The Star Trek convention “Mission New York” takes place this weekend in New York and while no new footage or casting reveals were made in relation to the new “Star Trek: Discovery” series, a video from executive producers Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman did offer a few more bits of information.
Fuller says the aim of the show is to “reinvent, re-explore, and reintroduce” familiar things about “Star Trek” that have been missing recently, most notably recognisable alien races, but at the same time bring in new ships, aliens, and technology to this universe.
One change though is perspective, that being this is a show seen through the eyes of a first officer: “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.” This will allow a ‘whole new dynamic’ with the crew and lead to ‘richer, more complicated’ stories about Starfleet vessel life. Fuller also explained why that ship name:
“This ship is called the Discovery for a few reasons. 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… what the word ‘discovery’ means to Star Trek audiences who have been promised a future by Gene Roddenberry where we come together as a planet and seek new worlds and new alien races to explore and understand and collaborate with.”
Nicholas Meyer and Kirsten Beyer, who both sit in the writers’ room for the new series, were on hand. Meyer, famed director of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” offered a piece of advice to fans:
“Lower your expectations. It is a symbiotic relationship and all I’m suggesting is that if you go with open minds and open hearts, you may be rewarded. Whereas if you go with a set of impossible to realize expectations, which even you cannot specifically define, then we’re bound to fail. And so I’m saying: Get loose.”
Beyer meanwhile revealed that she will be working with David Mack on books and Mike Johnson on comics to make sure tie-in literary creations work across all three of the mediums. Beyer added that there will be ‘at least one novel, to start with’ and a comic series ‘tied to’ the new show with Simon & Schuster and IDW Comics publishing.
“Star Trek: Discovery” is currently targeting a January premiere with the new books and comics timed to be released with the show.