One of the major story points that has been revealed in the last month is how Star Trek: Discovery will focus on a war with the Klingons. However, in an interview with Digital Spy Executive Producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman intimated that the Klingon War arc will not be the focus of the entire series. He also gave more details on the backstory of Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham.
Discovery’s Own Undiscovered Country
Fans should not expect to see the Klingon War dominate Discovery’s entire run. Kurtzman said:
“Each season needs to be about a different thing. I wouldn’t necessarily want to bring the Klingon War into season two.
“However, the results of the war are going to allow for a lot of new storytelling that will be the result of everything that happens and the people that are left behind; the casualties, the things that have grown in Starfleet as a result of the war. That’s what we’ll inherit in the second season.”
As we recently reported Bryan Fuller first approached CBS with the idea of doing a Star Trek anthology series (like American Horror Story) with each season telling a different story in a different era. This idea was shot down in favor of sticking with the same crew in the same time period, however based on Kurtzman’s comments, it appears we could still see a change of focus for this crew each season.
That being we reported yesterday on about Kurtzman saying it was “totally possible” that more Star Trek television shows could follow Discovery, so maybe those different eras still have a chance to show up.
Burnham’s Klingon fixation
Commenting on Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham, a “first contact expert” who seems like the perfect Starfleet officer to seek out new life and new civilizations, Kurtman commented that
[Burnham] is fascinated and fixated on alien races; particularly the Klingons, for reasons that we’ll come to understand are very personal for her given the fact that we’re at war with the Klingons in the show, she’s going to have a lot to say and do about it.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.