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Bryan Fuller spills Star Trek: Discovery details, including when it's set

08.10.2016

Star Trek: Discovery

Ever since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air over a decade ago, I've been counting down the days until Star Trek is once again on the small-screen. That's not to say that the rebooted STAR TREK features haven't been entertaining, I've enjoyed them quite a bit, but Star Trek has always been at its best on television. With Star Trek: Discovery set to premiere early next year, Gene Roddenberry's long-running franchise will continue to endure.

Overseen by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), the new series has been a bit of a mystery up until now, but Fuller spilled quite a few new details about Star Trek: Discovery during the show's Television Critics Association panel today. Per Deadline & TrekCore, here are a few of the more interesting tidbits.

  • Star Trek: Discovery will be set "10 years before Kirk, and will bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series. We’re much closer to Kirk’s universe [than that of Archer’s], so we get to play with all of that [TOS-era] iconography of those ships and those uniforms."
  • The lead character will be a human female, but she won't be a captain. Fuller says that she's a "lieutenant commander with caveats." They haven't yet cast the role and while they seem to be looking to cast a woman of colour, they're not ruling anyone out at this stage. Fuller also adds that she will be a sensitive hero.
  • There will be seven lead characters in total.
  • The opening scene won't take place on Earth or any other planet.
  • The series will have "more aliens than you [normally] have on a Star Trek cast," including one named Saru.
  • Bryan Fuller again confirmed that since Star Trek: Discovery will be airing on CBS: All Access, they won't be subject to broadcast standards and practices. It will still be Star Trek, just with "slightly more graphic content."
  • As Star Trek has always been about diversity, Star Trek: Discovery will "absolutely [be] about continuing that tradition.” Fuller is aiming to bring diversity to every role, including "absolutely" including a gay character, but says that when it comes down to it, that "it’s about who’s the best actor."
  • Fuller also says that the series will launch from an event which was discussed in The Original Series, but was never fully explored. He went on to say that the event in question is NOT the Kobayashi Maru, the Battle of Axanar or the Earth/Romulan war.

It's a little too early to jump to any conclusions, but I like what we've been hearing so far. Production on Star Trek: Discovery will kick off in about two months with the first episode set to debut on CBS All Access in January 2017.

Source: DeadlineTrekcore

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5:11PM on 08/11/2016
I'm just so bored whenever I hear diversity being the central theme. What Star Trek did you guys watch as a kid, the one I saw was about exploration and discovery; and an examination into humanity. Yes, diversity was always there, but it's like saying phasers were always there; I wouldn't call it the central theme. Just make it good, that's all I care about, not the race or sex of the main character.
I'm just so bored whenever I hear diversity being the central theme. What Star Trek did you guys watch as a kid, the one I saw was about exploration and discovery; and an examination into humanity. Yes, diversity was always there, but it's like saying phasers were always there; I wouldn't call it the central theme. Just make it good, that's all I care about, not the race or sex of the main character.
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4:03PM on 08/11/2016

You read it frist --- 3 years it'll last before it's cancel

So lame --- they took the easy road -- we are going to see the same old stuff from the previous shows -- Star Trek Voyager was the best -- could have been better, but budgets cuts, etc ... They should have made it 100 hundreds after STV, and explore further the Delta quadrant
So lame --- they took the easy road -- we are going to see the same old stuff from the previous shows -- Star Trek Voyager was the best -- could have been better, but budgets cuts, etc ... They should have made it 100 hundreds after STV, and explore further the Delta quadrant
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1:18PM on 08/11/2016

