Harberts Says Nobody Is Safe On ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ + Kurtzman Talks VFX Challenges

Time to catch up on some Star Trek: Discovery news from around the web. We start with a new official video and a co-showrunner talking about character death. There is also news about Discovery’s original showrunner, some new details on the VFX for the show and a few more bits from across the web.

Nobody is safe?

CBS has released another one of their Star Trek: Discovery character videos, this time focusing on Captain Georgiou, who died in the second episode.

A quote that catches attention from the video comes from co-showrunner Aaron Harberts, who says:

I’d say nobody is safe — from the standpoint of in life nobody is safe. You just don’t know how fate intervenes. We have brave people working in dangerous environments and coming up against dangerous situations and dangerous cultures and anything can happen.

Is he just talking about the fate of Captain Georgiou? Or could there be others who won’t make it past season one? Besides a few random crew people and shuttle pilots we did see the death of Commander Landry (Rehkha Sharma) this season. Of course the creatives on the show aspire for Discovery to be akin to Game of Thrones which is famous for killing off major characters, so perhaps “nobody is safe” is a warning not to get too attached to any character.

Fuller exits American Gods

Speaking of nobody being safe. Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller has left American Gods along with his co-showrunner Michael Green. According to reports Fuller left after a falling out over an impasse and issues with the budget for the second season for the series. Trek fans will remember that it was just over a year ago that Fuller exited as showrunner for Discovery and the reason given at the time was due to his split commitment with American Gods. This may also be a factor with American Gods as it was recently announced Fuller is heading up a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories for Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

Kurtzman talks Discovery VFX challenge

In a Variety article discussing the growing need for feature-level visual effects in TV, Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed some of the challenges that have faced the show and why they had to split up the work:

“We were under-budgeted on visual effects, and as we started to grow we realized we needed more money allocated to that. The truth is there isn’t any one single house that could handle everything given the volume of CG we have, plus the turnaround itself. There’s a three-month window of turnaround time on work, and with so much work to do, sometimes different elements within a single shot will be divided between different houses that specialize in things like water or space or texture.”

More Disco Bits

Here are a few links about Discovery for this week:

SyFy: How can we make Star Trek: Discovery canon?

ScreenRant: Could CBS All Access survive without Star Trek: Discovery?

StarTalk Radio: Star Trek: Discovery’s Spore Drive is nonsense.

SyFy: The problem with gatekeeping in Star Trek fandom.

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.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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