Bryan Fuller, the showrunner and executive producer of "Star Trek: Discovery," the latest small screen take on Trek, explained why he and the rest of the team chose that name for the show at a panel for Star Trek: Mission New York.
As revealed a few months back, the show takes its name from the starship that features in the series. “This ship is called the Discovery for a few reasons,” Fuller said. “Not the least of which is Stanley Kubrick’s contribution to the Discovery on '2001: A Space Odyssey,' NASA’s vessel the Discovery, and also the sense of discovery.”
Fuller added that the title was about what the word "discovery" means to fans of the Star Trek franchise. Adding that the sense of discovery would manifest itself on the show, Fuller promised the series would reintroduce familiar aliens, ships and technology to the "Star Trek" universe, in addition to new elements.
"Star Trek: Discovery" marks the franchise's first TV series in more than a decade. The show is set to take place in the original "Star Trek" universe -- not the alternate, "Kelvin" timeline that was created for the current movies. -- 10 years prior to "Star Trek: The Original Series."
"Star Trek: Discovery" will be the first series in the franchise that will not focus on the captain of the featured starship. This series' protagonist will be a female Starfleet officer referred to as "Number One."
Fuller noted at the panel, “There have been six series all from the captains’ perspective, and it felt like, for this new iteration of Star Trek, we need to look at life on a Starfleet vessel from a new perspective."
"Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere on CBS in January 2017. After its premiere the series will move to the CBS All Access streaming service for the rest of its 13-episode first season.