Issues Building Since Announcement of New Series
Earlier today I participated in a short but poignant discussion about Discovery. It focused mainly on the Klingons, and the consternation felt by many fans about their radical appearance. I say radical because we’ve now had 4 or 5 iterations of Klingons, depending on how you count. But let’s not get bogged down in a General Chang versus T’Kuvma type conundrum.
This hesitation goes deeper, it permeates wider, it lingers longer. I dare say that many of my own (and many others, for that matter) issues have actually been building since the first announcement of a new series. It’s almost comparable to the current political/legal scandals that are swallowing Washington DC and most news media. By that I mean to say that we’ve seen a drip, drip, drip of news that when looked at in isolation seems somewhat benign, but when compiled, should cause even the most ‘open-minded’ fan to pause, if only for a moment.
Release Schedule Setbacks
Star Trek: Discovery was announced in November of 2015, set to premiere in January of 2017. Alex Kurtzman (who, when interviewed, has said some very curious things about the general direction of the show and timeline) and Bryan Fuller were announced as show runners in February of 2016. In May 2016 a teaser promo promised “new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds”, none of which seems to be true based on the trailer, save for a few crewmembers. In September of 2016 the show’s premiere was delayed until May of 2017. Shortly after this initial delay, Fuller was removed from his ‘show runner’ position. The show has been further delayed until September 24th, 2017.
Notice any pattern?
Now, keeping in mind that all fans really want is more Trek, there’s been enough of this to be worrisome. The Klingons are just one element of the skepticism felt by many.
What should be noted is that there is no binary opinion of Star Trek Discovery, yet. If we truly adhere to the idea of IDIC (infinite diversity in infinite combinations), then we realize there are a myriad of opinions ranging from uniform style, to the JJ Abrams style direction seen in the only trailer to date, etc. But, there has been enough vocal concern to register on the scale of cautiousness as we set out to discover this new Trek.
Nothing mentioned above even touches on what has already been observed, in detail, elsewhere. A month ago, a writer by the name of Ketwolski pointed to some intricate details that apparently are being glossed over by the more enthusiastic among Trekkers/Trekkies. Of course they want to be excited, it’s been twelve years since we’ve had Star Trek on television, but as we learned with Enterprise, the moment we sacrifice quality for quantity, we lose the thing we’re asking for…the chance to go “where no one has gone before”.
Oh, and there’s no reason we should forget that this will be the first Trek series that you have to pay for a special plan to watch. That may be only a business decision, but it’s one that is likely to keep the skeptics from committing to anything long-term until they know what they’re getting is quality.
Star Trek Discovery premieres September 24th on CBS All Access (USA), and Space/CraveTV (Canada), and on September 25th on Netflix (rest of world).