Mind you, my avoidance is not because they are creating a new “Star Trek” or that the potential for official canon to be corrupted is multiplied when a “prequel” is introduced. It has more to do with the fact that I want to reserve judgment.
It is easy to make snap judgments about a show that is connected to a zeitgeist such as “Star Trek.”
So I have been avoiding Facebook posts and other nerd columns actively since the new show was announced.
Since “Star Trek” hit the waves in the 1960s, it has had a huge fan following.
The original Trek was groundbreaking, even though it only lasted three seasons, and it has spawned five spinoffs and 13 feature films (and counting).
Regardless of which Trek is your favorite, there is a high likelihood you’ve seen at least one episode of the shows, which have run in syndication on and off for as long as they have existed.
Much like “Star Wars,” there are two ways of watching “Star Trek” — chronologically by the year released or chronologically by “stardate.”
Discovery will be at the second-earliest stardate, 10 full years prior to the original mission of Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise.
I obviously lost my battle to avoid looking at anything Discovery-related, since I know the stardate.
I also took a look at the show’s cast, just to see if there were any names I recognized.
For instance, Doug Jones is set to appear as a regular cast member.
He is a master of portraying non-human characters. As a former contortionist, his movements can look very non-human.
Jones is best known for roles in “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Men in Black,” as well as such television shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Flash.”
Jason Isaacs has signed on, as well. Many will recognize him from “Harry Potter,” “The Patriot” or “Black Hawk Down.”
Anthony Rapp — well known for his involvement with “Rent,” both on and off Broadway — will portray the first openly gay character on “Star Trek.”
Michelle Yeoh, known for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” is set to play the woman in charge.
Not much is known about the storyline we’ll be seeing, and I hope to keep it that way in my world.
Hopefully, coming into this new series with fresh eyes and no preconceived notions will help me to like this Trek better than the last television series I tried.
Time will tell — “Discovery” is set to premiere next week.