Recently, during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Executive Producer Bryan Fuller was able to speak about his new ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ series set to air on CBS All Access in January of 2017. Understandably, he could not give away too much information about the highly anticipated series, but we got a few spoilers from him nonetheless, more than enough to get us excited for the new series.
Running down the full list, Fuller confirmed the lead would be a female character, though not a Captain, in Fuller’s words, she’s a ‘Lieutenant Commander — with caveats.” As for the main story of the 13-episode season, Fuller hinted that:
“There’s an incident, an event in Star Trek history in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored. [We’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy.”
Fuller then went on to state that the incident is not the Kobayashi Maru, nor the Romulan War, not anything involving Starfleet’s black-ops arm, Black Ops Section 31, but that fans “should be very happy. It’s something I want to see.” He then went on to talk about the diversity in the cast, nothing that “We’re going to have new exciting aliens and also re-imaginings of existing aliens….[also] There will be robots.”” He also mentioned that the new show will take place in the Prime Universe (as opposed to the JJ Abrams created Kelvin Universe), and will “bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series.”
Fuller also confirmed that there will be a gay character on the show, while reminiscing about his time on ‘Deep Space Nine’ and the hate mail the show received over the rumor of Jeri Ryan’s character being gay, mail that Fuller has kept all these years to push him into making a character gay if he ever got to run a ‘Star Trek’ show. He also spoke about his love of Spock’s mother, Amanda Grayson, and hinted that she might factor into the show at some point.
“I love that character. I loved Winona Ryder’s portrayal of her [in the 2009 movie] and it’s a great character. It would be fun in some iteration of this show to incorporate her and her storyline she’s not a central part of the show but we love that character.”
Fuller then took the time to make fun of the show’s acronym (STD), commenting that the show might have slightly more graphic content. He stated that the opening scene of the show would not take place on Earth, or even a planet, and lastly, he stated that the show would feature “about 7” lead characters, including Lee Pace of ‘Pushing Daisies.’
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