'Star Trek: Discovery': Meet Spock's Father Sarek

CBS is hoping to use the series to invite new subscribers to pay for their monthly CBS All Access service that costs $5.99 per month.

On one hand, it's a bit unfair that Discovery is inextricably linked to All Access.

In the meantime, all the Star Trek shows are streaming on Netflix in the U.S. If you have not seen those shows, you should definitely check them out. Set ten years before the events of the original series, Discovery follows First Officer Michael Burnham (the charmastic Sonequa Martin-Green), a Starfleet Officer with experience and conviction, the kind of woman that follows her brain but isn't afraid to listen to her heart.

Did it accomplish the former?

Note: We're avoiding major spoilers in this review of Star Trek: Discovery's two-part premiere. The first two hours of the CBS' sci-fi drama showed us that the galaxy isn't doing very well.

The company said CBS All Access also had its best week and month with the launch of Star Trek, the kick off of the National Football League on CBS on its local live feeds and the season finale of Big Brother.

Once you ignore what it could have been, it's easier to determine what Discovery actually is: a thoroughly mixed bag.

Star Trek: Discovery will be the show's newest incarnation after an eleven year absence from the screen - with viewers catching up with the goings on of the star fleet. But the things that're worrisome about Discovery go deeper than the visuals: There's the fact Discovery is relying on Klingons, yet again, as adversaries.

In Star Trek: Discovery, Sarek is also the father of First Officer Michael Burnham.

Want more stuff like this? Based on the two-part Discovery premiere, the show has successfully made the jump to the modern mode of serialized storytelling, an approach that was mostly avoided in the previous Trek shows. In "The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars", Discovery sets up an ambitious season-long arc focused on the reignition of tensions between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon empire after almost a century of tense isolationism. The Klingons, who are unsafe enemies in this world, are very elaborately garbed and their scenes are often ponderous and too slow (the actors give their level best, but they labor under imposing facial prosthetics that make their expressions hard to read). "It will be a whole new way of looking at the series". I'd love for Discovery to become great, and if it finds firmer footing, it seems like it could. Yet, I knew she could kick any Klingon's ass with or without a phaser.

The premiere immediately showed the fans the framework of the first season.