After all that, do I really need to watch Star Trek: Discovery?
The contemporary series, on CBS All Access and Vudu, is set about a decade before Kirk and company started exploring their strange new worlds in the Original Series, But instead of self-contained encounters with parallel Earths and omnipotent aliens, Discovery has an ongoing plot arch with a complex mythology. I've read the plot synopsis on wikipedia, and it's clear as mud: something about a Klingon prophecy and mirror universes.
But I'll still watch a series if it has 1) gay characters or 2) beefcake.
Gay Characters: Check. Paul Stamets (gay actor Anthony Rapp), a fungus specialist, is married to medical officer Hugh Culbert (gay actor Wilson Cruz). Hugh succumbs to "bury your gays" in Season 1, but comes back in Season 2.
1. Jason Isaacs (top photo) as the mysterious Captain Lorca, who has an agenda of his own (who doesn't?).
2.-3. Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz aren't bad.
4. Shazad Latif as Voq, an albino Klingon going undercover as a human.
5. The extremely gifted-beneath-the-belt Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, captain of the Enterprise before Kirk took over. He appeared as a prisoner of omnipotent aliens in the pilot of the original series.
6. Ethan Peck as Spock, chief science officer on the Enterprise.
7. James Frain as Sarek, Spock's father.
There are a lot of characters from the original series, like comic relief flim-flam man Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson). But will we see any biceps and bulges?
Not many: According to Entertainment Weekly, the series tries to stay away from shirtless scenes. It's about the mythology, not about the bare chests.
Deal breaker. Let Discovery spin into its own complex, fully-clothed mythology. I'll go back to the original series, with Kirk getting his shirt ripped off in every episode.