Dit jaar viert de Star Trek-franchise zijn vijftigste verjaardag. Volgend jaren zullen we voor het eerst sinds 2005 een nieuwe serie in de franchise zien, namelijk Bryan Fuller‘s Star Trek Discovery. Tijdens de Television Critics Association’s press tour werden er door critici meerdere vragen afgevuurd op Fuller. Zo onthulde hij dat de serie een vrouwelijk, menselijk hoofdpersoon krijgt, en dat men hoopt een actrice van niet-blanke etniciteit te casten voor de rol. Hieronder zie je een lijstje met meerdere vragen en antwoorden:
- In a teaser video, Fuller compared his Star Trek to a “novel over 13 episodes,” which hints at a very serialized storyline instead of an episodic one.
- Fuller on the premise: “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 event is something that was referenced in the original series, but not the Romulan War (“close,” he says) or Section 31 (but that could play a role) or Kirk wrestling with the Kobayashi Maru test. It’s only been referenced, never seen, he said.
- On selecting a diverse cast: “Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who’s the best actor and also what can we say about diversity on the show. We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be, but that’s forefront in our minds. We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you typically have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet where we’re going to have new exciting aliens and also new imagining of existing aliens.” Fuller noted some of the changes might upset hardcore fans used to seeing things a certain way. “We’re producing the show in 2016. We have to update the style of the effects, the style of the sets, the style of the makeup.”
- The star won’t be the captain but rather be a lieutenant commander, “with caveats,” he said. “We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship — one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”
- Gay characters? “Absolutely we’re having a gay character,” Fuller said. He noted that as a gay man working on Voyager, he had a file full of hate mail when there was a rumor a character on his show was going to be gay. So he was determined if he ever did his own Star Trek show, he would have a gay character. “We’ve come a long way since then. I feel like actually gay rights have come a lot further in that time than race issues and women’s issues.”
- Star Trek: Discovery will be set in the “Prime Universe” (so in the timeline of the original shows, not the J.J. Abrams reboot films), about a decade before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission. “We can redefine the visual style,” he said. “We get to play with all of the iconography of those ships and that universe. Since we are doing this series in 2016, and all of the other series have been produced [at a time that] isn’t as sophisticated as we are now with what we can do production-wise, we’re going to be reestablishing an entire look for the series — not only for the series, but for what we wanted to accomplish with Star Trekbeyond this series.”
- On including familiar characters from the original series: “There’s so much about the history that once we get through this first season and establish our own Star Trek universe with the crew that going to be reimagining a lot of Star Trekelements, we’ll be looking in the second season to open up to more familiar characters and how they can feed into the [show]. First and foremost, I think we really want to convince you and establish the greatness of the [new] characters that are going to be introduced.”
- But he’s tempted to include the character of Amanda Grayson (Spock’s human mom). “That character could factor in, but there’s much to be told about that.”
Daarnaast plaatste Fuller op zijn Twitter-account bovenstaande foto van een make-up test. Die laat twee antennes zien, die wel heel sterk doen denken aan de Andorians.
De première van Star Trek Discovery vindt in januari plaats. In de VS zijn de afleveringen eerst op televisie op CBS te zien en vervolgens op streamingkanaal CBS All Access.