At this point, it's pretty safe to say that a lot of people have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the brand new sci-fi series, Star Trek: Discovery. The groundbreaking series not only is the first Star Trek television show since Enterprise went off the air in 2005, but it features the first female Captain and First Officer pairing in franchise history.
The wait is finally over as Discovery premieres on Sunday night on CBS All Access, and the network has treated us all with the first look at the show's brand new opening sequence. Even if you're not necessarily a huge fan of #StarTrek, you'll definitely love these credits. The simple artistry behind these credits is truly a thing of beauty.
Check the opening sequence out here:
In addition to bringing something new, this title sequence gives longtime fans some nods to past Star Trek events. We not only start off by hearing the classic Star Trek theme music, but we're treated to a quick glance at Spock's signature "Live long and prosper" hand gesture. You also can't ignore the references to the iconic USS Enterprise that are seen throughout.
As well as giving nods to the past, the art style of the entire sequence lends a hand to the overall theme of discovery and exploration. The blueprint-like style gives the impression that Discovery is laying the path for all of the future series (it is a prequel, after all), and drawing the foundation needed for Captain Kirk and the original Star Trek series to get off the ground. Not only that, but it flips things around at the same time and emphasizes how the past series were used as a blueprint for Discovery.
When all is said and done, art is about discovery and finding things that you might not have known about yourself, culture, sound, or anything else. I think the style the Discovery creative team went with for this opening sequence was brilliant because it is stimulating as much as it is a celebration of the artistry that goes into creating a Star Trek franchise. As you're watching the sketches unfold, you don't know what will be discovered next. That perhaps is the best foreshadowing they could have given audiences for Discovery, and it's successfully done in just under two minutes.
How do you feel about the opening sequence for Star Trek: Discovery? Leave a comment and let's talk about it!