I haven’t watched a “Star Trek” series since I was a kid in the 1970s and Capt. Kirk and company were the heroes of syndication. It doesn’t mean I haven’t appreciated its status as a pop culture touchstone along the way.
But I don’t think I can get back into it right now by ponying up $7 a month to CBS for its All Access streaming service just to see “Star Trek: Discovery.” As good as the series looks based on reviews and trailers available online, I’d rather use that $7 to cover about a third of my “Blade Runner 2049” experience at Seattle’s Cinerama next week.
Regardless, it’s hard to not fall for the opening credits of “Discovery” that are sitting out there for free on YouTube.
Featuring artist renderings of ships and phasers and communicators and planets and spacesuits in blueprint-style graphics, the sequence is set to a wonderful orchestral score which should make even the “Game of Thrones” credits creators take notice.
Judging by some of the comments on YouTube, the subtle nature of it all appears lost on a fan base accustomed to having space and spaceships rammed down their throats, perhaps. To me it’s more fun to be surprised and to give a nod to the fact that “Star Trek” can still do that after 50 years.