Knowing the importance of accuracy in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise to Trekkies everywhere, it probably shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the showrunners of ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ have hired some super fans to help fact check the scripts to make sure it follows canon. With television and books all having established years worth of little facts which we’ll need to have as accurate, producer Alex Kurtzman has revealed that CBS has hired fact checkers as well as “superfan writers” for the writers room in order to make sure that these stories all follow canon.
Even if you discount all of the novels, we’re talking about five live-action series which have over 700-episodes of television. Oh, and a couple of films to boot.
According to Kurtzman:
“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.
You have to respect canon as it’s being written. You can’t say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no no, you can’t do that, they would kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. 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!'”
I’m not sure how this explains all of the differences of how Klingons look or the uniforms that don’t match anything that we’ve seen to date but quite possibly both of those topics will be covered when the show premieres. Either that or my fellow Trekkies will apparently kill Kurtzman and everyone else involved if the above comment is true.
Will Kurtzman’s ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ allow him to live long and prosper or will phasers be set to kill? Share your thoughts on the series trying to be accurate with two huge notable visual flaws already being touted in the comments below!