New crew, old en­e­mies and Han­ni­bal helmers – Trek is beam­ing back to TV

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Be­yond Be­yond… we pre­view 2017’s voy­age.


Boldly go­ing to the strange new world of Video On De­mand, Star Trek is threat­en­ing to do what it does best – and this time it might ac­tu­ally do it, given that it’s Han­ni­bal­hon­cho Bryan Fuller run­ning the show and Alex Kurtz­man ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing. The show – com­ing out in weekly in­stal­ments on CBS All Ac­cess – will “in­tro­duce new char­ac­ters seek­ing imag­i­na­tive new worlds and new civil­i­sa­tions, while ex­plor­ing the dra­matic con­tem­po­rary themes that have been a sig­na­ture of the fran­chise”.


While the CBS teaser prom­ises “New crews. New vil­lains. New he­roes. New worlds,” there’s Starfleet ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind the cam­era. Fuller cut his teeth on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voy­ager – writ­ing no less than 20 episodes of the lat­ter – while Kurtz­man co-penned JJ Abrams’ Trek re­boot. They’ve also filled their new bridge with fa­mil­iar faces, adding Gene Rod­den­berry’s son Rod to the pro­duc­tion team along with The Wrath Of Khaaaaaaaaaaaan’s helmer Ni­cholas Meyer in a con­sult­ing role. It’s all sound­ing promis­ing.


De­spite the Abrams con­nec­tion, don’t ex­pect any cross­over with the cin­e­matic re­boot, those fa­mous char­ac­ters or that iconic ship. “Star Trek is such a big uni­verse,” Fuller mused, long be­fore he landed this gig, “and there are so many places to go with it.”

This first sea­son is ru­moured to be Star­dated some­where on the post-Kirk, pre-Pi­card time­line, most likely after Star Trek VI. As Meyer put it, “The one thing I can re­late to you is that The Undis­cov­ered Coun­try, ac­cord­ing to Bryan, is a real sort of tak­ing off point, or touch­stone, for how I guess he’s think­ing about the di­rec­tion of the new show.” Per­haps the show could ex­plore the af­ter­math of the Khit­o­mer Con­fer­ence – a the­ory pos­si­bly en­forced by the sight of a par­tially ex­ploded plan­e­toid in the teaser. It couldn’t be oblit­er­ated Klin­gon satel­lite Praxis, could it?


Is there any mean­ing to the new-look Starfleet logo in the teaser? It’s “fash­ion­ably” dis­tressed, hint­ing at a more “used”, Star Wars-y vi­sion of space travel than we’re used to in the tra­di­tion­ally clean-cut Fed­er­a­tion. And what’s with the split in the badge? Could there be dis­putes within Starfleet? Or is Fuller about to ex­plore the Mir­ror Uni­verse?


Don’t ex­pect Trek 2017 to be too heavy though, even with the brain be­hind Han­ni­bal mas­ter­mind­ing things. “I would love to re­turn to the spirit of the old series with the colours and at­ti­tude,” Fuller has sug­gested. “I loved Voy­ager and Deep Space Nine, but they seem to have lost the ’60s fun.”


Fuller’s show is ru­moured to be an an­thol­ogy show, with the fol­low­ing sea­son be­ing set a com­pletely dif­fer­ent time and story – maybe even char­ac­ters – to the one that pre­ceded it. This would also chime with Fuller’s sto­ry­telling suc­cess with Han­ni­bal, let­ting him tell a sea­son-long arc as op­posed to Trek’s stan­dard more-episodic plot­ting.


Jan­uary 2017. Film­ing is set to be­gin im­mi­nently in Toronto so ex­pect a flood of cast­ing news very soon.

DON’T qUOTe me “I MeAN, IT TOOK $800M, SO The KICK­ING DIDN’T MAT­TeR, BUT IT WAS SORT OF OVeRSTUFFeD.” Jeremy “Al­fred” Irons wasn’t a huge fan of Batman V Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice, ei­ther.

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