Star Trek: Discovery Guide

Star Trek: Discovery is a new Star Trek TV series due to start in May 2017. Details are few at the moment, but this page will keep note of all the key information about the series, with links to more information from coverage on The Trek Collective, as well as details of tie-in products related to the film.


Setting 

The USS Discovery
The series is set in the prime timeline (that of all the previous TV series, rather than the alternate reality of the current film series), about ten years before The Original Series, and features the starship USS Discovery NCC-1031. The series will focus on a historical incident in the Star Trek universe, previously mentioned in TOS. Show runner Bryan Fuller described the setting:
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.
The Undiscovered Country has been cited as an influence, as Nicholas Mayer has described:
The one thing I can relate to you is that The Undiscovered Country—according to Bryan [Fuller]—is a real sort of taking off point, or touchstone for how I guess he’s thinking about the direction of the new show. I don’t want to be misquoted and I don’t want to misquote him, but he’s fond of that film. Let’s put it that way.
Fuller has talked about ideas for a new Star Trek show for years before taking on this new series, with his ideas given in various interviews being about as varied as the current rumours!


Characters

A tease of alien make-up tests
The series will feature seven lead characters, with a female Lieutenant Commander and First Officer, referring to as Number One, considered the main character. The series will seek to have great diversity, and will feature at least one gay character and a variety of aliens; both new and established species. Robots will also apparently appear in the series.

The possibility of bringing back familiar characters from other series has been raised, but it not something the production team are looking to do until the second season.


Format and Distribution

The series will have a thirteen episode season arc, including the two-hour first episode. Show runner Bryan Fuller has described it as being like a novel:
...with each episode being a chapter of that novel, and within that chapter there's a beginning, middle and end. We will have episodes that exist by themselves but are a part of a much bigger story.
In the US first episode will air on the CBS Television Network, but subsequent episodes will be available exclusively on the the CBS All Access on-demand streaming service, released weekly. Netflix will stream the series in almost every other country in the world (188 in total), within 24 hours of US release. Canada is one of the few countries not covered by the Netflix deal, where the series will be available on Bell Media channels and streaming services, also released simultaneously with the US. There are currently no arrangements for distribution in China, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea.

Being made for a streaming service apparently allows for some flexibility in episode lengths.


Trailers

Two teaser trailers have so far been released:
  • The first previewed the logo, alongside some generic space shots. The trailer promised "New crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds".
  • The second introduced the series ship, the USS Discovery.


Production 

The series has a wide range of executive producers:
  • Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadi, the first announced producers who have worked on several TV series together including Sleepy HollowLimitless, and Scorpion. Kurtzman was also the writer and producer of the first two nuTrek movies.
  • Bryan Fuller, announced as show runner. Fuller entered the industry as a writer on DS9 and later Voyager, before going on to create series including Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, as well as writer and producer on the first season of Heroes.
  • Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of several of the TOS movies.
  • Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, of Roddenberry Entertainment,  the former is of course is the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
  • Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, writing partners who have worked as writers and producers of numerous TV series, including Fuller series Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.
Fuller and Meyer will also be working on the series as writers, alongside:
  • Jesse Alexander, has written for various series, including many episodes of Heroes and Hannibal (alongside Fuller), Alias (alongside Kurtzman), and Lost.
  • Kemp Powers, new to TV, but has written plays and prose.
  • Kirsten BeyerVoyager novelist.
  • Aron Coleite, writer and producer of many series, including Heroes (again alongside Fuller).
  • Joe Menosky, writer and producer of many series, including many episodes of TNG, DS9, and Voyager.
The series production designer has also been identified, Mark Worthington, who has previously worked on LostOnce Upon a Time, and Ugly Betty. According to Fuller, the production will be looking to do many effects in-house, in order to facilitate ambitious concepts, and a unique signature style for the series.

So far two behind the scenes images have been teased:

The series was due to start shooting in September, in Vancouver, Canada, on Stage 4 of Pinewood Toronto Studios. Although launch of the series has since been pushed back from January to May.


Episodes

A few details have been revealed about particular episodes:
  • Episode One, will be written by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, and directed by David Semel.
  • Episode Two, will be written by Nicholas Meyer.


Tie -in fiction

There are plans for novels and comics based on the series, which are being developed alongside the TV production, ready for release at the series launch. Series writer and Voyager novelist Kirsten Beyer is coordinating the tie-in fiction efforts. The first novel will be written by David Mack (of DestinyVanguard, and so much more renown), while the comic series will be written by Mike Johnson (switching timelines from his usual role as the writer of almost every Kelvin timeline comic).


Merchandise

The first merchandise for the series is already available via the Star Trek Shop, a range of mugs and apparel featuring the teaser logo.

Eaglemoss' Ben Robinson has also expressed a desire to produce model ships from the series as part of The Official Starships Collection.




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