Producers say ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will feel like Star Trek!
The time is approaching, September 24, 2017 is the launch date for new Star Trek adventures. Without a new series in over 15 years, fans of Star Trek are clamoring for new stories and characters. Despite the excitement, many fans are still a bit nervous on what to expect. However, fans can rest easy. In a recent interview with CNET, producer Alex Kurtzman was surprisingly vocal about what to expect.
The executive producer promises the show intends to honor both the spirit and plot of the stories that came before:
“If you are a fan of Trek you are going to see a lot of things which hearken back to the original series and elements of the original series–I’m not just talking plot, but the spirit of what that show was.
We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ that I think people are going to find familiar. Without spoiling anything we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.”
Kurtzman also reveals that the show’s writers room is filled with hardcore ‘Star trek’ freaks, who are not going to allow the series to lose sight of what makes Star Trek tick.
“No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together. You have to keep very meticulous track of who, what, where, when and why. And we have people in the writer’s room whose sole job is to say, ‘Nope, can’t do that!’”
Looks like Kurtzman respects the series enough to keep the fans in mind while writing. Keep your fingers crossed Trekkies!
Star Trek: Discovery takes place roughly a decade prior to the five-year mission of Star Trek: The Original Series. In breaking with franchise tradition, the show’s main protagonist will not be a captain. Instead, it will be First Officer Michael Burnham, played by The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green.
Star Trek: Discovery’s cast also includes Jason Isaacs as the starship Discovery’s Captain Lorca, Rainn Wilson as Star Trek: The Original Series character Harry Mudd, James Frain as Sarek, Spock’s father, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the captain of another Starfleet ship, the Shenzhou, which will be important to the plot of Star Trek: Discovery. Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp both play science officers. Mary Wiseman will play a final year Starfleet Academy cadet.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24, 2017
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