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October 5, 2017 ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ soars, but locals are slow to get on board
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A new Star Trek voyage began Sept. 24 as “Star Trek: Discovery” premiered on CBS, with the second episode available for streaming on the CBS All-Access app, where the season will continue.

For the premiere, nearly 10 million fans tuned in to check out the first Star Trek series since “Star Trek: Enterprise” ended in 2005. The premiere drew 9.6 million viewers and drew a 1.9 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to a report by Variety.

According to CBS, the debut of the show resulted in record signups for the network’s streaming service and could make the entire month the best month for the new service.

The series has drawn positive reviews. According to critic aggregator site RottenTomatoes, the series is “certified fresh,” with 86 percent of the 44 critics rating it positive. The IMDb rating for the show currently sits at 7.2 out of 10.

However, with fans, the show has not been seen as positively, just barely “rotten” at 59 percent with 2,581 ratings. The less than stellar reception is reflected in the feelings found on a more local level.

The series does not seem to have the same appeal as other properties in the Riverside, Birthplace of Captain Kirk.

Phil Richman, one of the many volunteers at The Voyage Home Star Trek Museum, said he is boycotting the show because of the extra cost that comes along with the streaming service. The service costs $5.99 per month, with an option for an ad-free version for $9.99 monthly.

“I just don’t think it’s fair,” Richman said, who already pays for CBS through his television provider.

Richman said he will wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it at that point.

Other Riverside residents that The Kalona News spoke to about the series stated they had not yet checked out the series, with Mike Meinders stating like Richman that he was waiting for the DVD release.

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