THESE ARE THE VOYAGES
Executive producer Bryan Fuller tells Red Alert about captaining a new kind of Star Trek TV show
Engaging warp factor 9 for Star Trek: Discovery.
ITS ORIGINS ARE FAMILIAR
1 Bryan Fuller reveals he was initially inspired by a piece of franchise lore. “There had been an incident, an event in Star Trek history and the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored,” he says. “We’re going to be telling a much more serialised story… To dig deep into something, that’s always very tantalising. And to tell that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. Because for her to truly understand something that is alien she has to first understand herself.”
THE CAPTAIN ISN’T THE FOCUS
2 “We haven’t cast her yet,” says Fuller of his show’s lead; who will be a woman but won’t be the titular ship’s captain. “We’ve seen six series now from captains’ points of view; and to see a character from a different perspective… who has a different dynamic with the captain and with subordinates, felt like it was gonna give us a richer context.”
IT’S A PRIME MOVER
3 JJ Abrams’ Trek movies created a new timeline, but that shouldn’t impact Discovery too much. “The correct designations, according to the internet now, are the Kelvin Universe, which is the JJ Abrams universe, and the Prime Universe,” Fuller explains. “We’re gonna be set in the Prime Universe. We’re about 10 years before Kirk’s five-year mission. So that gives us an opportunity to bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series.”
THERE’LL BE PLENTY OF ALIENS
4 “We’ll probably have a few more aliens than we normally do in a Star Trek cast," Fuller says. “Normally you have one person with a bumpy forehead and then seven other people who look relatively human. We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet that is indicative of a universe where we’re encountering people who are much different than we are. So we’re going to have new exciting aliens but also reimaginings of existing aliens…”
IT’LL BE DIVERSE
5 Just this year, Star Trek Beyond made franchise history by revealing that Sulu is gay, and it looks like Discovery will continue to embrace the franchise’s love of diversity. “Absolutely we’re having a gay character,” says Fuller. “Going into this process as a gay man who worked on Voyager… I still have a folder with the hate mail Voyager got because there was a rumour that Jeri Ryan’s character was going to be gay. The bile in that letter… I kept it because if I ever got the chance to do another Star Trek show it was going to have a gay character.” We’re sure Sulu and the rest of the Enterprise would approve.
Star Trek: Discovery will air on Netflix in the UK in the new year.
Bryan Fuller finds his inner Vulcan.