At the Television Critics Press Association Press tour (we don’t know what that is either!) Bryan Fuller spilled some goodies about the new Star Trek series Discovery.
If you haven’t read all about it, check out this article from Variety who were reporting live from the event. Then come back whilst I speculate with my thoughts!
Here’s a cheat sheet of the news thanks to Screen Junkies.
Just as a caveat to the above, I can’t find any direct source that states the series will be set in the Klingon Wars. It’s probably a good guess as a lot of events have been ruled out such as the Romulan war (Battle of Axanar) and The Kobayashi Maru. Bryan Fuller did mention Amanda Grayson too but it didn’t read as definite that her character is included.
Whilst in Vegas, Carole and I spent a lot of time speculating with others when we thought Discovery would be based. I believed it would be based in the 29th Century, that it was a timeship and each season it would cover a different point in Star Trek history, filling in all those loose ends or raising new questions…. by the way, if you like that idea CBS… call me! I have more ideas!
The teaser showed us a brief reveal of the USS Discovery. The reaction has been as divisive as Brexit and much like our recent political drama there has already been some backtracking with execs stating that ‘its not a final design’.
We have been asked by many for our opinion so here is what we think. Overall, we like it! Its design resembles a Starfleet insignia from underneath, but it is also somewhat reminiscent of a TOS era Romulan Bird of Prey. A clue to its era perhaps?
Ok, so it doesn’t have the sleek, sexiness of an Enterprise. But that is fine with us. Maybe it’s not supposed too. It’s a bit like that dog in your neighbourhood, you know the one, it’s a bit funny looking. It’s not going to win crufts but it’s the most goddamn loving, soppiest dog ever. That’s the sense we get from the USS Discovery.
We honestly can’t place it in the timeline though. A lot of people are calling it a prequel and citing the early design concepts from The Motion Picture as its inspiration. Whilst we know for sure it is the Prime timeline (YESSS!) we really can’t tell from looking.
We have read fan comments about the registry, whether it offers any clues. Some claim that the registry indicates lineage, others counter argue that it’s irrelevant as they are different class ships.
But that’s just semantics, we’re interested in the substance of the show. From the announcement and Fuller’s description of the show, we are filled with optimism. The name is perfect and describes what Star Trek is all about. We LOVE that William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Michael Dorn were present for the reveal of the new series thus embedding it in Star Trek history.
It seems almost opposite from the launch of Enterprise where they distanced themselves from the brand (and even dropping the name ‘Star Trek’ from the title, for shame!).
Well done to all involved for fully embracing the fan spirit in the launch of this new series.
We are also in full favour of shortening the the name to the USS Disco! Thanks to Mark Watney, disco music is now THE genre of space travel. May we recommend this Kylie song as a theme tune (she also has a Jaylah thing going on in this vid!)
Fast zoom past Earth and the moon to signify ‘we’re going to be exploring the further reaches of our galaxy?’
The Nebula is reminiscent of the one at the end of Voyager’s opening credits? Also note news story from this week that Star Trek Voyager novelist Kirsten Beyer has joined the writing staff.
Then this happened:
and the Trekkie Girls jumped up and said in our best Sulu accent:
It HAS to be Praxis right?
As for this, initial thoughts are Romulus which we know in the Prime Universe has been destroyed by a supernova. It looks greenish.
Then there is a brief pink circle burst before the logo is revealed.
It has an edgy, metallic somewhat V’Ger vibe about it. We suspect the split in insignia is significant. Maybe alluding to some split in the Federation? This isn’t a new concept. DS9, Voyager and even Enterprise relied on the ‘two types of crew’ to create conflict and drive storytelling.
Now we have have likely made massive leaps in our guessing game jumping timelines and themes but maybe that something we can expect from a new series?
The announcements regarding the New Star Trek Series are beginning to read like a Trekkies dream team from an internet forum. Next they’ll be telling us they’ve signed up William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. They’ll be no complaints here!
We can’t help but fan girl over the latest news that Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry has been named Executive Producer.
The series now boasts five executive producers, in addition to Rod there’s also Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Trevor Roth and Bryan Fuller.
It’s like they want us to like it!
Then of course there’s the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the series on the writing staff. Known for directing (and co-writing, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
So we have a good mixture of producers and writers that cover all aspects of the Star Trek Universe. From Meyer who worked on TOS Movies, Kurtzman of the JJ-Verse, Bryan Fuller knows the 24th century Prime Universe and Roddenberry who is the son of Trek and is known for being grounded and understanding of the fan base.
To be treated as rumour only, Tony Todd (Kurn, Old Jake Sisko) has revealed that he is on a ‘very short casting list’ for the new series. He also said we’d have to wait until the forth quarter this year until we get any glimpse of official casting. More info on Trekcore.
Is anyone else starting to think Star Trek: The New Series has a nice ring to it??