New Story Details Revealed For STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Includes a Decision That Affects the Entire Universe
Some new story details have surfaced regarding the highly anticipated Star Trek: Discovery series and its main character, Starfleet First Officer Burnham, who is played by Sonequa Martin-Green. The entire series revolves around this character and it turns out there's a huge and important decision that she has to make that affects the entire universe.
Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg recently shared some new information regarding her character in an interview with EW and it's one of the most intriguing things that I've heard about the story so far.
The first thing you need to know is that First Officer Burnham is the first human ever to attend the Vulcan Science Academy, and Spock's father played a big part in her life. Harberts goes on to explain:
“Burnham [has] spent a lot of time on Vulcan, but she’s human. Sarek [Spock’s father, played by James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path. When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh]. And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe. That choice leads her to a different ship, the Discovery [helmed by Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs] and there we begin what Gretchen and I call our ‘second pilot.'”
I'm fascinated by this information and I wonder what the big choice is that she has to make. Berg goes on to explain that the goal is to give us a different perspective of the Star Trek universe. It follows a character that isn't going to be on the bridge of a Starfleet ship all the time.
“The joy is in the journey. The advantage to her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view. It’s a fresh feeling because we’re not on the bridge all the time. We get access to more parts of the ship.”
One thing that they are also doing with the series is bringing conflict to Starfleet crew members which is something that creator Gene Roddenberry didn't want for the series. It was his rule to keep the idyllic vision of a utopian future in place. When explaining why they changed that for this new series, Harberts said:
"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."
"The rules of Starfleet remain the same. But while we’re human or alien in various ways, none of us are perfect."
Harberts went on to explain how Roddenberry's vision of Star Trek will be utilized since they've changed this aspect of the franchise:
"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."
Harberts then confirmed that the series would take place in the original Star Trek timeline and not the one created by J.J. Abrams. As for where Harberts found his inspiration of the new series, he says:
“I think Nicholas Myers’ [sic] film are [sic] a touchstone, and not just because he’s been on staff with us. His storytelling is complex and intellectual and yet there’s a lot of room for character voices and character work, he’s done such an incredible job with the franchise. In terms of scope and scale, there’s something about Star Trek: The Motion Picture that really speaks to us as well. CBS has allowed us to find a cinematic language that’s wider in scope — our aspect ratio is 2:1 — and it just lends itself to a very lyrical way of telling the story. And just visually speaking, there’s also a little hint in terms of what J.J. Abrams did, a little bit, in terms of some of the visuals.”
Sounds like they are on the right track and are going to end up giving Star Trek fans something special. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS on September 24th and there will be new episodes coming to CBS All Access.