Commander Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, David Ajala as Cleveland "Book" Booker, Blu del … The magazine also determined that their readers' "dream cast" for the series included Dan Stevens as the captain, Rooney Mara as the first officer, Gina Torres as the doctor, Nick Frost as the engineer, and Wil Wheaton as the Federation President. [94], Ahead of the CBS upfront presentation on 17 May 2017, the first official promotional image of the series was released, featuring Yeoh and Martin-Green in character on location in Jordan. The sequence, which uses a "vivid, sepia-soaked palette", depicts elements from throughout the history of Star Trek—such as phasers, communicators, and the Vulcan salute—and deconstructs them. [5] After the release of the Star Trek reboot in 2009, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci pitched an animated series to CBS, similar to their series Transformers: Prime for The Hub (now Discovery Family). The graphics used for the Starfleet computer systems were designed to be believably more advanced than modern technology, but to also "honor the look and feel" of the designs used in previous series. [116][117] Sets for the Discovery's interiors were described as a "tangle of corridors and rooms",[64] and were designed to match with the exterior design of the ship, so "the rooms [could believably] fit inside the house", but there was some artistic license taken in places. [68], After Kurtzman took over, the second season was confirmed to be on track for a January 2019 premiere,[70] though there ultimately was enough of a delay in production that CBS extended the season's episode count to 14 as a way to amortize the cost of the delays. [134] [135] [136] [137] National Post felt there was no need for a new series, arguing Star Trek had become a quaint retrofuture series akin to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. It covers the time after the Discovery travels to the future at the end of the second season and before Spock goes back to duty aboard the Enterprise. Early news stories of Sonequa Martin-Green's casting in December 2016 identified her character as "Lieutenant Commander Rainsford"; [80] CBS' official announcement on 3 April 2017 changed the name to "Burnham". In 2013, after the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, a CBS Broadcasting representative reiterated interest in reviving Star Trek for television, in response to a comment from Abrams that he had heard the studio was not interested. ", A lawsuit alleging that elements of Discovery had been copied from an unreleased video game called Tardigrades was filed on 19 August 2019, and dismissed on 20 September 2019. The rest of the 15-episode first season was streamed weekly on All Access, ending in February 2018. And in researching the characters for this new iteration of Star Trek, I've been talking to Mae Jemison, who's the first black woman in space, and who saw Star Trek in the '60s and who saw Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of a ship and said, 'I see myself in space.' It will go in a different direction. [37], On 1 August 2016, Bryan Fuller suggested that the series would be set prior to The Original Series, stating that the registry number of the Discovery was a clue as to the placement of the series in the timeline. [82] In May 2017, Sullivan described the series as "a genuine prequel" to The Original Series,[83] with Goldsman later adding that there were many classic Star Trek elements that fans among the writers wished to include in the series, but couldn't because they were included in The Original Series as something being discovered by Starfleet for the first time then. Wiseman returned to voice the character. "[85] Because of the show's position as a prequel to The Original Series, the producers felt it was more important for Discovery to build towards Roddenberry's ideals, and to show that "you can't simply be accepting and tolerant without working for it, and so this show is about that struggle. [96] In the series, this role is shown to be an undercover persona used by the Klingon Voq, who was initially credited as being portrayed by the invented actor Javid Iqbal to hide the fact that Latif was portraying both Voq and Tyler. [44], Variety reported, on 26 October 2016, that Bryan Fuller would no longer oversee day-to-day operations on the show, but would remain executive producer. [218], CBS announced in June 2018 that After Trek would be re-imagined for the second season of Discovery. [46] Fuller later clarified with Newsweek, on 2 December 2016, that he was no longer involved with the production. [130] Regarding the announcement that the series will be run by Bryan Fuller, Michael Okuda stated, "Congrats, Bryan! I wanted to be part of that representation for a new era. The seventh series in the Star Trek franchise, it was the first series in the franchise since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Season 3 cast [107] In January 2018, the publisher announced that the "Discovery Lock Box" would be added to the game, giving players the chance to win ships, weapons and equipment based on those of the series, including the Crossfield-class, the Sarcophagus, and the Walker-class. [120], Star Trek: Discovery is filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios. answer. [49], The premiere date for the series was announced on 19 June 2017, when it was revealed that the first season would be split into two airing blocks. WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 4, "Forget Me Not," now streaming on CBS All Access.. Star Trek: Discovery has used its new season to roll out a bevy of new and mysterious characters, including Adira (Blu Del Barrio) and Gray (Ian Alexander), the first canonically non-binary and trans characters … Harberts described it as one of the most important relationships in the series. [48] He proposed an anthology series, with each season being a standalone, serialized story set in a different era. The lead costume designer is Gersha Phillips. From an in-universe perspective, a number of DIS ships are also covered in the Star Trek: Shipyards - Starfleet Ships 2151-2293 volume from the Shipyards series. [155] Metacritic assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on reviews from 20 critics. [33]. Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Roddenberry Entertainment, and Living Dead Guy Productions. [124] Braga additionally remarked, "Hopefully with the new series they can get back to more meditative storytelling." [53], Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg have said the characters will be more conflicted and not as perfect as characters from previous Star Trek series. He also expressed interest in exploring the issue of faith or lack of it in later episodes. He added that discussions were being held regarding the subject of the next miniseries. Star Trek: Discovery is set to introduce the show's first ever transgender and non-binary characters in series three. [97], The first official teaser poster for the series was released alongside the trailer, with a second released to accompany the announcement of the season premiere date. At the following year's panel, Jeff Russo was announced as the series' composer, and it was revealed that he had already completed work on the Discovery theme. Discovery title card for Season 1 & 2 Outside the US, the series is available on Netflix, except in Canada, where Space and Z carry the series in English and French, respectively. The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Lorna G. Schofield in September 2019, finding that the series and video game were not "substantially similar as a matter of law", and that the only similarities were the space setting and the use of alien tardigrades. SPOILERS for the episode follow. So there's something wonderful about the legacy that Nichelle Nichols represents as giving a gift to people who weren't previously able to see themselves in the future. [62] Fuller wanted to differentiate the series from the previous 700+ episodes of Star Trek by taking advantage of the streaming format of All Access and telling a single story arc across the entire first season. [100] She is written out of the series in the third season's fifth episode. A month-long "Mega-Event" based on the series was run to coincide with the launch of the series. CBS instead suggested he create a single serialized show to see how that performed first, and Fuller began further developing the concept of a prequel to The Original Series. [111][112] Fuller wanted "something distinct about what our Star Trek was going to look like", and after seeing McQuarrie's design "saw sort of harder lines of a ship and started talking about race cars and Lamborghinis in the '70s and James Bond cars and started working on the designs, taking those inspirations and coming up with something completely unique to us. "[54] At the end of October, CBS asked Fuller to step down as showrunner,[47] and announced a restructuring of the production: Berg and Harberts were made sole showrunners, working from a broad story arc and overall mythology established by Fuller; Kurtzman and Fuller would continue as executive producers, but with Fuller moving his attention fully to American Gods; and Akiva Goldsman would join the series in a supporting producer role, similar to the role he held on Fringe alongside Kurtzman. Hallmark released a Keepsake Christmas ornament depicting the USS Discovery in July 2018. He added that he would "weigh in meaningfully and significantly at all the critical junctures" for each new series. He also noted the precedent of several previous Star Trek series running for seven seasons each,[76] and later added that the series would remain in its new future setting for the rest of its run. Both tie-in lines are coordinated with the events of the series, and are supervised by Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer. [208] It is written by Johnson and Beyer, with art by Tony Shasteen. Harberts explained, "We're trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions. Go boldly!" [205] In Dead Endless, the Discovery crew responds to a distress call originating from within the mycelial network, and find themselves trapped and have found a seemingly human living in the network. [150] In an interview with SFX magazine (issue 275, p. 67) that was published around the same time, Spiner remarked, laughing, that all the new series had to do in order to work in the 21st century was simply "to be there." QMx debuted its magnetic DIS Starfleet insignia badges at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017. According to Harberts, the series' writing team are themselves "fanatical" about fact-checking the information they discover on the wiki. The flagship CBS All-Access Star Trek series executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise is boldly going the furthest the franchise has ever gone, with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the U.S.S. That made it a challenge to represent that era faithfully while also staying true to the new elements being introduced" in the new series. It would be interesting to me to go back now, twenty years later and kind of go 'who did she become? [9] On 19 January 2014, Fuller stated he "would drop everything" in order to become the showrunner for a Star Trek television series, commenting, "I think it's finding a philosophy about it [that would be important], and I think there is such an interesting philosophy happening now with our identity as a planet and taking responsibility for what's happening on the planet, and I think I would make it about identity, in a specific way." [2] [3] The second season ran for fourteen episodes, between 17 January 2019 and 18 April 2019, again released via CBS All Access, this time on successive Thursdays. