Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Andorians coming to Star Trek: Discovery?

Star Trek: Discovery show runner Bryan Fuller tweeted the following tease of a photo, captioned simply "#StarTrekDisco MAKEUP TEST". Now is we assume Star Trek Disco does indeed refer to the TV series, rather than the exciting new 50th anniversary pop-up dance venue... It sure looks a lot like there's an Andorian due to visit the USS Discovery.


Of course this could be some other alien with antennae. But surely we all want Andorians back? And surely the obvious connection is not unknown to super trekkie Fuller.

For any nitpickers about to complain they don't look like the Andorians we got used to in Enterprise, lets not forget the Andorians have been redesigned in ever era they have appeared (check out Therin of Andor's Rogues' Gallery and you'll see many variations). Which is great as it means we've seen fantastic racial diversity in the Andorians over the years!

In other Discovery news, Netflix (who will be the distributor everywhere except the US and Canada) have now added a page for the series on their website, including a little blurb:
The iconic franchise returns with a fresh series, new characters and a new ship. Their mission: Explore new worlds, bring hope to a new generation.
Hope hmm? Was this new generation lacking in hope? What's afoot here?

The Netflix deal has apparently already made the production of Discovery profitable. As TrekCore reported in comments from CBS CEO Les Moonve:
We also struck a significant international deal with Netflix for ‘Star Trek,’ licensing our new series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to 188 Netflix countries around the world – virtually everywhere but North America.

In addition, we licensed all 727 previous episodes of our ‘Star Trek’ library. Plus, we struck a similar deal with Bell Media for Canada.

As a result, ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ our new series, is profitable – and we haven’t even begun production.

We still have additional windows to sell the show in second and third cycles down the road. It’s also safe to say that ‘Star Trek’ will lead to a significant bump in subscribers for CBS All Access here in the US.
Moonve also hinted that the series will continue beyond the currently planned thirteen episode run, and sees prospects in spin-offs already:
Going forward, obviously, we’re doing thirteen episodes initially with ‘Star Trek,’ we are fairly certain – although we haven’t done one day of production – that the series is gonna go on for a while.

We have spin-offs of spin-offs, you know? It’s a very, very valuable franchise that can turn into hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for us.
Star Trek: Discovery is due to start in January next year, it will be distributed almost everywhere in the world on Netflix, except for the US where is will be available on CBS All Access, and Canada where it will be on Bell Media channels and services. To keep track of all the latest details from the new show, visit my Star Trek: Discovery guide page.




6 comments:

Fox said...

...Because spinning out your own piece of media into multiple spin-offs and sequels before the original is even out has never backfired horribly ever.


And on a more optimistic note, think DSC might finally give us our first nonhuman captain?

GeekFilter said...

I think "bring hope to a new generation" is brining hope to US the audience. That's really how Fuller was spinning it at SDCC.

Gojira saurus said...

@GeekFilter: That struck me as Law & Order-esque "pulled from the headlines" storylines.

I very much do not want to see that, if not only for the reactionary laziness of such writing.

No, please don't give us some ham-handed alien Trump, nor religious extremist themes. We get those played out in series like Homeland already. I expect more from Discovery.

If Fuller wants to capture the inspirational theme of TOS, he should envision new situations that lead diverse cultures to come together. I know he can do it, but his Comic Con presentation and this blurb makes me wonder if he's going to take the low road of base modern progressive themes rather than original ones not before explored.

Mark Grant said...

I'm not going to pay for it.I love Star Trek but I'm not getting it just for 13 shows on my smart phone(do not have computer/don't need one /have phone) ++++ it's sounds more and more SJW way far left fascist bullSHIT heading this. Same crap Marvel comics (and universitys)is pulling. I Want STAR TREK not "You're" SJW political fascist belief hiding in my shows..

Mark Grant said...

I'm not going to pay for it.I love Star Trek but I'm not getting it just for 13 shows on my smart phone(do not have computer/don't need one /have phone) ++++ it's sounds more and more SJW way far left fascist bullSHIT heading this. Same crap Marvel comics (and universitys)is pulling. I Want STAR TREK not "You're" SJW political fascist belief hiding in my shows..

Fox said...

LMFAO at "far left fascism."