It’s been 12 years since any version of Star Trek has appeared on television. 12 years since we’ve gotten a weekly dose of space adventure taking place in that vast universe Gene Roddenberry created in the ’60s. So, maybe, fans are just being antsy complaining about the few months of delays for CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, first slated for January of this year and now pushed to vague “Fall.” But it doesn’t hurt to hear that the wait will have been worth it.
Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman (whose The Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise releases today) recently spoke about the reasons for the delays, and it sounds like it’s everything to do with quality control. In an interview with Collider Kurtzman said the following:
“We postponed our schedule because the truth is we did not want to put out something that was subpar, and as the vision expanded we started feeling like we weren’t gonna be able to deliver the scope and the scale that was on the page. And CBS was extremely supportive in saying, ’Okay you know what, this is streaming, it’s not like we have to beat out right away, let’s do the best version of this, Trek is too important for all of us.’”
Unrestricted by the primetime expectations of normal television, CBS is taking advantage of the freedom around digital-streaming and taking its time. A smart move, considering the shuffle the writer’s room has seen since Bryan Fuller’s departure earlier this year. Fuller left when he realized the commitment to showrunning both Discovery and Starz’s American Gods was a handful. Kurtzman assured fans that Fuller’s influence will still very much be felt, saying:
“So much of what’s there in terms of story and certainly in terms of set-up, character, big ideas, the big movement of the season, that’s all stuff that Bryan and I talked about.”
As far as teasing what else fans can start to get excited for — though the first trailer already has Trekkies and newcomers alike buzzing with its diversity, awesome casting, female characters, and dazzling effects — Kurtzman reiterated the show’s commitment to LGBT representation:
“…it would be foolish of us to not only ignore it but not to take advantage of the fact that that’s how people are consuming stories and they’re hungrier for more complicated stories. What would have been a taboo subject 10, 15 years ago is now everywhere, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
For fans whose first exposure to two women kissing on-screen was Jadzia Dax kissing Lenara Kahn on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1995, the progressiveness of Discovery, and its showcasing of LGBT characters, should come as no surprise. These reassurances regarding Discovery will certainly tide fans over until further trailers and a locked-in premiere date are revealed.
And, in the meantime, fans can muse over who they may see cameo on the show. Kurtzman described a list he was given of “people who said they want to be on Star Trek’” which is, as he puts it, “awesome.” Wonder if he’s open to suggestions?
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS All Access this Fall and stars Michelle Yeoh, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, and Rainn Wilson.