Star Trek: Discovery will be the latest entry in the science fiction franchise and with several previous interpretations on film and television, creating a fresh take on the beloved property while delivering on what fans have come to expect from a Trek adventure could be challenging. In an interview with CNET, executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed how Discovery will capture the spirit of the original series while delivering a new experience for viewers.
Kurtzman explained how the inclusion of Sonequa Martin- Green and Michelle Yeoh as lead characters will offer audiences something they have not seen in the franchise before:
“The story that we have for season one is really interesting and special and I think pays tribute to a lot of what Trek has done and in many ways is actually doing it in a new way. To have Sonequa and Michelle as captains of our ship is really, really exciting and different. I love stories that are based around strong women and we have some very strong women on that show. Having, you know, Sonequa […] she’s a very, very special actress and is bringing a flavor to the character that I feel like I haven’t actually seen in Trek and that’s really, really exciting. Her story is very unique and draws on some really interesting things in Trek lore. I think fans will both, appreciate, and I am certain, it will be a cause of much debate.”
Kurtzman also explained how the new show will maintain franchise continuity while also exploring new territory:
“If you are a fan of Trek you’re gonna see a lot of things that hearkens back to the original series and elements of the original series. I’m not just talking plot, I mean the spirit of what that show was. We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on Discovery that I think people will find familiar. Without spoiling anything, I think we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues of exploration that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.”
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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,Rainn Wilson 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.