Speaking to IndieWire, Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg talked about how they wanted to change the dynamic of the show with the midseason finale (“Into the Forest I Go”), knowing it would get fans pondering the mysterious ending. Berg noted:
“Every couple of episodes, right around the time the audience feels like, ‘Oh, I know what you’re doing,’ we switch it up. It became a natural rhythm for the show, and it makes it really fun for us, the writers, everybody, really. Because it’s a way to keep it lively.”
“It felt like a great place to end the first half of the season, too. We had a lot of fun tracking the debate that the fans are having about where they think storylines are going and where characters are going. And we thought it’d be a fun way to leave them for the next month and a half to really chew things over and debate and have fun until we come back.”
The war lives on but Chapter 2 focuses on a bigger problem
While the finale showed the destruction of the Klingon Sarcophagus ship with the USS Discovery crew figuring out how to defeat the cloak and turn the tide, the war is not over. The showrunners talked about how it will play out in the second chapter, which kicks off on January 7th. According to Berg:
“The war will continue in Chapter 2. It’ll be in there for sure. The Klingon war is this crisis where Burnham was there when it set off and she feels responsible for setting off. That is her arc for Season 1, and that is what will be paying off by the end of the season.”
“The war is always alive and always a motivator, but we also really wanted to try to tell some stories that stop down from the war. And I think that Chapter 2 will open in a place where as much as the war is weighing on our characters’ minds, they’ve got a bigger problem to solve.”
Work on Season 2 begins
Recently, we reported that work was soon to begin on the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Following Sunday night’s finale, while thanking the fans, Aaron Harberts gave an update, saying that he was set to get to work this week.
Thanks for watching @startrekcbs @StarTrekNetflix fans. Writers, cast, and crew killed it with this finale. Given that I'm old, jet-lagged, and starting work on S2 tomorrow, I'm off to bed. See you all in January! #StarTrekDiscovery— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) November 13, 2017
For now, it may just be Aaron and Gretchen, as the interview with IndieWire reported work for the writer’s room will begin in a few weeks, with Berg noting, “It’s been a whirlwind, and it will continue to be a whirlwind. But we’re excited.”
For more, including how Ripper the tardigrade may return some day, check out the full interview at IndieWire.
Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access on in the US and airs in Canada on the Space Channel. It is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.
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