Set phasers to back pedal! CBS is now denouncing recent statements made by ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ co-showrunner Aaron Harberts. Harberts previously implied that the Klingons in the upcoming series are based on supporters of Donald Trump.
In a recent interview, Harberts discussed how current events had an influence on the tone and direction of the upcoming CBS All Access series. Harberts said themes related to the show’s depiction of Klingons “are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country.”
Harberts elaborated on what those themes were, and multiple media outlets took that to mean that Trump supporters had specifically inspired the show’s version of the alien warrior race.
However, a representative for CBS announced on Monday morning that this interpretation was incorrect.
Harberts original statement regarding current events and how they influenced the show’s depiction of the Klingons stated:
“The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening. The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme. The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? There’s also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they don’t want to take it. It’s been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.”
So, it would seem that whether ‘Discovery’ will reflect the political conflict of today remains to be seen. While ‘Star Trek’ as a franchise often uses social commentary to drive plot points, maybe ‘Discovery’ will stand on its own without influence from the happenings of the real world!