Even though we still have an entire year to go before the release of the highly anticipated new Star Trek series, it’s obvious that the expectations of fans’ are on the rise. We still aren’t aware of details regarding cast, setting or place in the Star Trek universe, but thanks to a tip regarding the creative direction in which the show will head, we have confirmed that Bryan Fuller will take hold of the reins as executive producer and the new showrunner, alongside Alex Kurtzman. When analyzing his past experience and work history, we can now make assumptions and an educated guess on how Star Trek will appear in 2017.
Aside from ‘Deep Space Nine,’ which is where Fuller ceased his profession as a TV writer, most of the ‘Star Trek’ episodes have included vivid and in-depth storylines. Each episode amongst the fandom universe basically depicted its own stand-alone story, and while ‘The Next Generation’ thoroughly offered us more in ways of complication and rigorous plots, the character development was comparatively minimal.
“Bringing ‘Star Trek‘ back to television means returning to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” Kurtzman stated. “His encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Trek‘ canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”
From the mid-90’s to 2000’s, during the run of ‘Enterprise,’ ‘Voyager,’ and ‘Deep Space Nine’ gave us a more modern approach to extraterrestrial adventures and continuous plot arcs. However, it’s obvious that the progression of televised entertainment and content has elevated far above since then, creating audiences that are more accustomed to complexity in storytelling through a multitude of television networks, including CBS.
While we’re not expecting Fuller’s ‘Star Trek‘ to resemble that of ‘The Mentalist’ or ‘Criminal Minds,’ it can be expected of the show to include more permanent character progression and development than any past series in the franchise. The show is set to air on CBS’s on-demand service, creating ease for viewers who wish to take a bender into the world of sci-fi entertainment. This also offers the possibility for the show’s writers to have more room and opportunity for venturing into the world of the unknown with multi-episode plot lines.
Once the news hit that Fuller would be taking over ‘Star Trek,’ fans immediately started to analyze and address the 2013 interview in which he stated that his optimal cast would include Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson — both women of color, which would create a first for the franchise, making it more diverse.
Though Fuller’s cast preferences are unlikely to take place, this tells us a lot about his attitude towards casting, as well as the show in general. In Hannibal he transformed the story in which originally was supposed to include a multitude of middle-aged white men, to include several women and individuals of color. When referencing his technique and diverse dedication to ‘Star Trek‘, it’s safe to conclude that this perspective is exceptionally important. The creative development and structural plans for the series will introduce fans’ to a multitude of new characters and civilizations, taking us to new highs above the previously introduced and charted series.
“For the past 50 years, ‘Star Trek‘ has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television but made a significant impact on pop culture,” president of CBS Television Studios, David Stapf stated. “When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer but also a genuine fan of ‘Star Trek.’ Having someone at the help with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”
The new series is set to air on CBS in January 2017, where it will then move to its place on the network’s All-Access digital subscription service, making it the first original series to launch on a broadcast network but principally air on an ‘On Demand’ type service.