May 13th, 2005
That was the last time a new episode within the Star Trek universe aired on television. Even though it’s been twelve years since the last recorded voyages of Captain Archer and crew on “Enterprise”, the spirit of Star Trek has been kept alive with a series of fan made productions and a trio of full length movies set in a different timeline (Kelvin timeline). Three months from now “Star Trek: Discovery” will debut and add to the Star Trek canon. The only problem is a number of Trekkies (Trekkers?) are already signalling “Red Alert” on this new series before it even blasts off…. and I’m one of them.
When I heard that there was going to be a new series, I was really excited. It has been over a decade since anything Star Trek related (within the Prime timeline that is) has been released, and I was itching to immerse myself in a universe of Klingons, phasers and rifts in the space/time continuum. Yet the more I read about “Discovery” the more I realized that this isn’t the same kind of Star Trek that I grew up with.
First of all, this is classified as a reboot. Even though the newer Star Trek movies did a reboot of sorts… yes, we are in fact seeing ANOTHER reboot. This will take place in a completely new timeline, and is going to be set ten years prior to Kirk’s adventures in the original series. So for me, that is strike one.
Another problem fans are running into is the fact that so many of the production staff and showrunners that were a part of past Star Trek installments have been removed or have voluntarily left the “Star Trek: Discovery” project. The most prominent person in this list has to be Bryan Fuller who was a writer and producer on “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager.” According to numerous sources, Fuller was butting heads with CBS executives which ultimately lead to him stepping down as a “Discovery” showrunner. This departure had made a lot of fans (including myself) very nervous for what this new show holds.
If you are interested in the “ins and outs” of the production behind “Discovery”, there are numerous articles out there littered with interesting facts about the making of this show and the problems it has run into. Even though I’m worried about this newest addition to the Star Trek universe, I’m trying to find hope…. hope that the core elements that make Star Trek great (adventure, great characters, and the exploration of humanity) are still the cornerstone of the show.