Star Trek: Discovery Premiere Episode is Titled ‘The Vulcan Hello’

The Vulcan Hello

Episode Name Revealed

Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek television series to air in over a decade, premieres in just a few more days.  Today, we’ve learned that the premiere episode’s name will be “The Vulcan Hello”.

What’s not clear yet is if the title is for the first episode encompasses the first two episodes, or if each of those will be individually titled.  For example, Star Trek: The Next Generation had Encounter at Farpoint, which, after airing, became Encounter at Farpoint Part I and Part II.  The same was true for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise premieres.

David Semel directed the first episode of the show, contrary to the wishes of series creator Bryan Fuller before we parted ways with the show.  Fuller wrote the episode with Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman.

What We Know

New picture of Commander Burnham in an EVA suit
New picture of Commander Burnham in an EVA suit

Very little is known about the specifics surrounding the premiere, or the plot of the series in general.  CBS and series showrunners have been very tight-lipped.

What we do know is that most of the footage from the first Star Trek: Discovery trailer was from the premiere episode(s).

We’re likely to see the back story surrounding the main lead, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), including the attack on the Vulcan Academy in which her parents were killed.  We’re also likely to catch up with Sarek, Spock’s father and adopted father of Burnham.  Additionally, we’ll be brought up to speed about what the Klingons are undergoing during the time period.

When the series takes off, Burnham has been aboard the USS Shenzhou under Captain Philippa Georgiou for at least seven years.  The two of them appear to be stranded on an unknown planet, awaiting rescue by the Shenzhou.

Lastly, it seems that Commander Burnham has somehow shaken things up at the edge of Federation space, which Sarek seems rather concerned about.  “We’ve come all this way captain.  It would be irresponsible to leave whatever that is unknown” Burnham says in the trailer.

To refresh your memory, here’s the first Star Trek: Discovery trailer that was originally released in May 2017.

Set 10 years before Star Trek: The Original SeriesStar Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions of discovering 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.

The series features new ships and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

Star Trek Discovery premieres September 24th on CBS All Access in the USA, Space and CTV channels in Canada, and on September 25th on Netflix for the rest of the world.

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About Enrico Pastellio

Rico became a Star Trek fan after being introduced to it during Star Trek Enterprise's run. After finishing that series, he went back watching TNG, DS9, VOY, and most of the movies. He's a big fan of Star Trek (2009) for its action, but favors the cerebral nature of each tv series. When Rico first heard about the new Star Trek Discovery series (then just know as 'Star Trek'), he immediately wanted to start up a new site about the show. You can email him at enrico@ncc-1031.com.