Even with the Fall premiere of prime time television looming closer and closer, fans of ‘Star Trek’ fans will not be sated until January of 2017, when they will finally be able to watch the latest series of the franchise, ‘Star Trek Discovery.’ It will be the first series set in the universe since the cancellation of ‘Enterprise’ which itself ended an 18 year run of ‘Star Trek’ shows being on television. And while any information about the new series has been very hush hush so far, it seems that as the date approaches, series executive producer and show runner Bryan Fuller (‘Hannibal,’ ‘Pushing Daisies’) is finally releasing some juicy facts about the upcoming series, news which comes to us this week via a radio interview the man had with AICN.
Apparently, the new female lead character who is not a captain will be referred to in the series as “Number One,” which might seem odd but does fit in with the designations of the Federation as seen in other shows. Furthermore, Fuller revealed that while the premiere season of the show will have 13 episodes, his ideal is for the rest of the seasons is to number around 10 episodes each, similar to how HBO handles ‘Game of Thrones,’ which makes sense as they are trying to really make each episode outstanding (no filler episodes) and even 10 hours of well produced and highly budgeted television is a lofty goal for a show runner, especially someone like Fuller who is also showrunner on Starz’s ‘American Gods’ series.
The last bit of news divulged by Fuller is the fact that while the premiere episode was written by Fuller and Alex Kurtzman (‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’), it seems they managed to get Nicholas Meyer to come back to the fold to write the second hour of the new series. Meyer is probably best known for writing the arguably best movie with the original cast, ‘Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,’ and his other writing credits in the series include ‘The Voyage Home’ and ‘Undiscovered Country,’ which are some of the better movies for the franchise.
Does this news make you more excited for the new series? Excited enough to actually subscribe to CBS All Access and pay to see the show? Or do you hope the whole ‘All Access’ angle fails so we can all watch for free on regular cable? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)