LOS ANGELES — The much-awaited Star Trek: Discovery is finally heading toward outer space — and a fall launch on CBS All Access.
The latest edition of the fabled sci-fi franchise will premiere Sept. 24 (8:30 ET/PT) on CBS, allowing it to attract a big broadcast network audience, before moving to the network’s digital-subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, for 14 remaining episodes. The second will premiere on CBS All Access right after the premiere.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman told the Television Critics Association Tuesday that delays from a promised February start stemmed from production issues and the departure of original executive producer Bryan Fuller. However, in the finished show “we honor what he did. Much of what’s there came from his mind,” including a substantial redesign of the Klingons.
Discovery is set about 10 years before the original 1960s Star Trek series and will connect to that canon of that show, which featured William Shatner’s Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock.
The series, which centers on First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green, The Walking Dead), aspires to the kind of peaceful society envisioned but not always achieved in the original series — or in the real world, Martin-Green said.
“While we are in a more utopian society in Star Trek, in our iteration there’s a conflict,” both inner and external, in terms of war, she said. “We ask those deeply profound questions: Who am I and who are you … and how do we relate do each other without me dominating your or you dominating me?”
Burnham shares an intriguing connection with the family of the original’s Mr. Spock via his father, Ambassador Sarek (James Frain).
Executive producer Aaron Harberts describes Burnham as almost a foster or adopted daughter for Sarek.
“The relationship between Michael and Sarek plays a huge part …Her time on Vulcan causes her to make several choices that will have aftershocks throughout the entire series,” Harberts said.
The cast also features Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Capt. Philippa Georgiou, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) as Captain Lorca, Doug Jones (The Strain, Falling Skies)…