After numerous delays, the seemingly acrimonious departure of co-creator Bryan Fuller, and a completely pointless teeth-gnashing of fans unwilling to deal with an Asian female captain for two episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has received a second season order from CBS. The show — a proactive, interesting and occasionally canon-breaking (ooh, holodecks!) prequel to the original Star Trek — has been a big win for CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access.
In a press release announcing the renewal (via Star Trek‘s official site), CBS highlighted the show’s premiere led to a new a record in “subscriber sign-ups in a single day, week and month.” Of course, as the series will soon go on hiatus, it will be interesting to see how many of those subscribers put their accounts on hold or cancel entirely as the service’s other content may leave a number of Trek fans wanting. Last night’s streaming debut of the sixth episode also saw a number of users complaining about the quality of the service as a whole.
Nevertheless, the show has overcome a number of obstacles and proved itself to be a worthwhile series. It can no doubt ride out technical difficulties in the wild world of streaming services.
Personally, I’m glad to see the program will have an opportunity to further develop characters like Burnham, Tilly and Stamets. And now that the show’s future is secure, one has to wonder about certain other characters and the chances of their return next season.
Star Trek: Discovery streams Sundays on CBS All Access.