It’s a good weekend to be a Trekkie! Not only has ‘Star Trek Beyond’ premiered in theaters, but at the ‘Star Trek’ 50th anniversary panel at Comic-Con, Bryan Fuller revealed the title and a teaser of the new ship that will be traversing the final frontier on television.
The new CBS series will be called ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and to celebrate the news, Fuller screened a video of the test flight for starship where the new crew will be living aptly named the U.S.S. Discovery.
With production slated to begin sometime in September, not a lot has been disclosed about the new series. What has been revealed is that that series will introduce new characters who will continue to explore new civilizations and new worlds all the while exploring contemporary themes that plague our times much like the franchise has done in the past. “We want to carry on what Star Trek does best,” stated Fuller, “which is being progressive.”
We don’t know who will be at the helm the starship or much of the crew members as Fuller is still in the casting phase of production and has stated he will cast “through a colorblind prism” obviously inferring to the Hollywood outcry of white washing in the industry.
For fans who love the television series, you’ll be happy to hear that ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will not be set in the Kelvin universe where J.J. Abram’s reboot of the franchise lie, but in the Prime universe where ‘The Original Series,’ ‘The Next Generation,’ ‘Voyager,’ and all the rest of the TV shows remain. Because of this, CBS had decided to wait 6 months after the release of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ to avoid any confusion.
Interestingly enough, at the panel Fuller did state that ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ would not be episodic in nature like its predecessors, but will “tell stories like a novel.” This approach seems to work well with other shows that are on streaming platforms like Netflix’ ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Daredevil’ so it will be interesting to see it used for ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’ And with a 13 episode order, it does seem like a good way to go with this series.
We’ll definitely be keeping our eye on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and will report any new news as they happen so make sure you check back here often!
In the meantime, let us know what you think of the test flight of the U.S.S. Discovery below:
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ premieres on CBS in January 2017 then will continue it’s 13 episode run on CBS All Access.