We’ve been following the news regarding CBS’s new Star Trek series since the initial announcement. There haven’t been many details aside from the title, the release date, and the ship so far. Executive producer Bryan Fuller finally dished out some story and character details at the Television Critics Association press event. Here’s what he revealed (via treknews.net):
Star Trek: Discovery will be set approximately 10 years before the original series during the Prime timeline, which means the uniforms and visuals will likely resemble the aesthetics of the Kirk/Spock era. Each episode will be self-contained, also like TOS, but they are also considered “chapters,” which leads us to believe there will be an overarching storyline linking the episodes together. Fuller hinted there’s a major event in the Star Trek backstory which the series will explore, but “It’s not the Roman War, Battle of Axanar or the Kobayashi Maru.”
As for characters, Fuller revealed there will be 7 core crew members. The lead will be a female Lieutenant Commander, not the ship’s captain, which is a huge break from tradition. There will be several new alien races in addition to the ones previously established, and the crew will definitely have one gay member.
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS in January 2017, then will move exclusively to CBS All Access (and later Netflix) in weekly increments. Bryan Fuller, Rod Roddenberry, and Alex Kurtzman will executive produce. The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country director Nicholas Meyer will be a writer and consulting producer.
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