‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Discard Longstanding Series Guideline

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Star Trek: Discovery is set to debut this fall and it appears the latest installment of the science-fiction franchise will be discarding one of it’s longstanding rules. Writers on Star Trek shows were advised to avoid creating conflicts between Starfleet crew members or negatively portraying the characters, barring any external or alien influence, in order to carry on original series creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a utopian future. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg discussed how the new series will be discarding this guideline, which had been a source of frustration for writers on previous Star Trek shows.

Harberts explained that the restriction has been lifted in order grant writers the ability to tell new stories that could not have been depicted with the previous limitations:

“We’re trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions. People have to make mistakes — mistakes are still going to be made in the future. We’re still going to argue in the future.”

Berg added that while the characters may be portrayed as more flawed individuals, the rules of Starfleet will not be altered:

“The rules of Starfleet remain the same, but while we’re human or alien in various ways, none of us are perfect.”

The outlet adds that Star Trek: Discovery will be serialized, meaning external conflicts could not be contained to a single episode as with previous shows in the franchise, which generally concluded storylines by the end of a given episode.

Are you excited to see the new types of storylines that can be told with the longstanding rule lifted or are you disapointed to see the tradition being discarded? Share your thoughts below!

Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Terry Serpico as Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, James Frain as Sarek, Doug Jones as Saru, Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou, Anthony Rapp as Stamets, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Jason Isaacs as Lorca, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli and Kenneth Mitchell as Kol.

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes set to follow exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Pictured: Chris Obi as T’Kuvma. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.”

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  • MerelyAFan

    Conflict among the crew? Wow, that’s groundbreaking and some really new ground for Trek….

    …is what I’d say if Deep Space 9 had never aired.