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler 4. Former Star Trek, but now-The Orville, science consultant André Bormanis has stated, "When it comes back to TV, I hope they do something more in the spirit of the original. [220] These Facebook Live events were soon revealed to be a new interview-style aftershow named The Ready Room, hosted by Naomi Kyle. Star Trek: Discovery – Three Times Pike And Spock Led The Best Version Of The Enterprise . IDW editor Sarah Gaydos said, "The access we're getting to the show to create these comics that are integral to fleshing out the backstories of the characters is unheard of, and I do a lot of licensed comics. [75] Bryan Fuller ideally wanted Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson; Bassett declined due to prior obligations, and there is no evidence Dawson was ever approached for consideration. [158] For the third season, Rotten Tomatoes reported 93% approval with an average rating of 7.94/10 based on 28 reviews. [40] According to Fuller, the basis for the first season would incorporate "an incident in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored." (SFX, issue 270, p. 68) He later commented, "With Discovery, I am honestly as excited to see it as any other Star Trek fan. Different is what got me interested. [139] Forbes's Merrill Barr said the trailer was a good sign for many who believed the series would never be released following the many production setbacks and delays, saying, "Having a legitimate trailer that can be watched over and over again brings signs of hope ... Star Trek: Discovery is real, and now we have proof. [215] In January 2020, Martin-Green was set to voice Burnham for Star Trek Online's "Legacy" expansion celebrating 10 years of the game. [153] According to "app analytics specialist" App Annie, the premiere of the series also caused the number of downloads of the All Access mobile app to more than double, with revenue from the app for CBS doubling compared to the average in-app revenue during the previous 30 days. So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it's about how they find a solution and work through their problems." [119] [120] [121], Branded as Polar Lights products, Round 2 began to release plastic model kits of DIS starships in early 2019. Here's who makes up all of the Star Trek: Discovery season 3 cast and characters. More Star Trek Discovery Scoop!! [190][191] Kurtzman confirmed that development on such a series had begun in January 2020. Written by David Mack, the novel follows Burnham aboard the Shenzhou. [48], At the CBS upfront presentation on 17 May 2017, it was announced the first season had been extended to fifteen episodes. Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham 2. ← 7th of 9 Star Trek series → Kurtzman was made sole showrunner and was set to "regroup" the writers without causing any delay to the season's production timeline. [5], On November 2, 2015, CBS announced a new Star Trek television series to premiere in January 2017, "on the heels" of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series in 2016. An Orlando Sentinel writer expanded on the publicist's statement by stating that Dorn was offered less than one percent of what he had been paid for his last appearance as Worf. [43], According to Nielsen Media Research, the CBS broadcast of the first episode was watched by a "decent" audience of 9.5 million viewers. However, Stephen was killed and Airiam was seriously injured when the shuttle they were traveling in crashedon their return home. Fuller had asked for a book to be written based on that premise, and Mack worked with the Discovery writers to remain "in the loop" with the series' backstory. [151][152] The premiere of the series led to record subscriptions for All Access, with the service having its biggest day of signups, as well as its biggest week and month of signups thanks to the series. On his Twitter feed, he tweeted, "I wish them nothing but good luck and smooth sailing. [157] Metacritic assigned a score of 72 out of 100 for the second season, based on reviews from 10 critics. [51] [52], On 27 February 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season, with Michelle Paradise becoming co-showrunner with Alex Kurtzman. Because the thing that mainly troubles me about Star Trek is the fear of it being maybe re-treads of itself [....] And I think that Bryan [Fuller] – who is a very clever fellow – has ideas – some of which I’ve heard – that are innovative and different. [138], The first full trailer for the series was released in May 2017. ", "Star Trek: Discovery Announced As Name Of New Series", "Star Trek: Discovery Officially Takes Place in the Prime Universe", "Bryan Fuller Stepping Back From Showrunner Role on 'Star Trek: Discovery' (Exclusive)", "Exclusive: Producer Bryan Fuller on His 'Bittersweet' Departure From the New 'Star Trek' TV Series", "Star Trek: Discovery casts Spock's father, pushes premiere date", "#jasongorn my seat. [77] [78], In late October, it was reported the cast would feature, in addition to the female lead, an openly-gay male lead, a female and a male admiral, a male Klingon captain, and a British male doctor. Beginning in August 2018, McFarlane Toys began to retail a series of seven-inch articulated figures which will eventually feature characters from DIS. [108] The series also employed seven art directors, over nine illustrators, more than thirty-five set designers, and over four hundred and fifty painters, carpenters, sculptors, model makers, welders, set dressers, and prop builders. Timespan: "[46], Fuller had publicly called for Star Trek to return to television for years, particularly because of its impact on minority groups, as he explained, "I couldn't stop thinking about how many black people were inspired by seeing Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of a ship. Star Trek: Short Treks The release of the books and comics was set to coincide with the series' premiere. The deal will also see the company "create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the classic The Original Series to its popular movie franchise." [200], Beyer explained in August 2017 that the intentions of the series' writers was to take story opportunities that the series did not have time to address and let them be told through other media. [53] Several African American and Latina actresses were being looked at for the role, with CBS "not seeking a huge star and [preferring] a fresh face for the part. "[78] The cinematographers wanted to emphasize on-set sourcing, with lighting built in wherever it would naturally appear to help create a more realistic feel, and distance the series from the "stage" feel of The Original Series. [89], The show's title was revealed by Bryan Fuller at the San Diego Comic-Con on 23 July 2016 with a clip of the title ship, the USS Discovery (NCC-1031). "[209] In August 2017, it was clarified that the first comic would be a four-issue miniseries focused on T'Kuvma and his followers and that IDW intended to create a series of comic miniseries based on different aspects of the series to create "targeted stories on some different subjects". 