Star Trek Beyond is now behind us, which means that fans can now look forward to the next production — namely, the Bryan Fuller series Star Trek: Discovery. Over the last few months we’ve been receiving bits of information and clues regarding the series including the main character would be a female lieutenant commander, and when the series’ timeframe (not to mention timeline) would take place.
Now Hercules over at Ain’t It Cool News had a chance to speak with Fuller and asked him a few questions about Star Trek: Discovery. The big takeaway is that the main character could potentially be someone we’ve seen before on the original Star Trek. Here’s what he said about her:
“When we introduce our protagonist, she is called ‘Number One’ in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original pilot [“The Cage,” which starred Jeffrey Hunter as Capt. Christopher Pike]. And as we were first talking about the series, talking to CBS, we said initially we will only call this character Number One.”
He added that the series will reveal her name by the end of the season. What interests me most about that is that Fuller says she’ll be called that in honor of the original character, and not that she will be the exact same character. It should be noted that Jonathan Frakes’ character on Star Trek: The Next Generation was routinely called Number One throughout the series, as well, so there still exists the possibility she’s a different character in Star Trek: Discovery.
Fuller also revealed that he’ll be sharing showrunning duties with scripting duo Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, whom he worked with on Wonderfalls. This probably should have been expected, as he’s currently also showrunning the Neil Gaiman adaptation American Gods. Along with Berg and Harberts, the series has also picked up screenwriter Jesse Alexander (Heroes) and author/playwright Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami).
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will be written by Fuller and Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman (which instantly makes me a bit nervous), but the follow-up episode will be written by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer. I really hope they hire him to direct an episode at some point. The third episode is also complete, and it seems they’re almost through breaking down the stories for the rest of the season.
“We have the first three scripts [completed] and then we have outlines for [hours] four and five. We know what the story is for episode 11 and it’s one of my favorites for the season.”
Star Trek: Discovery will also probably not deal with time travel in the first season, and will be the first time any season of Star Trek won’t feature that plot device. However, Fuller doesn’t completely rule it out, saying:
“We haven’t broken [episode 11] thoroughly. You never know when you want to pull out that device but I am not anticipating an over-reliance on time travel to tell this season’s stories.”
Finally, Fuller has given fans an idea of when we’ll hear about casting for the series. As a showrunner, he’s known for some of his frequent collaborations with actors, which will probably be the case for Discovery as well.
“We’ll probably have some [casting] announcements in October. We’ve met with fantastic actors and of course there are people I’ve worked with before that I’d love to see on Star Trek. We’re trying to figure out everybody’s schedules.”
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in January 2017.