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September 18, 2017updated 20 Sep 2017 10:07am

Is Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix? What’s it about and when’s it on?

By Jack Rear

For the first time since 2005, a new Star Trek series is coming to television! If you’re a sci-fi fan, now is a good time ramp up your excitement levels!

But what is the new series about? When and where can you watch it? Will the series be coming to Netflix? Which stars will be appearing in it? Fear not, gentle readers, for we have all the answers you seek.

Is Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix? When is it on?

It is indeed, or at least, it will be. Or at least, it will be if you live outside of the USA and Canada.

The very first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS on 24th September. You’ll then be able to watch that episode, and every other episode on CBS All Access, their dedicated streaming service, if you’re a fan in the USA or Canada.

However, not all of us have CBS, or even know what CBS is, and that’s where Netflix steps in. Netflix has the distribution rights to Star Trek: Discovery after having paid an extortionate amount of money to CBS. It’s rumoured that Netflix paid somewhere in the region of $6-7 million per episode for the show. Indeed, the entirety of the show’s budget was funded by Netflix’s original acquisition of the rights. Eventually, the budget grew even larger, but that’s by the by.

All of this is a long-winded way of saying, yes, you will be able to watch Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix. The first episode of the series will stream on Netflix worldwide from 25th September, one day after its US premiere.

What is Star Trek: Discovery about and who is in it?

“Set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, the show sees the Klingon T’Kuvma look to unite the 24 great Klingon houses, leading to a cold war between his race and the United Federation of Planets that involves the crew of the USS Discovery.”

That’s the official premise.

For those who have never come across the Star Trek universe before, that probably sounds like gibberish. Here’s a more simple explanation.

The USS Discovery is a scientific spaceship travelling the cosmos discovering planets and species and stuff. At some point, the crew get caught up in a war between the the United Federation of Planets and a warlike alien race called the Klingons. The main character of the series is first officer, Michael Burnham, a human woman raised by another alien race called the Vulcans.

Aside from that, the plot has been shrouded in mystery, so we’ll have to wait and see what lies ahead. We do, however, know some of the characters!.

Sonequa Martin-Green will Michael Burnham, most audiences will know her as Sasha from The Walking Dead. Jason Isaacs, better known as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter film series will play the captain of the USS Discovery, Gabriel Lorca. Doug Jones, the guy who played the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, will play an alien called Saru. Anthony Rapp who played Mark Cohen in Rent both on stage and on film, will play Star Trek’s first ever openly gay character, Paul Starmets, a science officer aboard the Discovery.

The series will be 15 episodes long and will be broadcast weekly. A mid-series break will occur after the episode airing on the 5th/6th November (depending where you live!) The remaining episodes will air in January.

Do I need to know anything about Star Trek to watch this?

You absolutely do not. Whether you enjoyed the movies and want to jump aboard, you’re a fan of Sonequa Martin-Greene’s performance in The Walking Dead, or that snazzy trailer won you over, no knowledge of Star Trek is needed.

However, if you do want to catch up on the franchise’s 38-year history, you can catch all 695 episodes of the numerous Star Trek series so far on Netflix.

There’s been several hints that this new series will be full of easter eggs referencing what has gone before. Most obviously, Michael Burnham is going to be the adopted sister of Spock, one of the most famous Star Trek characters of all time!

Sounds like there’s plenty to look forward to!

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