‘Star Trek: Discovery’ And ‘Lower Decks’ Work Continues By Remote

The developing coronavirus pandemic is affecting people all around the globe and disrupting all industries, including the entertainment industry. The world of Star Trek is being impacted as well, from the shows to merchandise and events.

Working from home could slow Discovery season 3 post production

Most movie and television production in the USA and Canada has been shut down or put on hiatus during March due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. However, production on the third season of Star Trek: Discovery was completed before these shutdowns, having wrapped up in Canada in February. The show is currently in post-production, much of which is done in the Los Angeles area, which is on lockdown by order of the State of California. But work is still being done remotely.

This working from home was mentioned over the weekend by Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who remotely joined Wilson Cruz in an Instagram livestream. Responding to a fan query, Rapp noted that the shift to working from home is slower:

They’re currently editing and doing visual effects for season 3 but it’s shifting to work from home so it’ll be slower than usual. No word yet on how long that will take or when it will be released.

And yesterday Discovery editor Scott Gamzon gave fans a view of his home workspace, noting he has been working remotely for two weeks now.

The third season of Star Trek: Discovery was set to be released in 2020 on CBS All Access, but no official release date had been set. Earlier this year, executive producer Heather Kadin estimated it could be ready by May.

Preview image from Star Trek: Discovery season 3, released last fall at NYCC

Remote work not impacting Lower Decks yet

Another anticipated Star Trek show is the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, also headed to CBS All Access. The series was officially announced in late 2018, but animated shows have a long development cycle. On Sunday show creator and executive producer Mike McMahan answered a fan inquiry on Twitter about development on Lower Decks (and his upcoming Hulu series Solar Opposites), where he revealed that “delivery has not been impacted” for either show with remote work.

CBS has not set an official release date for Lower Decks, but at Comic-Con last summer it was estimated to have a 2020 release. And earlier this year Heather Kadin said the show could be ready by May.

Preview image from Star Trek: Lower Decks released at SDCC 2019

IDW comics delayed

On Monday IDW Publishing announced that due to issues with distribution and the retail environment as a result of the pandemic, they will be reducing their upcoming comics releases through to July, including all titles to be released in May. The impact on specific Star Trek titles is not known yet, but it is likely that titles starting in April through to the summer could be affected.

Star Trek: Year Five #14 was originally set for May

Star Trek Online remains operational

The massive multiplayer online game Star Trek Online is still going and celebrating their 10th year with their latest update Star Trek Online: Legacy which launched earlier this year and features Jeri Ryan as Seven and Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham. Updates and promotions have continued in March. Earlier in the month Cryptic Studios announced they have plans in place to ensure STO along with their other titles remain operation and in development while their teams work remotely.

Star Trek Online: Legacy is the latest update for the 10 year old MMORPG

COVID-19 having a major impact on live events

Possibly the biggest industry impact is on conventions and large gatherings. We have already seen this with the postponement of PaleyFest Los Angeles, which was to include a star-studded Star Trek: Picard panel last week. No new date has been set but PaleyFest is “exploring options to reschedule.”

WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, which was to kick off on April 10th, has also been postponed. CBS has recently used WonderCon for Star Trek panels and reveals. No new date has been set. When Comic-Con International announced the WonderCon postponement earlier this month they also noted that San Diego Comic-Con could also be impacted, but “no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020.”

Destination Star Trek Germany was set for the first weekend of May, but it was just announced it has been rescheduled for October 9-11 at the same venue in Dortmund, Germany. The official Star Trek Las Vegas convention is still scheduled for August 5-9. Last week Creation Entertainment noted on Twitter that they will be following all COVID-19 protocols and will postpone any of their events (including STLV) if needed.

The Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration originally set for the first weekend of May in Burbank, CA has been rescheduled for the first weekend of July, at the same venue. With the delay, they have also stated they are expanding the guest list, which currently includes Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones.

Another annual event that has been used to announce Star Trek news is the CBS Upfronts presentation, which traditionally takes place in New York in May. Earlier this month ViacomCBS announced they will be foregoing their live presentation at Carnegie Hall, but will conduct a “video Upfront special” which will be posted to digital platforms on May 13.

CBS Star Trek panel at WonderCon 2019 – the 2020 event is one of many being postponed

Star Trek stars make the best of it

Like many, a number of Star Trek stars are in self-isolation at home. Some are sharing home experiences via social media including William Shatner, who has taken to issuing “Captain’s Logs” on Twitter.

As noted above Discovery star Wilson Cruz has been using Instagram Live to keep up with fans and today he will have Anthony Rapp as a special guest.

Santiago Cabrera, who plays Rios on Star Trek: Picard, had his own soothing message:

And Sir Patrick Stewart is reading a sonnet for us every day.

 

TrekMovie will continue to monitor events and how they are impacting Star Trek and will post any relevant updates.

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German Trekkie

Aaaaaw <3. Santiagos and Sir Patricks posts are adorable. Really heartwarming (if a bit lo-fi ;) Keep up the nice social media posts. They are definitely comforting. Also noticed how many US Late Night hosts have become baby YouTubes in the last week or so. Hilarious. Like humanity as a whole, they all struggle, but try their best. Stay healthy, stay home. There is enough media to enjoy :D

PS: Even if you may dislike STP, you have to admit, das Santiago seems like such a wholesome presence.

Wholesome. Mm yes, that’s the first adjective I think of when I see Santiago Cabrera.

;)

ML31

I can certainly relate to the limitations of working from home. I’ve been forced to do it and am frustrated at the lack of connections. Seems my employer just wasn’t fully prepared for this….

I’ve been working at home for six years so there’s no change for me at all, but I’m a software architect and my profession is used to this sort of thing. If it’s not too personal to ask, what do you do for a living ML31?

Duncan MacLeod

I’m a DBA/SQL developer. I was working from home anyway so like you this was an easy transition. My wife is off work for now unfortunately. She’s an essential health care worker but clients don’t want service right now.

ML31

I’m a GIS analyst. But I do not have the actual software at home or a link to the secured network in my office. So the best I can do is update some data as it comes in but it is not linked to the network.

SHiiNZoN

Same here, Citrix conn to work from home when I am actually allowed to work from home :)

Legate Damar

I wish I could work from home. I work at a special needs school, and its just shut down right now. I’ve just been social distancing at home, incredibly bored.

Observations in no particular order:

1. Scott Gamzon’s TOS Enterprise on the desk of his home workstation has my seal of approval. 8-) It’s also amusing (and perhaps a wee bit eerie) that he and I are both huge Trekkies, both love TOS, both have an interest in visual effects work (him professionally, me as a hobby), and we both share the first eight letters of our names.

2. If you are not already following him on Twitter, Tom Constantino, one of the producers of The Orville, is promising a post on how they are continuing post-production work during this extended shut down.

3. And lastly, Santiago Cabrera serenading me with his bed head handsomeness totally made my day. Thank you!

Marcelo

I get that animation takes a long time, but can we at least see a trailer? A clip? Something? Can we see what the ships look like? How it moves? There’s more secrecy to Lower Decks than any previous incarnation of Trek and it’s driving me bonkers!

blackmocco

In the entertainment business, that only means one of two things: either Lower Decks is really good, and they want to save the surprises for closer to the release date. Or it’s really, really bad and you won’t see shit until the day of release. Hoping for the best case scenario but after three seasons of this muck so far, I’m prepared for the worst.

FASAfan

How quaint! NOW: GET TO WORK ON PIKE!!!

Really??

Legate Damar

Yeah, even if that show is happening, I don’t think they’re about to start filming anything new right now.

Cmd.Bremmon

Agree, agree, agree!!!!! WARP SPEED NOW!!!

The current situation pretty much assures that there won’t be any Trek on the big screen until 2023. Keep up the good work on the small screen, guys!

A cheer from me also.

(Although I hope that development and preproduction writing and design work can tick along for both cinematic features and television series.)

Legate Damar

I’m glad that they’re able to continue production without risking going outside.

LOFC_Ed

Working from home is almost impossible for me and last week we were sending out second monitors for staff constantly! Busier than a normal week 1000x.

If it was for Trek programming then I would not have cared!

Sully

Oh no, DIS season 3 might end up being garbage and a below par contribution to the Star Trek universe. Imagine that.