Patient and not-so-patient fans are finally getting some information about the repeated delays on the Star Trek: Discovery premiere date. In addition to finally getting a specific date — September 24! — showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg (who stepped in after Bryan Fuller left the show late last year) talked to Entertainment Weekly to explain the delays.
Harberts talked about the props, costumes and sets, and the level of “artistry and custom craftsmanship” that goes into every detail of them. Apparently we’re long past the days of early Trek when the production teams would go through other shows’ trash to see what was usable.
“These things have to be designed and manufactured. We flew a costume designer to Switzerland to pick up the fabric for the Starfleet uniforms. Several items on our uniforms are 3D printed. Some of our sets can take over six weeks to make. CBS has given us the time and the money to make something the fans will find worthwhile.”
“You can’t cut corners or have 95 percent of what’s on screen be completely original and inspired and then have five percent something you bought at a store. It has to be cohesive — and it is. I’m so proud of what’s on screen, it’s so beautiful and it’s taking world-building to a whole new level.”
In a nutshell, it’s the attention to detail that’s taking so long, according to Harberts and Berg. For those who forget their premiere delay history, a new Star Trek show for CBS All Access (later titled Star Trek: Discovery) was announced in November 2015 and then set to premiere in January of this year. Last September the launch was moved to May 2017 and in January the date was pushed back again to the fall. It took until today to lock in the actual date of September 24th. (We have more details on subsequent episodes here.)
Discovery is a whole different bridge
Much has been said about the look of the ship from the Star Trek: Discovery trailer. This new article confirmed what TrekMovie reported last month, that the ship and bridge seen in the trailer is in fact the U.S.S. Shenzhou, described by EW as “an entirely different (and older) ship than the Discovery.” It also notes that the production had to build a different set for the U.S.S. Discovery which “has yet to be revealed.” Having to build different bridge sets is given as yet another reason for the show’s delay.
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