CBS recently announced a change to the release date for their new Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. The pilot episode, which was slated to hit television screens in January of 2017 and then continue the series exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS streaming service, will now be beamed back until May 2017. Why the change, should fans be worried that the Tribbles are breeding?
The shift for the 13 episode series was at the request of the creative team headed by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. Currently the team has three completed scripts and the rest of the season mapped out and casting has begun, but the team needed some extra time to make sure things weren’t rushed.
Kurtzman and Fuller has this to say about the move:
Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood.
We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality.
Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.
CBS TV Studios President David Stapf said:
The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling. They are building a new, very ambitious Star Trek world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.
The series is believed to be set between Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek the original series and will remain in the Prime Star Trek Universe. That is what the original time line is being called before J.J. Abrams blew everything up in the Kelvin timeline in the Star Trek Reboot. