We are just a day away from the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. To get you ready we have gathered some new bits including some more details and photos from the premiere, producers talking canon, Netflix availability times, a few behind the scenes shots, and more. And if you live in New York City, we have an important update on a special promo happening tonight.
Premiere episode details and photos
Details for the two-part premiere have been posted on the official Star Trek site. There are now database pages for Episode 1 (“The Vulcan Hello“) and Episode 2 (“Battle at the Binary Stars“). The first episode now has the following description:
While patrolling Federation space, the U.S.S. Shenzhou encounters an object of unknown origin, putting First Officer Michael Burnham to her greatest test yet.
CBS also released 5 new photos from the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery.
New photos from “The Vulcan Hello”
New photos from “Battle at the Binary Stars”
Showrunners on how they stick to canon
Slate has an interview with Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg focuing on their process for maintaining canon. It is worth a read, here is snippet talking about how they deal with the boundaries of canon:
There are some areas of Trek canon that Discovery’s showrunners simply will not touch. The Romulans, for example, are a “no-go,” Harberts told me, because their appearance in the Original Series episode “Balance of Terror” is supposed to be the Federation’s first face-to-face encounter with the species. Other areas offer more wiggle room. The trick, Berg said, is figuring out which parts of canon are too sacred to toy with and which leave some undiscovered country ripe for further exploration. “Any kind of canon is like Scripture. There’s some interpretation going on,” she said. “I really find that my favorite creative people can look at those boundaries and say, there’s so much room within to play. Instead of going outside the lines, we can dig deeper within the boundaries that exist.”
…and on F-Bombs
And in an interview with CBR, the pair of showrunners talked about how being on a streaming service allowed more flexibility, including with language:
We have a moment where three of our scientists have just pulled off the most incredible thing ever. They are talking about concepts that are so above everybody else’s head, and one of them says, “This is so fucking cool.” And she’s a cadet, and she’s catches herself, and she looks at her boss, because oh my God, she just dropped an F-bomb. And her boss, played by Anthony Rapp, turns to her and says, “You’re right, cadet — this is fucking cool.” So in a moment like that, where I feel like we’re celebrating smarts and people who are at the top of their game. It’s rare when we’ll do it, but if we do it, we want to make it feel organic.
More BTS from Ted
Here are today’s behind the scenes pictures from co-executive producer Ted Sullivan.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) September 23, 2017
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) September 23, 2017
Meyer defines his role
Star Trek II and VI director Nicholas Meyer is credited as a consulting producer on Star Trek: Discovery. In a new interview with Inverse, Meyer explains his role on the show:
Speaking to Inverse on the phone from Los Angeles, Meyer explains that though his initial role on Discovery was “just another writer in the room,” as the series evolved he became “the consultant.” And then, in an effort to downplay his impact or title, he says, “I would sort of put in my two cents every once and while.”
See moment Martin-Green found out she got the job
Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green has been doing some chat shows, including an appearance on The Talk yesterday. This time the hosts all dressed up for Star Trek and CBS even provided a captain’s chair. The actress talked about the utopian vision and history diversity on Star Trek. She also showed off a video her husband took of the moment she found out she got the role. Spoiler alert: she cries.
Netflix reveals availability time
As noted in our “How to Watch Star Trek: Discovery” article last week, episodes of Star Trek: Discovery would be available within 24 hours after they were put on to CBS All Access. Netflix has not narrowed down the exact time by updating the @startreknetflix page with the following info:
#StarTrekDiscovery streams weekly starting 25th of September at 8am BST / 9am CET on Netflix.
TrekMovie has also confirmed that the first episode of After Trek will also be made available at the same time in English-speaking Netflix countries. For Non-English speaking countries After Trek will be posted Tuesday at the same time, a day after the episode posts.
Star Trek to light up Hudson River tonight
Today CBS announced there is going to be some kind of promotion event in New York City over the Hudson river tonight at 8-10PM.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) September 23, 2017
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.
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