Star Trek fans everywhere have been holding their breaths waiting for info — any info — about the new series that’s coming to CTV in a not-too-distant universe. And we finally got it on Wednesday (Aug. 10) during the bi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.
The biggest and coolest thing we learned? Star Trek: Discovery is going to feature a female lead. Kate Mulgrew, you’d better make room.
Here’s the catch though — the character, who still hasn’t been cast — won’t be a captain. All we know is that she’s human, and she will inevitably have some sort of leadership role as a Lieutenant Commander, but with certain caveats. And that her relationship with the crew is different than anything we’ve ever seen in the past. Other than that the new show runner, Bryan Fuller (who did Hannibal and Pushing Daisies), was pretty tight-lipped about her contribution to the series.
We learned some other juicy tidbits too though, such as the fact that Discovery takes place about a decade before Enterprise. That means 10 years before Capt. Kirk first makes an appearance, and that this new show will kinda, sorta be on the same time plane as the original series.
Also cool? As an easter egg of sorts to fans, the series will focus on an unexplored aspect of the Starfleet — something that’s been mentioned on the original series, past but that no other writers have delved into. (We DO know that the event in question is not Axanar, Kobayashi Maru, or Section 31.)
“We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you normally do in a Star Trek cast,” Fuller said, while also dropping hints that this will be a much more serialized version of the show than we’re used to.
And finally, for those who were excited by Sulu coming out in the most recent Star Trek film, they’ll be equally pumped to know that there will be a gay character on this series, too.
Sounds like lots of the tried-and-true Star Trek elements we know and love. Can this thing premiere already?!?
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