Just as the first new Star Trek series in over a decade began hyping up with teases on the characters, new ship animations and a mystery surrounding the ship’s commander, it seems Star Trek: Discovery has dropped out of warp speed.
CBS announced the new series would debut in May 2017, rather than the original premiere date of January. The network still plans to roll Discovery out on its network channel before moving to the online streaming service CBS All Access. The network released a statement on the delays:
“Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said in a joint statement. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
While it’s a relief to know the producers won’t be rolling out a slapped-together, half-baked Trek incarnation, it’s not a good sign that there are delays before you’ve left spacedock. Even the Excelsior made it out the doors.
At this point, we can only hope that showrunner Bryan Fuller can channel his Deep Space Nine and Voyager success into a great new Prime Universe showing, and isn’t pulled in too many directions by overseeing the TV version of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods at the same time.
Are you excited for Star Trek: Discovery, or do you think CBS has bitten off more than it can chew?