‘Star Trek’s new TV streaming series has fans concerned

November 3, 2015

“Star Trek” is boldly going into the streaming universe, with a series that will introduce characters and alien civilizations. But it’s left some fans underwhelmed.

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CBS said the series, starting in January 2017, will be shown primarily on the network’s streaming and subscription service, CBS Access, with only a preview episode being broadcast.

The original TV show depicting the adventures of the Starship Enterprise has spawned more than a dozen movies and five TV series since its launch in 1966.

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Yet enthusiasm over Monday’s announcement was tempered by concern as some Trekkies griped about having to pay to watch the new series.

“The fact that this new series is exclusive to CBS All Access makes some of us Star Trek fans feel like paying chumps. Star Wars fans don’t get treated like this,” complained raphael143 on website startrek.com.

CBS said the shows will introduce “new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”

 

CBS said the series is not related to the “Star Trek Beyond” movie, starring Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, due for release next summer.

 

 

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