CNET had an interview with Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and he cleared up some information about the show, its place in Star Trek canon and its connection to the original series.
Star Trek: Discovery takes place ten years before the original five-year mission of the starship Enterprise on the original series and will feature a new ship, new crew and new mission that will test both the crew of the Discovery, but the Federation as well.
In the interview, he talks about paying fan service to the original series. “If you are a fan of Trek you are going to see a lot of things which hearken back to the original series and elements of the original series,” he states. “I am not just talking plot, but the spirit of what that show was. We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on Star Trek: Discovery that I think people are going to find familiar. Without spoiling anything we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.”
Two of those things that hearken back to the original series have already been confirmed with James Frain’s casting as Sarek, father of Spock on the original series. As well as the casting of The Office‘s Rainn Wilson as original series con man and criminal Harry Mudd for multiple episodes.
Kurtzman also goes on to assure fans that the series is adhering to the canon of the universe established by Gene Roddenberry and cultivated by fans. “You have to respect canon as it’s being written. You cannot say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no no, you can’t do that, they would kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together.” he states.
As far as the misgivings many Trek fans have had about this new series, it does seem as if the producers are aware of the fans concerns and are seeking to address them. Whether that translates to the screen or connects with audiences, we’ll have to wait and see.
Star Trek: Discovery will air September 24, 2017.
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