SPACE, the final bullshit

Here we go again, and I don't mean that in a good way. There is nothing wrong with diversity, in fact it's the hallmark of Star Trek, but when a show's platform is based first on a politically correct agenda, the red-alert klaxon should be shattering everyone's eardrums. As a long time Trek fan, I'm shitting my pants because Star Trek will be in servitude to a contemporary agenda, rather than exploring good science fiction. Some may argue and say, well that's what Star Trek is about...taking
Here we go again, and I don't mean that in a good way. There is nothing wrong with diversity, in fact it's the hallmark of Star Trek, but when a show's platform is based first on a politically correct agenda, the red-alert klaxon should be shattering everyone's eardrums. As a long time Trek fan, I'm shitting my pants because Star Trek will be in servitude to a contemporary agenda, rather than exploring good science fiction. Some may argue and say, well that's what Star Trek is about...taking the sensitive issues of the day and putting them into story form. Not this time. While today's Trek may be exploring Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations at warp 9, there is a severe disconnect happening that's shrouded within the veneer of good intentions. For example, if I voice my concern over casting a female lead, I'm a chauvinist. If I voice my concern over a gay character, I'm a homophobe. If I voice my concern about casting someone of color, I'm a racist...and by the way Kevin Fraser, "woman of colour?" What decade are you living in? To be politically correct you should have said "a woman with an ethnic heritage." See what I mean folks? I disagree with this new Trek series, and I'm certain I will be ostracized, which is the very antithesis of Star Trek. Perhaps there is a silver lining. Ghostbusters 2016 has been considered a failure and with the half-assed response and reception of Star Trek Beyond, Hollywood may be starting to show signs of caving in under the weight of its own political correctness. As for me watching this new series, I'd rather vacation on Ceti Alpha 5.
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2:44PM on 08/11/2016
+1 for Ceti Alpha 5 comment. I never understand the ethnicity thing - we're all descended from some ethnic group or other.

Anyway, great rant. You make some great points.
+1 for Ceti Alpha 5 comment. I never understand the ethnicity thing - we're all descended from some ethnic group or other.

Anyway, great rant. You make some great points.
4:15PM on 08/11/2016
Viola Davis would be a good choice as a starfleet captain. Rhat's not political correctness.
Viola Davis would be a good choice as a starfleet captain. Rhat's not political correctness.
12:44PM on 08/11/2016

PLEASE make it more like the original series

The first series actually had more than one stupid set, they explored so many planets and had all these cool adventures. Then everything went to hell and it became a soap opera in a ship. No more exploring the planets, no more adventures, just stupid Holodeck Sherlock Holmes crap and more scenes on the bridge.
The first series actually had more than one stupid set, they explored so many planets and had all these cool adventures. Then everything went to hell and it became a soap opera in a ship. No more exploring the planets, no more adventures, just stupid Holodeck Sherlock Holmes crap and more scenes on the bridge.
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8:06AM on 08/11/2016
Overseen by Bryan Fuller... I'm expecting big things then
Overseen by Bryan Fuller... I'm expecting big things then
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2:50AM on 08/11/2016
I agree with those who have expressed concern about yet another prequel. Also, why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity, the sexual preference of characters? Sounds like a show made by executive committee.
I agree with those who have expressed concern about yet another prequel. Also, why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity, the sexual preference of characters? Sounds like a show made by executive committee.
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3:34AM on 08/11/2016
Q; Why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity and the sexual preference of characters?
A; Because that's clearly 'Hollywood's' agenda now. It's no longer about serving the story creatively but rather servicing a politicized agenda that is at present 'trendy'. At least this is an original idea and not a reworking of a canonized property based around male characters being lazily switched out for female ones. But the pandering to groups
Q; Why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity and the sexual preference of characters?
A; Because that's clearly 'Hollywood's' agenda now. It's no longer about serving the story creatively but rather servicing a politicized agenda that is at present 'trendy'. At least this is an original idea and not a reworking of a canonized property based around male characters being lazily switched out for female ones. But the pandering to groups who claim to be hard done by is pretty obvious by the sound of it.
3:34AM on 08/11/2016
Q; Why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity and the sexual preference of characters?
A; Because that's clearly 'Hollywood's' agenda now. It's no longer about serving the story creatively but rather servicing a politicized agenda that is at present 'trendy'. At least this is an original idea and not a reworking of a canonized property based around male characters being lazily switched out for female ones. But the pandering to groups
Q; Why is the first news we hear about the show focusing on the importance of inclusion, racial diversity and the sexual preference of characters?
A; Because that's clearly 'Hollywood's' agenda now. It's no longer about serving the story creatively but rather servicing a politicized agenda that is at present 'trendy'. At least this is an original idea and not a reworking of a canonized property based around male characters being lazily switched out for female ones. But the pandering to groups who claim to be hard done by is pretty obvious by the sound of it.
12:35AM on 08/11/2016
Right, well, first of all I'll say - I'm just happy that they're making a new Star Trek series. I personally love the new films but have always felt Trek can really be Trek on TV, with freedom to explore issues without having to conform to what makes a big splash at the box office.

