Star Trek is a property that has spanned 50 years and many different incarnations. The most recent of these incarnations, Star Trek: Discovery, plans to draw from the earliest as well as the most recent versions going forward.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg mentioned the possibility of some classic aliens making a return in the new series:
“Let’s just say this: I love Andorians a lot. I love the color blue. And I think Tellarites are pretty cool…So, we may not go to those planets, but we may just see some of those characters. They do belong to the Federation.”
These two alien species were first introduced to fans back in Star Trek: The Original Series. They are part of a classic league of creatures that helped to form the Coalition of Planets and later the Federation.
Meanwhile, Alex Kurtzman, who in addition to producing the Star Trek reboot films also is the executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery, discussed in an interview with TrekMovie the process behind making bold choices and doing things that could upset the legions of Trek fans who have stood by the series for so long:
“You can’t make those choices independently. You must run them through many, many people – many Trek fans. And we happen to have the benefit of many Trek fans on staff, so every choice is constantly questioned and analyzed. ‘What happens if we do this?’ and ‘What will people think, is this too much of a violation or not?’ ‘Can we go further or have we gone too far?’ Knowing where that line is, is probably what I got from the experience of working on those films.”
While only in its first season, Discovery has already shown to be not averse to making bold choices and doing things that would otherwise seem out of place in a Star Trek program. But by balancing the old elements that fans continue to love with new directions that can lead to fantastic new stories, the Star Trek universe will continue to expand for a long time.
Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru, Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca, Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Stamets, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue, Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, James Frain as Sarek, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.
Star Trek: Discovery is available now on CBS All Access. New episodes will be released every Sunday night at 8:30 pm ET/PT.