Here's what critics say about 'Star Trek: Discovery', which brings the franchise back to TV after more than a decade

Star trek discovery cbs all accessJan Thijs/ CBS Interactive‘Star Trek: Discovery’ stars, from left, Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru, Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou.

Television has changed a lot since the last time a Star Trek show was on the air.

“Star Trek: Enterprise” aired its last episode in May 2005, and “Star Trek: Discovery,” which premiered Sunday night on CBS (the rest of the season will be on CBS All Access), has proven that the franchise can handle a 2017 upgrade.

Most critics already agree that “Discovery” is a solid return with an excellent cast, an intriguing storyline, and excellent effects that can successfully recruit a new generation of Trekkies, while keeping the spirit that audiences fell in love with over the past few decades.

But, as always, not everyone agrees. Some critics, and users, found the show dull. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an 86% critic score, and a 53% audience score.

Here’s our round-up of “Star Trek: Discovery” reviews:

It maintains the spirit of the beloved, decades-old franchise.


'While Discovery is fundamentally quite different from much of the Trek that's come before, its engagement with the franchise, and willingness to both celebrate and examine its core values, keep it true to that spirit.' -IndieWire

'Despite the concessions to modern TV storytelling and effects, Discovery feels like a Star Trek show -- at times one with the potential to be quite good.' -Uproxx

Sonequa Martin-Green, the first black woman to lead a Trek instalment, carries the show well and fits into the world.


'The series has a strong backbone in Martin-Green, and so far, promises to be an enjoyable way to pass the time as pop culture returns to the final frontier.' -TV Guide

'While Sonequa Martin-Green does much of the heavy lifting, she is not alone. The supporting cast is incredibly charming and immediately places the viewer in the comfortably familiar milieu of Star Trek.' -Nerdist

'This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.' -Entertainment Weekly

The supporting cast also fits into world and makes it more engaging. Jason Isaacs, who you might recognise as Lucius Malfoy from the 'Harry Potter' films, is incredible and a very welcome presence.


'The actor playing this mysterious Gabriel Lorca -- Jason Isaacs -- also happens to be a major talent who instantly lifts (Sonequa) Martin-Green's game. These two appear to be a winning, multidimensional combo.'

'With its level of talent and commitment, Star Trek: Discovery has a decent chance of getting on course to complete its mission.' -USA Today

'Though Discovery has a number of patches of leaden exposition, the mentoring relationship between the two women is nicely sketched out by Yeoh and Martin-Green.' -Variety

It successfully transforms Trek for its new era.

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'With a polished production, a complex plot, and several compelling characters already introduced, Discovery is off to a good start in transforming Trek on TV for a new era.' -IGN

'Star Trek is best when it's hopeful, but hope shines brightest amid horror. On some level, Discovery knows both of those things, and that's why it's a show I'm eager to keep watching.' -Vox

'At the end of the day, the interpersonal dynamics between the characters are just as interesting as the space travel and aliens.' -E! Online

But not everyone agrees.

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''Discovery' has to stand as Discovery and this is a disorienting start... So that really puts everything on Sonequa Martin-Green, at least for me, and even as great as she is, I'm not sure if she's enough.' -The Hollywood Reporter

'Despite being outfitted with some interesting wrinkles, Star Trek: Discovery is an unspectacular addition to the existing fleet of Trek-branded series.' -CNN

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