Star Trek has had a long and diverse reign. But it won’t be stopping just yet. Not only do we have a glorious film franchise to enjoy, we’re also getting a new TV series.
As mentioned over on EW, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills, the new series’ writer-producer Bryan Fuller answered a few questions from critics. According to Fuller, the new show will be led by a female lieutenant commander. One of the most successful series of Star Trek was led by a woman, Kate Mulgrew, from 1995 to 2001 so things are looking very positive.
Star Trek: Discovery will launch next January on CBS and then switch to the exclusive CBS All Access. As well as this snippet of information, Fuller also spoke about other elements of the new show:
“There’s an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deep into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself.”
EW says the event is definitely something referenced in the original series. However, Fuller ruled out the Romulan war and Section 31. Star Trek: Discovery is the perfect opportunity to explore more of Gene Roddenbery’s universe, though. The team has so many options already at their disposal. So long as they’re clever, they can do great things with Discovery.
The article also talks about Fuller wanting diversity as the focus on the show:
“Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who’s the best actor and also what can we say about diversity on the show. We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be, but that’s forefront in our minds.
Apparently the changes could cause some upset to fans:
“We’re producing the show in 2016. We have to update the style of the effects, the style of the sets, the style of the makeup.”
Star Trek: Discovery premieres in January 2017 on CBS.