Discovery Boldly Brings Star Trek back to Television
Twelve years have passed since Star Trek stopped producing new episodes for television. When UPN cancelled Enterprise after only four seasons, it looked like the end. Following eighteen years of continual new Star Trek for television, 2005 marked the end of an era. When JJ Abrams rebooted Star Trek in 2009, many fans died inside. Turning Star Trek into a Star Wars/Mission Impossible hybrid featuring Kirk and Spock hurt. And I say that as someone who actually thought the first film was decent. But when CBS announced a new Star Trek TV show, Discovery, was coming, fan hopes rose again. Helmed by Bryan Fuller, who’s responsible for some amazing television, there was plenty to be happy about. With credits including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, and Dead Like Me, Fuller understands character focused storytelling. And that gave long time Trek fans hope. In the JJ Abrams action-movie-masquerading-as-Star Trek world we live in, it’s sorely needed.
There Are Some Snags, Of Course
We lost Fuller as showrunner, though he remains a writer and producer on the show. And now, at last, production has finally begun on Star Trek: Discovery. It’s unfortunate it’ll only land on CBS’ subscription based All Access service at the outset, but it’ll hit DVD, Blu Ray, 4k and Netflix eventually. A high quality show with compelling characters and a good examination of ideas at its core will bring Star Trek back to its core strengths. If they can pull off something special that captures Star Trek’s real strengths will do a lot for fans and for the brand, I believe. Wouldn’t that be quite the discovery?
Oh, and there’s a teaser. It shows a whole bunch of cool behind-the-scenes stuff. I could describe it to you, but honestly, where’s the fun in that? Watch it and get excited. Star Trek is on its way back.