As second chapter of “Star Trek: Discovery” begins, a look at paying for CBS All Access

Last fall, I saw someone talking about Star Trek: Discovery saying they were tired of being shamed because they can’t afford CBS All Access.

New episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery” resume this Sunday night.

First of all, if you are being shamed for not being able to afford CBS All Access, it’s important to understand that the people shaming you are assholes.

That said, if you really can’t afford CBS All Access, then you probably have bigger worries than not seeing Star Trek. It might be best to think of Discovery as a premium channel show — they certainly are spending a lot of money on it — and you can’t watch Discovery any more than you can watch Game of Thrones, West World, Outlander, Penny Dreadful, Silicon Valley, or any of the other shows that are on premium channels. Does that suck? It does. I don’t get to watch John Oliver most of the year because I don’t get HBO. But it’s also a reality.

If you can afford CBS All Access, and don’t want to, that’s a choice you made. You might think you shouldn’t have to pay, you might think it’s wrong you have to pay, or you might think you just don’t want to pay. In all those cases, you’re wrong, but that’s okay, that’s your choice. As long as you realize its a choice you made — you are making a choice to not watch Star Trek, just as much as I make a choice to not watch John Oliver.

Discovery is expensive, and it shows. They are pouring money into this. As a result, it’s actually pretty great television. It also means that this was never going to get made for network TV, because Trek’s ratings have never merited it. The choice was never “CBS All Access vs. Network;” it was “CBS All Access vs. No Trek.”

Make your choice; stand by your principles. If you don’t want to pay for it, don’t. But you probably shouldn’t bitch about it. You don’t have an inalienable right to Star Trek.

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