36-37) USGamer expressed hope that the series' success could revive interest in Star Trek video games after the failure of the movie tie-in. The first season ran for a complete fifteen episodes, being released on successive Sundays, finishing on 11 February 2018, with a mid-season break between November and January. Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly 6. It is filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto, Canada, as well as on location around the world. He said the series would also include more alien characters than other Star Trek series, and would feature at least one openly gay character. [207], In July 2017, IDW announced a new tie-in miniseries based on Discovery, described as "Klingon-centric". Title card for season 3. He also stated that it would be possible to read a connection, "or not", to Section 31 in some aspect of the first season. In January 2018, Eaglemoss Collections' Hero Collector brand premiered the Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection partwork, which features starships, dedication plaques, and a figure from the series. Other requests, in order of most desired, included: having the new crew undertake a multi-year mission in a starship rather than having them occupy a space station; focusing on controversial social issues; retaining a sense of fun; and introducing new alien species and technology. [143] [144] [145] [146], Den of Geek and io9 noted most fans would prefer the show be set after The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager instead of in the same timeline as the film series. He added that some of the series' visuals were influenced by the modern Star Trek films from J. J. [122], Rick Berman responded to the new series with cautious optimism. These included a panel for Discovery featuring Martin-Green, Ajala, Kurtzman, and Paradise during which they revealed a full trailer for the season. blog . I devour each new trailer the moment it comes out." Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca (2017–2018) 2. [18] In an interview conducted the next day, Meyer expressed hope in getting to write some episodes, but was not yet sure how big the writing staff would be. ", "Nicholas Meyer Gives Update On Khan Mini-Series And Talks 'Star Trek: Discovery, "Anson Mount Reveals 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2 Has Been Extended To 14 Episodes", "Exclusive: Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin on that Nickelodeon Star Trek Show, If We'll See a Discovery Movie, Picard Season 2 (! "[87] On using time travel in the series, a plot device used in at least two episodes of every previous live-action Star Trek season, Fuller said that it had not yet been used for any episode by the end of August 2016, and, "You never know when you want to pull out that device but I am not anticipating an over-reliance on time travel to tell this season's stories. [17]. Fuller had been one of several writers during the 1990s pushing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager to move towards this style. [10] The former is a Kelpien, an alien race created for the series,[12] while the latter is the first Star Trek character to be conceived and announced as gay. Under Eaglemoss Collections' Hero Collector imprint, Penguin Random House published the Star Trek: Discovery Designing Starships volume of the Designing Starship reference book series on 3 September 2019. [65] The second season was officially ordered in October 2017,[66] consisting of 13 episodes. Nick Meyer Scripts Hour Two!! [45] Fuller said that working with people previously involved with Star Trek was "really about making sure that we maintain authenticity", and said that Meyer—who is widely considered to have made the best Star Trek film in The Wrath of Khan—brings "a clarity and a cleanliness to the storytelling. Fuller also announced, at a press junket immediately thereafter, the show would be set in the prime timeline, though Fuller declined to say exactly when in that timeline it would be set. It starts to feel too familiar. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. This exceeded the original Netflix deal, but CBS still considered the series paid for due to the number of new All Access subscribers that it was expected to draw. [73], On 24 May 2016, it was reported that some fans wished to see Castle and Firefly alumnus Nathan Fillion in the series. Fuller compared this to what American Horror Story did for horror, and described the proposal as a platform for "a universe of Trek shows". It was also revealed that an average episode of the first season had ultimately cost US$8–8.5 million each, making it one of the most expensive television series ever created. [51] McQuarrie's designs were based on the concepts created by Ken Adam to feature a vessel with a flattened secondary hull. Star Trek: Discovery Renewed For Season 3 . [203] The Way to the Stars follows Tilly at age 16 and shows the events that inspired her to join Starfleet. [10] Sonequa Martin-Green was cast in the lead role in December,[93] which was officially confirmed in April 2017, with the character's name revealed to be Michael Burnham. [139], Other articles concentrated on the decision to produce the series for streaming, with some expressing deep cynicism over the idea. [108] Starting in the autumn of 2018, Age of Discovery allows players to create a character from the Discovery era. The third season of Star Trek: Discovery will introduce the first non-binary and transgender characters into Trek canon. Burnham is a human who was raised following Vulcan culture and traditions by Sarek. There's a really great bunch of people attached to that project, really talented people. Another DIS ornament that featured Commander Saru and Michael Burnham was released a year later. The risk is small in seeing the track record." 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