While Sonequa Martin-Green does much of the heavy lifting, she is not alone. The supporting cast is incredibly charming and immediately places the viewer in the comfortably familiar milieu of Star Trek.
While Discovery is fundamentally quite different from much of the Trek that's come before, its engagement with the franchise, and willingness to both celebrate and examine its core values, keep it true to that spirit.
The show couples pure "Star Trek" spirit and references that will make fans grin, but it has enough action and compelling characters to draw in people who don't know the difference between the Kelvin and Prime timelines.
Star Trek: Discovery has incredible character development, a sustainable plot, and production value that looks so good that it feels like you're traveling in orbit right there with Commander Burnham and the crew.