CBS’s All-Access streaming series Star Trek Discovery is almost here, folks, and whether you already hate the show or love it, a lot of people are pulling for its success.
Regardless of how you feel about the show (I personally think it stinks) a few changes have been made to the format to better update the show and, I think, fit it into an earlier era of Star Trek.
The second change first: it appears there will be a source of conflict within StarFleet itself:
In an interview with EW, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg revealed that they would not be concerning themselves with ‘Roddenberry’s Box’ – a longstanding tradition that prevented any Star Trek series from having significant interpersonal conflicts within Star Fleet, unless characters were under the influence of some kind of outside force.
“Harberts: We’re trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions. People have to make mistakes — mistakes are still going to be made in the future. We’re still going to argue in the future.”
Berg: The rules of Starfleet remain the same, but while we’re human or alien in various ways, none of us are perfect.
Harberts: The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts.So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”
The other change being made is that Star Trek Discovery will not be episodic but serialized, unlike pretty much of all star Trek save some latter season(s) of Enterprise.
I for one am looking forward to the latter change, although I can’t even imagine some of the gay subplots they’re going to interweave into the main story thread, and by thread, who a certain gay astromycologist is sleeping with, and why. As for the first change: I understand Starfleet would be a little rough during it’s formation and thereafter for some period of time, but this is set ten years before TOS, so it begs the obvious question of how and why Starfleet became so well integrated and regulated by the time Kirk took over the Enterprise.
They should have just bumped the Prime universe up several decades and returned to the Enterprise, hired some damned good writers, and asked themselves: what would Roddenberry do?