When it comes to Star Trek, there is so much world-building and so much history and long-time fans of the franchise are always adamant that it isn’t left behind, neglected, or thrown out the window completely. So for Star Trek: Discovery, executive producer Alex Kurtzman wanted to make sure that he and his team were getting everything right.
Speaking with CNET, Kurtzman admitted that there are people who are working along with the writers who make sure they keep to canon and advise on what they should and shouldn’t do.
“You have got a roomful of people with very different and very devoted relationships to Star Trek in that writers’ room. And that carries on a pretty proud tradition of Trek being written by fans. You have to respect canon as it’s being written. You cannot say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no no, you can’t do that, they would kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together. You have to keep very meticulous track of who, what, where, when and why. And we have people in the writer’s room whose sole job is to say, ‘Nope, can’t do that!'”
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 pm ET on CBS with the remaining fourteen episodes set to air weekly on the CBS All Access streaming service.
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Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1
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.”