As to these nuggets of news:

I'm disappointed that the show doesn't continue on from Nemesis, able to draw of stories (and actors) from every Trek series and film before it. I had gotten used to the idea it'd
Right, well, first of all I'll say - I'm just happy that they're making a new Star Trek series. I personally love the new films but have always felt Trek can really be Trek on TV, with freedom to explore issues without having to conform to what makes a big splash at the box office.

As to these nuggets of news:

I'm disappointed that the show doesn't continue on from Nemesis, able to draw of stories (and actors) from every Trek series and film before it. I had gotten used to the idea it'd be between The Undiscovered Country and the Next Generation as per the rumours of been hearing so am disheartened that it's before Kirk. That's not an area of time I'm particularly interested in (just as I wasn't when Enterprise was announced).

As to the lead character, I'm down with it being a female, in fact I'd guessed as much as soon as the series was announced. Personally I'd suggest an Asian actress (we have yet to have an Asian lead). As to the character not being the ships commanding officer - not the one making the decision - that's an interesting one. I reckon we'll join her as a Lt. commander but she'll rise to Captain by the end of the last episode. I think they'll have a recurring commanding officer to begin with and off them early to mid series. We've not really seen a lead character rise up the ranks, they're usually already in charge.
A gay character was obviously going to be included so no shock there.
7 regulars - I'm guessing (sort of contradicting what I said earlier) we can assume there'll be a Captain, Science officer, engineer, doctor, communications, helm and either a security chief or navigation officer. Maybe both if they don't cast a regular commanding officer? I find it hard to believe a captain character wouldn't eventually become the focus of the series if part of the main cast.
More aliens? I'll call it and say 4 of the regular 7 will be alien somehow. I have fingers crossed one will be Andorian. I bet they'll have a Vulcan too (even though I feel we've had a lot of them already (2 Spocks, Tuvok & T'Pol). One new species and... Not sure what the other one may be, a full on betazoid perhaps?

As I say, I'm excited Trek is back, but now I'm impatient to find out casting! I hope we find out something more soon.
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11:45PM on 08/10/2016
So disappointed that's it's another prequel. I was really rooting for a post Star Trek nemesis story. They've tried a Star Trek prequel series before and it didn't go well. Move the story forward not backward!!
So disappointed that's it's another prequel. I was really rooting for a post Star Trek nemesis story. They've tried a Star Trek prequel series before and it didn't go well. Move the story forward not backward!!
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8:16AM on 08/11/2016
Didn't they say it was an anthology series? So season 1 may be a prequel, but season 2 could be any time.
Didn't they say it was an anthology series? So season 1 may be a prequel, but season 2 could be any time.
10:29PM on 08/10/2016
ST is all about the morality of command, so i don't know how they will pull this off without the main character as a captain. technically Sisko was a 'commander' but was still the top dog, and they tweaked the show by adding a ship and promotion later. so, sounds dubious still..
ST is all about the morality of command, so i don't know how they will pull this off without the main character as a captain. technically Sisko was a 'commander' but was still the top dog, and they tweaked the show by adding a ship and promotion later. so, sounds dubious still..
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10:12PM on 08/10/2016
Ok this sounds promising.
Ok this sounds promising.
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