While it would seem kind of obvious to praise the power of film editing, it needs to be brought up with the release of not one, but two trailers for the new series Star Trek: Discovery.
The show, scheduled to debut in the fall, is a streaming series that will be available on CBS All Access in North America and Netflix in the rest of the world. Set 10 years before the original series, it promises to embrace modern storytelling techniques while maintaining the optimistic view of humanity postulated by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. All of which will theoretically be accomplished through a new cast of characters aboard the starship Discovery, among others.
We say theoretically, because the trailers that were released on the same day—one more tightly edited and shorter than the other—give two very different impressions of the show.
Both carry the description, “Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, there was Discovery. This fall discover adventure, discover courage, discover your destiny.” From there, the CBS All Access trailer delivers an intriguing look at the show, yet not necessarily one that suggests it’s moving far beyond the previous five live action series in the franchise (the original, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise). There's a lot there that feels familiar, which is important in some ways, but there also has to be a sense of the new and unexplored beyond just a new crew.
And then there’s the Netflix trailer, which runs about half the length of the other. Yet it’s so much stronger, conveying tension, intrigue, strong character beats with conflict that make you want to know more about these people, and definitely a sense of scope (despite the fact, ironically, it’s showing us less). It will be interesting to see what version of Star Trek: Discovery we’ll get when the show makes its debut.
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