Star Trek Show Gets ‘Most Watched’ Kudos
Star Trek: Discovery launched in 2017, and the show is doing just fine.
According to the network that is responsible for the show, Paramount, Discovery was the most-watched original series on the Paramount Plus streaming service in 2021.
Each season of Discovery is self-contained but has implications on everything that follows — the immediate crisis is resolved. And, each season has featured someone different in the big chair. Season 1 featured Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca, who represented a much darker character than we have ever seen in a Starfleet Officer. In Season Two, Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike temporarily takes over as captain while the Enterprise undergoes repairs. Season Three sees the ship’s second in command, Doug Jones’s Suru, promoted to captain. Suru is a Kelpian, a race that had not previously been explored in Star Trek.
The show’s central character is Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham, a human raised by Vulcans. She begins the series as second-in-command but is quickly demoted and court-martialed for starting a war with the Klingons.
And now, per Paramount, Discovery is at its strongest point to date in the fourth season. Impressive.
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Paramounts curiously didn’t release any actual numbers to accompany its declarations but gave assurances that shows like Discovery were the most prosperous.
This also indicates Discovery has recovered a bit reputationally. Last month, the show was pulled from Netflix‘s international audience, causing controversy for avid viewers.
Discovery touts an overall score of 73 from media-ranking entity Metacritic.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His odyssey with Star Trek starts from beginning to finish, watching ‘The Original Series,’ all the way to the present day. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).