Ring the freaking bell and beam us up because after months and months of wondering whether the new Star Trek would actually be available to Canadians, Bell Media announced on Monday morning that yes — yes indeed it’s coming to a TV near us.
Actually, not only will Star Trek premiere here day and date with CBS when it debuts in January 2017, but every single episode of every single Star Trek ever is now also available on CraveTV. We’re talking the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and yes, even Enterprise. This basically means the rest of our summer is kind of shot.
We won’t lie — our phasers were set to stunned when we learned CBS was showing the new series on its new digital subscription service, All Access, and only sharing the pilot on its traditional network. How were Canadian Trekkers supposed to get in on the final frontier action?
Thankfully, Bell Media has decided to air the pilot on CTV and then make subsequent episodes available on Space. Of course the entire thing will also be available on CraveTV for all the binge-watchers out there.
If you ask us, it makes perfect sense that Canadians should be able to watch too; the show will actually shoot in and around Toronto beginning this September. Not being able to watch would have been crueller than Spock’s death in The Wrath of Khan.
We didn’t think it was possible, but now that we know the journey will continue in Canada too, we’re even more excited to see what this new crew and ship will look like. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll even get a William Shatner cameo. After all, the Canadian has filmed stuff in Toronto before.
For now we’ll just patiently wait, knowing that this Star Trek is in good hands thanks to producers Bryan Fuller (who worked on Deep Space Nine and Voyager) and Alex Kurtzman (who worked on the big screen films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness).
But for the record, we’re also counting down the days until premiere.