I've been a Star Trek fan my entire life. It goes without saying, then, that I was eagerly anticipating the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. Even through the myriad production delays and the departure of key behind-the-scenes staff, I remained optimistic. The casting was good. The promo images were good. The trailer was good.
Now the first two episodes have arrived, and the question remains: Just how good is Star Trek: Discovery?
This show is solid. It could even be great, given the chance.
In fact, it seems just as good as anything CBS has on the air. So the question is: Why the requirement of a subscription just for US viewers? After all, it's airing on Netflix in the rest of the world, except Canada, where it can be seen on the Space channel.
It's becoming increasingly clear we're past the point where you could subscribe to just one or two streaming services and watch most of what you wanted. More and more companies are creating their own exclusive services, but you have to have the content to justify that. CBS All Access, at least as it exists right now, does not. Because the other offerings on the streaming service are so poor (it doesn't even have full back catalogs of many of its own shows), CBS is basically asking people to pay $6 a month (with commercials) to $10 a month (without commercials) for the privilege of watching one show, maybe two. That being said, the strategy appears to be working: CBS claims it had a record number of sign-ups in a single day for the debut.