New details on the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery popped up courtesy of series producer/showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods). He revealed to Ain’t It Cool News the timeline in which the new series will take place, a name (sort of), and more.
First up is the female lead, who is a lieutenant commander on the ship. She will be referred to as Number One (how very Commander Riker of her) for the majority of the first season; her real name won’t be revealed until towards the end. Strange, but not unfounded. Captain Jean-Luc Picard often referred to Commander William T. Riker (played by Jonathan Frakes) as Number One, but it was only Picard. Everyone else referred to him by rank and name. That leaves me to wonder just how much interaction she’ll have with the rest of the cast. Or…she might be a proto-Data with no name yet. I’m just guessing.
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery will be told over 13 episodes where “each episode is a chapter, within each chapter will be a beginning, middle and end,” he told EW.
Fuller also said that the first hour of 13 will be penned by himself and Alex Kurtzman, and the second hour will be written by Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country — so…the good ones). The series will also take place in the Prime (aka Classic) timeline where Captain Kirk is still William Shatner. The universe in which the most recent Star Trek movies currently occupy is referred to as “Kelvin.”
“We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you typically have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet where we’re going to have new exciting aliens and also new imagining of existing aliens,” Fuller previously revealed to EW. And will there be a gay character? “Absolutely we’re having a gay character,” he added.
Star Trek: Discovery is set about 10 years before Captain Kirk sets off on his mission with the Enterprise. “There’s an incident and and 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,” Fuller added.
Fuller also said that they will be focusing on the new characters for the first season, but as they move forward, original Star Trek characters could appear in some way. I hear Scott Bakula technically works for CBS right now on NCIS: New Orleans. What are the chances we’ll see him reprise his role as Captain Jonathan Archer in some way?
Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) will serve as co-showrunners on the new series. Jesse Alexander (Alias, Heroes, Hannibal), Kristen Beyer (various Star Trek novels), Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes), and veteran Star Trek series writer, Joe Menosky, are on the writing staff.
Star Trek: Discovery begins production in Toronto this September and is set to debut on CBS in January 2017 before permanently setting up shop in their streaming service CBS All Access.