Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, September 24. All times are Eastern. Never give up. Never surrender!
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS, 8:30 p.m./CBS All Access, 9:30 p.m.): Star Trek fans, the wait is finally over: The first new series in over a decade from the Gene Roddenberry creation arrives tonight, set 10 years ahead of the original series “to follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.” A good message for all of us! The first episode airs on the TV (before the series switches to CBS All-Access): In “The Vulcan Hello,” “While patrolling Federation space, the USS Shenzhou encounters an object of unknown origin, putting First Officer Michael Burnham to her greatest test yet.” But not her last, of that we are certain. Zack Handlen can’t wait to join Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, and Rainn Wilson onboard.
Galaxy Quest (Amazon): If you’d rather just poke gentle fun at Star Trek in a nostalgic manner, forget The Orville and go straight to one of the world’s most perfect movies: Galaxy Quest. Tim Allen is the Kirk, Sigourney Weaver is the Uhura, and Alan Rickman (R.I.P.) is the Spock in a very Star Trek-like TV show. Then an alien race finds the “historic documents” of TV reruns and thinks the cast is actual a star fleet command, and transports them to outer space to help them battle a vicious warlord. The sci-fi nods fly fast and furious as the actors become an actual team, culminating in the best Star Trek movie that’s not a Star Trek movie.