‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Enters Production!

The world’s most popular SF franchise is all set for it’s return to the small screen…

After months of speculation and behind the scenes delays, CBS has announced that production has commenced on Star Trek: Discovery with a painfully brief but non-the-less tantalising video giving short glimpses of some of the series’ production design (including the currently vacant Captain’s chair):

Video linked from YouTube via the JoBlo TV Show Trailers channel.

The sixth live-action Star Trek television series, Discovery was originally set to debut this May but with the departure of showrunner Bryan Fuller and casting announcements to be completed, CBS has wisely postponed the launch date indefinitely until all the pieces are fully in place and to ensure the series can ultimately live up to both its potential and the anticipation of millions of devoted fans the world over.

At this point little is known about the overall concept of Star Trek: Discovery bar that it will take place in the ‘Prime’ Star Trek universe (and therefore not connected to the current big screen alt-universe established by J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek) around ten years prior to the original Star Trek television series and will focus on the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, principally the as-yet-unnamed Lieutenant-Commander to be played by The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green .  Joining Martin-Green are Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies) as Science Office Lieutenant Saru – a member of an alien race that will be new to the franchise – along with Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, the first openly gay regular character for a Star Trek series and Gotham’s James Frain as Sarek, the very same Vulcan ambassador and father of Spock played in the original Star Trek series and films by Mark Lenard.  Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will also feature as Captain Georgiou who will command another Starfleet vessel, the Shenzhou together with three Klingon characters to be played by Mary Chieffo, Shazad Latif and Chris Obi.

Despite his departure from the series, Bryan Fuller (who has history with the franchise, having launched his career on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before serving as a writer/producer on Star Trek: Voyager) had already mapped out the serialised storyline of the show’s first thirteen-episode season as well as having written the opening two-parter and will retain a credit as executive producer.  Showrunner duties will now be handled by Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts with Eugene Roddenberry (son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) on board as an executive producer and Nicholas Meyer, director of feature films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (also serving as co-writer on the latter as well as on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) in place as a writer and consulting producer.

Co-created with Alex Kurtzman, co-producer/co-writer of the J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek: Discovery will launch in the U.S. later this year via streaming service CBS All Access (with the premiere episode airing on network television) and will be available worldwide via Netflix.

CBS prepare to launch 'Star Trek: Discovery', the first 'Star Trek' television series since the end of 'Star Trek: Enterprise' in 2005.

CBS prepare to launch ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, the first ‘Star Trek’ television series since the end of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ in 2005.

Are you excited about Star Trek’s return to television?  Share your thoughts below!

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19 thoughts on “‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Enters Production!

      • I am tired of getting adventures tied to the original show. Fathers, uncles, long lost cousins, whatever.
        I was kind of hoping for something more like Voyager, where there are NO connections to previous shows and in an entirely new part of the universe.
        I feel like a show should be strong enough to stand on its own instead of trying to draw people in with “character gimmicks”.

      • Ah, I suppose it depends on how you view it and personal preferences – I love all the iterations of the franchise but the original will always ‘be’ Star Trek for myself personally and I feel that the ties to the original might have been a conscious decision in acknowledging the 50th anniversary. But I get what you say, in the end Discovery certainly needs to stand on it’s own feet and strike a delicate balance with it’s homages to the franchise’s past.

    • As a massive Trek fan and SF in general, I really can’t wait for it to launch. Despite the departure of Bryan Fuller, Discovery seems to have a lot going for it in terms of casting thus far and other creative talent involved – particularly Nicholas Meyer.

      • I’m a big fan of the original Trek series and STTNG, but I’ve not seem much of the other series and spin offs. I’m looking forward to Star Trek Discovery as well, shame Bryan Fuller left, but I’m sure it’ll still be good. Despite the delays, which could perhaps work to its advantage, as it’ll given them the chance to get everything just right. Seems ages since Star Trek was on TV so it will be good to have it back again at long last 🙂

      • I love all the iterations of the franchise, particularly the original series so it will be great to see how Discovery ties in. Can you believe it’s been twelve years since the last Star Trek TV series concluded? Definitely time for the franchise to make a return to the small screen!

      • I agree, Star Trek’s return to TV is long overdue. The last series was Enterprise wasn’t it, not seen many episodes of that. They’ve been repeating DS9 on TV a lot atm, so I’ve been enjoying watching some of that.

      • That’s right Paul, Enterprise was indeed the last series to air. It had it’s flaws but on the whole I enjoyed it and still do when I revisit it. DS9 is great, especially in it’s later seasons but the original and Next Generation are the strongest iterations of the franchise (at least in my opinion).

    • I love all the iterations of the franchise, particularly the original series so it will be great to see how Discovery ties in. Can you believe it’s been twelve years since the last Star Trek TV series concluded? Definitely time for the franchise to make a return to the small screen!

      • Putting aside thoughts on the movies, Star Trek does belong on TV, it’s the best medium for Trek to explore many themes, which is what made the shows so beloved. Fingers crossed that this tradition will continue with Discovery.

      • Very true, I still love the movies and the classic Prime universe features such as Wrath of Khan and the Undiscovered Country offer plenty of allegory and social commentary on top of pure cinematic thrills. I totally agree with what you say though, an ongoing television series can take more time to explore the characters and themes and in greater depth than a 2 hour film can afford.

  1. In all honesty, Star Trek has been made fun of way too often during my childhood. Because of that, I was never able to truly get myself to invest time in discovering the universe (nor did I know where to begin too). Are the latest Star Trek movies (the ones with an insane cast that should’ve made me want to try it out at least once) a complete reboot of the original stories? Is Discovery a completely different storyline to the series (don’t need to watch anything to understand it and appreciate it?). I do have to say that your love for this series transpires in your writing! Hope Discovery turns out to be something worthwhile for you. Once they finally release it. Oh, I did also see some scenes straight out of Star Trek back in one my philosophy classes. I mean, if it was used for a philosophy class, then there must be something pretty good in the series, right? 😀

    – Lashaan

    • Indeed, my passion for the franchise is pretty strong! The new movies can be taken as a complete reboot (they establish an alternate timeline), they’re rather good and I enjoy them immensely but they do lack much of the depth and social commentary that the older series and films explore. It seems that although Discovery will have ties to the other series (not the new film series as that is all part of a separate alt-universe) it will be totally accessible to new viewers who have little or no knowledge of Trek. It’s true that the franchise is not generally viewed as ‘cool’ as Star Wars but as much as I enjoy that, Star Trek has so much more to offer on an intellectual and philosophical level. Thanks for your thoughts as always my friend!

  2. Great piece, Chris…read it on my way to work this morning. I’m excited about returning to this universe…though I have more trepidation about it than I had for the recent Star Wars movies. I sense this hasn’t been a smooth sailing ship. Here’s hoping my fears are just fanboy nerves… I wasn’t this to be great SO badly. I think the time is right for Star Trek to regain its rightful place as one of the most enjoyed TV shows.

    • Cheers Gareth, I too want Discovery to be great. It’s had a rocky start behind the scenes and it’s a shame that a lot of fans have written it of already. All in all I like the casting and basic concepts that have been teased. Fingers crossed!

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