trek and I feel if you miss that then you miss the legacy itself. I’m incredibly proud to be the lead of this show and be at the forefront of an iteration of Star Trek that’s from the eyes of a black woman that’s never been done before, though obviously there’s been other forms of diversity that have been innovated by Trek. I feel like we’re taking another step forward, which I think all stories should do. We should go boldly where nobody has gone before and stay true to that.”
It’s hard to put it better than that.
On the show, Martin-Green plays First Officer Michael Burnham, the focus of the story. Her commanding officer is Captain Philippa Georgiou, played by another woman of color, Michelle Yeoh. The cast also includes the TV franchise’s first openly gay character, a science officer played by Anthony Rapp.
Here’s what Takei said on MSNBC earlier this year about the criticism: “Today in this society we have alien life forms that we call trolls. And these trolls carry on without knowing what they’re talking about and knowing even less about the history of what they’re talking about. And some of these trolls go on to be presidents of nations … These so-called trolls haven’t seen a single episode of the new series because it hasn’t been aired. And they don’t know the history of Star Trek, that Gene Rodenberry created this with the idea of finding strength in our diversity.”
I feel a little presumptuous saying I’m a “professional Star Trek ship artist,” but I do at least have the perspective of attempting to be one. And the simple truth is that designing ships for Star Trek is hard… especially ships in Starfleet. Especially Starfleet ships that are supposed to be the “hero” of a TV show or a game or movie or whatever.
They need to be familiar (saucer and nacelles at the very least), but they also need to have their own special character. They need to say “I’m a Star Trek ship and I’m the hero!” but they also need to stand out among the other “hero” ships in that conspicuous pantheon.
There are dozens, maybe even hundreds of fan-created designs that are well done. They’re aesthetically pleasing or logically arranged or have all the right details in all the right places. But so many of them lack a critical distinction when compared to whatever Enterprise inspired them. When you squint, you couldn’t tell them apart from a Constitution or a Sovereign or a Galaxy.
And that’s what it comes down to and why the original Enterprise is such an inspired design. Matt Jefferies didn’t approach the problem of the original Enterprise as “How do I design a spaceship” - he approached it more like “How do I design a logo.” I’m paraphrasing, but the crucial thing for him was that you could recognize the shape of the Enterprise while it was far away and moving fast. Just like a good logo, you could squint and still understand what you were looking at.
Ultimately, that’s what the hero ship of a Star Trek show needs to be - not just a cool looking spaceship, but a logo, an icon, a brand that represents everything about its incarnation of the franchise.
A CBS representative said today during a press interview that the ship featured in the Star Trek: Discovery trailer is a work in progress, and I’m curious to see how it evolves as we get closer to January 2017. But already it has established itself with a distinctive silhouette and I imagine the final design is going to be pretty close to what we saw today. Ultimately I’m sure it’ll find its way into our hearts; these ships always do.
But good luck to the artists working on her. That kind of responsibility is something I simultaneously do and do not envy!
This volume of the Hebrew Bible is in the exhibit. It is one of the earliest printed books discovered in the flooded Mukhabarat headquarters in Iraq in 2003.
Printed in the late Renaissance Venice by Giovannidi Gara, the central biblical text is surrounded by rabbinic commentaries. Of the nearly 1,200 religious books recovered, approximately a quarter were printed in Baghdad, but others were imported from Hebrew presses worldwide—from India to Lithuania.
Rating: T (for now-but if continued, will definitely go up) Summary: Felicity discovers something she didn’t expect while doing her security searches on social media.
Notes: Okay, so I will have a nice smexy Sladicity update to my “Moments in Time” series up later tonight, but someone during a discussion (and not about “Arrow” go figure) mentioned this and the Olicity plot bunny took off. I don’t know if I should continue with this…that’s why I’m gonna let you all on Tumblr tell me if it should remain a drabble–or get some ‘resolution.’
This is not a 'serious/angsty’ Olicity drabble. In fact, it’s probably a little bit more fun, cracky, and most likely OOC as well. But you know, after all the angst I’ve read lately, I just wanted to write some fun, sexy, Olicity where 2x14 didn’t happen. (So this is set sometime after Russia-Lyla happened but the Isobitch didn’t as I have no more energy to write about angsty Oliver and his hookups)
Felicity Smoak wouldn’t deny she was a fangirl. She was damned proud of the fact she could name every Doctor and the twelve (well, thirteen if you counted William Hurt) actors that had played them. She would, if asked, admit she’d taken a kick boxing course several years ago to see if she couldn’t learn to move like Sydney Bristow. Not surprisingly, the gym’s version of kickboxing had nothing on what Digg and Oliver were teaching her, much less what she’d seen Sara do, but she could still move like Sydney (she was pretty sure) if she wanted to. And she wouldn’t deny spending many a Saturday night curled up with Sleepy Hollow,Supernatural, Stargate or Star Wars movies and a bowl of buttered popcorn. Heck, if pressed, she’d even admit to playing a little Dungeons and Dragons, at least before she’d found her real life taken over by a far more dangerous game.
However, her (not-so) guilty pleasure, one she’d managed to keep from everyone so far, was fanfiction. She hadn’t yet worked up the courage to write any herself but she loved reading other people’s stories about characters from a TV show, book or movie. It amazed her how creative people could be when they wanted to. And she’d read some pretty good stuff in her fan life. Even more so, she wouldn’t deny enjoying some of the steamier stories that came out, especially when they were about a couple she wanted to see together. Those were her favorites.
However, that wasn’t on her mind this evening as she ran her usual checks on the computer, searching out information for Oilver and Digg. In addition, she also kept an eye on social media and websites that might mention the Arrow or Oliver. She figured it was a safety precaution as she knew something spread on Twitter could destroy the carefully built façade they’d finally gotten back up around the Arrow in the months after the earthquake. So when she heard a ping, signaling her computer had identified an Arrow related post, she clicked on it without thinking too much of it. After all, she’d seen a lot of interesting posts in the nearly two years she’d known Oliver.
What she hadn’t expected was this.
Her eyes widened as she saw a Tumblr post with a link that read “Visited by the Vigilante.”