And yet, it’s not the first time international Trekkers have been left in the dark. The first batch of excellent Short Treks minisodes spinning out of Discovery’s first season, for example, did not reach international audiences day and date with their U.S. broadcast—simply being dumped on Netflix without fanfare just ahead of the second season’s arrival. But it’s easier to argue when it’s a 12-minute minisode that them arriving in fits and starts is not a huge deal. Lower Decks is being presented as the next big Star Trek show, a significant addition to this expansive world of Star Trek, doing things we’ve not seen from a major addition to the franchise before.

Fans who’ve been led along in silence as more and more news and information about the show has come out, with seemingly nothing more than a quiet reassurance on Twitter, are right to be frustrated when all they want to do is support Lower Decks legally in the same way their U.S. and Canadian friends will be able to do later this week. If CBS is going to be as serious about making Trek on TV as big as it’s spent the past few years hyping up, that also has to mean giving access to the series beyond a single continent in a timely manner without leaving people in the awkward position of either having to avoid official news entirely or seek access elsewhere.

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In this day and age—and for a series with such broad, global appeal as Star Trek, a series filled with show after show of people from across the world and across the universe coming together in shared interests and passions—keeping international fans in the dark is an increasingly baffling prospect. We’ve reached out to CBS to see just when international fans can expect to hear news about Lower Decks arriving on their own shores, and will update this piece if we hear back.

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