Discovery is aiming to be a new kind of Star Trek series for a 'brutal time'

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Sep 21, 2017

The world has changed quite a lot in the decade since the last Star Trek series ended, and the new show Discovery is aiming to balance that hope and optimism with the “brutal time” we see every day in the real world.

Alex Kurtzman, who served as writer and producer on 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, told The New York Times that Discovery is aiming to put a more modern spin on the classic formula of hope and optimism. Early buzz for Discovery has been positive, though the network is keeping the review embargo up until the series premiere Sunday, Sept. 24, so we won’t know much of anything until this weekend.

Here’s the choice comments from Kurtzman:

“The world got pretty horrible in the last couple of years. More than ever, as the world as gotten darker, people need Star Trek. How do you honor the optimism and hope of Star Trek, while also reflecting a brutal time? That is a reason to make a television show … The only reason to do a new Trek television show is if you have something really new to say, [and Discovery will] live in the nuance and moral quandary that you don’t have time for in the films.”

Kurtzman seems to be talking a lot about trying to find the gray areas and nuance we don’t often see explored within the constraints of a Star Trek show, and though that sounds exciting, it’s also a tall order to provide something fresh that still honors the heart of what made people fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

It sounds like Discovery will be trying to strike a balance between the Trek fans know on the small screen and the rebooted take we’ve seen in the modern-day film run. Here’s hoping they pull it off. If nothing else, you have to think a whole lot of folks will be watching this weekend on CBS, before the show jumps to the CBS All Access streaming service.

(Via The New York Times)

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