‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ the first newly-televised version of the franchise in over 12 years, has had a troubled path during its production – a bumpy ride that has been fairly well publicized. Fans who are following the show’s status know by now that ‘Discovery’ will have a 15-episode first season – a season that will follow a more serialized format than any of the other incarnations of televised ‘Trek,’ which have all been largely episodic.
Hand in hand with this approach, it seems, is the desire to make each season distinctly about something different. The first season, we’ve recently learned, will focus heavily on the “Klingon War,” a heretofore unheard-of piece of “classic Trek universe” lore. According to a recent interview, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman explains that the War will lean heavily on the actions of series main character Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green):
“She is fascinated and fixated on alien races; particularly the Klingons, for reasons that we’ll come to understand are very personal for her. Given the fact that we’re at war with the Klingons in the show, she’s going to have a lot to say and do about it.”
Kurtzman also elaborated on his desire to have each season feature a new primary focus:
“Each season needs to be about a different thing. I wouldn’t necessarily want to bring the Klingon War into season two. However, the results of the war are going to allow for a lot of new storytelling that will be the result of everything that happens and the people that are left behind; the casualties, the things that have grown in Starfleet as a result of the war. That’s what we’ll inherit in the second season.”
For better or for worse, fans don’t have much longer to wait in order to see the show on their screens.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will debut on CBS on September 24, 2017.