Bryan Fuller’s exit from Star Trek represents a move away from auteur-led television

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Ultimately, then, there’s no reason to believe that this won’t be, broadly speaking, the same show we were promised at Comic Con, and as part of all the subsequent announcements. And yet, at the same time, there’s something astonishingly disappointing about Bryan Fuller’s departure from Star Trek.

Part of the reason why I was so excited about this new show was because of Bryan Fuller’s involvement; it elevated Discovery to more than just the latest Star Trek show, but something special in its own right. Because Bryan Fuller is a writer at the top of his game, who’s widely renowned for his unique creative vision – consider the artistry of Hannibal, for example – and I couldn’t wait to see him apply this to Star Trek, a programme that he holds a lifelong passion for and an innate understanding of.

My reaction from a few weeks ago regarding Bryan Fuller’s exit from Star Trek: Discovery. I am, I must admit, astonishingly disappointed.

(With hindsight, I suspect this is not a very good article. If nothing else, I am now waaaay less into the whole auteur thing than I was then; really, I didn’t even believe it anymore by the 31st.)

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Bryan Fuller confirms female lead, gay character, and prequel setting for Star Trek: Discovery

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Excitingly, one of the first things that Fuller confirmed was a human female lead; interestingly, however, it’s been said confirmed by Fuller that she will not be a Captain, but rather a lieutenant commander “with caveats”. The intention is to provide a different point of view from prior Star Trek series, given that the previous iterations have been from the perspective of the Captain. This female lead is yet to be cast, with shooting still two months away; Fuller has, in the past, stated that casting for Discovery will be ‘colour blind’, and as such our new lead may be of any race. Rather excitingly, Fuller has also said there will “absolutely” be a gay character, thus breaking new ground for televised Star Trek.

The show is going to be set 10 years before The Original Series; it’s another prequel series, much like Enterprise before it, although far closer in time to the original Star Trek. In setting the show so closely to the original, it means that Discovery is able to “play with all the iconography of those ships and those uniforms.” It won’t just be the ships and the uniforms, though, with one returning character having been brought up in discussion – Spock’s mother, Amanda Greyson. Rather obliquely, Fuller has suggested that Discovery will depict an event in Starfleet history that has “never been explored”; several guesses as to what this unexplored event is have been ruled out, such as the Romulan War, and it currently remains a guarded secret. This event was, however, confirmed to be referenced on The Original Series, so get ready for plenty of speculation. 

I’ve been up for the past few hours writing this article about the new Star Trek series; you can click on the above to be linked to the full piece, which has a lot more detail about the nature of the series, and what we can expect to see.

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New Details about 2017 Star Trek Series Released!

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The teaser trailer gave a January 2017 premier date for CBS All Access, as well as restating that the opening episode of the series would also play on the CBS channel proper. (Within the past week, it was also confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery would be available on Netflix in the UK, within 24 hours of the American release.) David Semel, who has previously worked on Person of Interest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and American Horror Story, will be executive producing and directing the opening episodes. He’s also been nominated for an Emmy award for his work directing the pilot episode of Heroes, making him particularly well suited to helm the pilot episode of Star Trek: Discovery.

Fuller has also stated that the series “won’t be episodic”, and compared the storytelling to being akin to a novel. He was also keen to restate his commitment to continuing the ethos of Star Trek, saying “The new series has to remind audiences the message of Star Trek — continuing to push boundaries”. As well as this, Fuller also commented on the need to “celebrate a progression of our species”, because “right now we need a little help”; he also drew attention to one of the core ideals of Star Trek, stating that “individuality should be celebrated. Star Trek celebrates diversity”.

I’ve written an article about Star Trek: Discovery! It collates some different quotes of Bryan Fuller’s, as well as discussing the new ship design, its antecedents, and what it might mean for the series going forward.

I have to say, I remain very excited for this series.

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Bryan Fuller reveals exciting details about new Star Trek series!

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Something I’ve always admired about Star Trek is the vision of an inclusive future that it put forward – I’m glad that’s going to preserved in the new series, because I feel like today, that’s a vision we need more than ever. 

Something a little happier than what we had this morning, with an article about Bryan Fuller’s new Star Trek series.

I’m particularly looking forward to it; of course, on one level that’s because I’m a huge Trekkie and I kinda always have been. Star Trek is, after all, rather brilliant. But more than that, what I’m really looking forward to is a show with a little hope – something I think we all need these days.

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5 things we might see from Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek

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So, it’s been about a week since the news that Bryan Fuller will be acting as showrunner on CBS’ new Star Trek TV show. At the minute, very little is known about the program, and where it will boldly go; however, we can make a decent guess at what it might look like…

Of course, Discovery did quickly diverge from Bryan Fuller’s original pitch – we never did get that anthology series! – but it’s interesting to note how much of Discovery’s DNA Bryan Fuller suggested in interviews throughout the years when talking about Star Trek. I mean, all the above was taken from sources like that, and for the most part it’s a fairly accurate representation of what Discovery was.

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