New plot details explain why there are 2 starships on Star Trek: Discovery

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Jun 26, 2017, 3:14 PM EDT

All last week, fans were showered with teases and revealing images from Star Trek: Discovery. Today, some info about the new CBS All Access Star Trek series’ storyline has emerged.

In a new article over at Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg didn’t give too much away, but did reveal some very interesting tidbits about why there are two starships on the show: the USS Discovery and the USS Shenzhou, and the role Sonequa Martin-Green’s lead character, First Officer Michael Burnham (who was revealed as the first human to attend the Vulcan Science Academy), will play. 

“Burnham [has] spent a lot of time on Vulcan, but she’s human,” Harberts says. “Sarek [Spock’s father, played by James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path. When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh]. And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe. That choice leads her to a different ship, the Discovery [helmed by Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs] and there we begin what Gretchen and I call our ‘second pilot.’”

That's actually quite a fascinating approach for the new series. We’re also told the Klingons are going to be heavily involved in the storyline, and they won’t be friendly. At all. Here’s what was said about the advantages of following a lead character that is not a Starfleet Captain:

“The joy is in the journey,” Berg replied. “The advantage to her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view. It’s a fresh feeling because we’re not on the bridge all the time. We get access to more parts of the ship.”

What do you guys think? Star Trek: Discovery will beam the pilot on CBS on Sept. 24, before airing the 15-episode series on CBS All Access.

(via EW)