The wait for the third season of Star Trek: Discovery continues, with a possible little tidbit coming today to pique fans’ interest.
Goldsman talks “post-Federation” future
Last week we reported on comments made to Collider by Star Trek: Picard executive producer Akiva Goldsman about the second season of that show. Now Collider has released its full hour-long interview with Goldsman which covers a wide range of topics inside and out of Star Trek. Goldsman was an executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery through the end of the second season and spoke to Collider about the origins of the idea to jump the show into the far future for season three
We all helped build that idea, all the way back to season one. Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, the original showrunners from season one, that idea dates all the way back to that. I think it is a spectacular idea, which is to go post the timeline we know.
After the second season of Discovery Goldsman pivoted to work on Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, but he still is in the know, noting “I am not on Discovery now, I just know things.” He gave Collider an assessment of the direction for Discovery season three, including the state of the United Federation of Planets:
Alex Kurtzman has really been deeply involved in the building out of what season three looks like and what that post-Federation future is. I have seen some of it because we all work together in the same – or we did – place with lots of Star Trek pictures on the wall and editing bays and things. It seems awesome. It’s not a final frontier but it is a new one.
Just looking at the sparse collection of stars on the Federation flag seen in the NYCC season three trailer gives you a big clue that the Federation isn’t what it used to be. And in that same trailer, the new character of Book (David Ajala) refers to Starfleet as a “ghost.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman hinted to TrekMovie during NYCC about big changes, saying, “We’re taking expectations and alliances and enemies and all of those things and putting them in a blender and mixing it all up and seeing what’s going to happen.” In January Kurtzman contrasted how the Federation is portrayed in the late 24th century of Star Trek: Picard and the third season of Discovery, now set in the 32nd century: “They are on the same timeline, but the Federation has changed much more radically in Discovery than it has on Picard.”
In describing where the crew of the Discovery find themselves in the far future, Goldsman uses the term “post-Federation.” Goldsman’s new comment hints the Federation may be more than down and out, and potentially entirely defunct by the time Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery show up in the 32nd century.
Jonathan Frakes, who has directed multiple third season episodes, has talked about this new setting for the show, saying that “finding a future that’s futuristic but is practical to shoot has been fascinating.” He has also said the there will be a “big tonal shift” for main character Michael Burnham.
For now, we will have to keep waiting for season three. In March it was promised to be coming soon. Post-production work on the third season has continued remotely during the pandemic, and just recently, composer Jeff Russo confirmed he and his team have started recording the music remotely. ViacomCBS is planning on a major enhancement to CBS All Access this summer, including the addition of more content and a new user interface. Discovery has been a flagship series for the streaming service, so launching the third season around the same time or soon after the upgrade could be good timing.
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