Star Trek: Discovery - Bryan Fuller confirms female lead, gay character, prequel setting, and more!
Today was the penultimate day of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, an annual event which holds a variety of different panels – and this year, one of those panels was ran by Bryan Fuller, who revealed a lot of information about the new Star Trek: Discovery program, set to launch in 2017 on CBS All Access in the US, on terrestrial television in Canada, and on Netflix worldwide.
It’s also said that you can bend space and time. Currently, however, it’s not entirely clear what this means, as the statement is yet to be expanded upon. We can, though, infer that there will presumably be some involvement of time travel concepts in the show, which continues a long (albeit at times controversial) tradition of such ideas within Star Trek.
The news that we’ll have both a female lead and Star Trek’s first gay character has excited me – it’s great to see Star Trek really living up to its ethos of inclusivity and diversity, and it continues to confirm my belief that Bryan Fuller really does understand what Star Trek means, and that he’s the right man to take it forward into the future. I’m also quite intrigued by the fact that it’s been stated the aforementioned female lead will not be a Captain; it’s obviously far too early to tell, but it may well mean that Discovery is going to be a very different type of Trek than we’ve ever seen before.
Admittedly, I am disappointed that Discovery will be set so close to the timeframe of the original series, and seemingly drawing from it a lot; I feel that following Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, we should be looking to the future, not back to the beginning. Equally, however, Fuller’s comments about presenting Discovery from a new perspective makes it pretty obvious that he has something unique he intends to bring to the table, and that is ultimately a lot more important for Star Trek right now than just when the show is set.