At the Mission New York convention this weekend, a show focused around all things ‘Star Trek,’ fans were left disappointed that they didn’t get any new footage from ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ and perhaps also a little confused at some of the comments they heard from the show’s creative team members that were in attendance.
‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ of course, is the new Trek series coming to audiences early next year. The show is currently scheduled to routinely run only on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming-only service. We received word last week that the show will not focus on the captain of the USS Discovery, but rather the female First Office, currently dubbed only as “Number One” (but reportedly a different character than the female “Number One” we were introduced to in the classic ‘Star Trek’ series).
Bryan Fuller, showrunner of the unfortunately-acronymed ‘ST:D,’ was not live in attendance at Mission New York, although he did feature in a video about the series. Two writers of the series, Kirsten Beyer and Nicholas Meyer, were at the show and participated in the ‘Discovery’ panel. Meyer, of course, is well known to ‘Trek’ fans via his work on multiple previous franchise projects; when a fan at the panel asked about getting an assurance that the show will be everything fans hope it will be, Meyer responded with a cryptic reply: “Lower your expectations.” Later, he elaborated a bit, speaking about his and the other writers’ obligations to work within the confines of the ideas that Fuller has brought to the show:
“It is a symbiotic relationship, and all I’m suggesting is that if you go with open minds and open hearts, you may be rewarded. Whereas if you go with a set of impossible to realize expectations, which even you cannot specifically define, then we’re bound to fail. And so I’m saying: get loose.”
For his part, Fuller spoke during his pre-recorded interview about the nature of the show and the rationale behind the titling of the new series:
“This ship is called the Discovery for a few reasons. Not the least of which is Stanley Kubrick’s contribution to the Discovery [in] ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ NASA’s vessel the Discovery, and also the sense of discovery… what the word ‘discovery’ means to Star Trek audiences who have been promised a future by Gene Roddenberry where we come together as a planet and seek new worlds and new alien races to explore and understand and collaborate with.”
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is currently slated to premiere on CBS in January 2017, before moving to CBS All Access shortly afterward.
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