While the networks have panels dedicated to their own line-ups, other panels take place at the annual Television Critics Association including one titled ‘Impact Storytelling’ last week where four showrunners from CBS Television Studios productions discussed using narratives to explore social issues.
One of those panelists was Michelle Paradise from “Star Trek: Discovery” who remained behind to talk to Slashfilm about the upcoming third season and how the second season’s finale has impacted them – especially from a design standpoint.
The show wrapped up its second season by throwing Discovery 930 years into the future, meaning the ship has now arrived sometime in the 32nd century by the show’s timeline. That’s hundreds of years past anything previously explored in “Star Trek” and Paradise says all the show’s departments are comprehensively addressing a millennium of evolution in technology, alien politics and science:
“Its been a big challenge and a wonderful challenge. Everything from what we see on screen, the clothing, the look and feel of the structures, all of that. There’s been big conversations and lots of conversations. We’re fortunate to have just an incredible team in Toronto. Our production designer, our costumer, our props, everything. Our builders, everyone is just absolutely phenomenal. Our prosthetics, the aliens that we see. It’s just a great opportunity to see what’s coming.
We’re looking at everything for 930 years. Certainly 930 years in the future, you would expect that technology has advanced so that’s a lot of the conversations that we’ve been having as well… What does that future look like? What does the technology look like? In addition to things like the world itself and the look and feel of ships and all of that Yes, we’re looking at all of that?”
The series had a rocky early road, taking the full first season to find its footing with several showrunners coming and going. With the second season they found it and the plan is to continue keeping that stride up:
“I think we, as a show, I feel like we really found our tone in season two. We found I think a wonderful mix of heart and character and adventure and fun and funny and action. All of that together, I think we really hit our stride with that so we intend to keep that tone.”
Paradise also confirms that ‘Discovery’ is committed to making this far future timeline a one-way ticket, no going back for the rest of the series: “Correct, we’re there and we’re living there”. They’re also co-ordinating things with Picard so neither show screws up the other’s canon. “Star Trek: Discovery” does not yet have a third season premiere date.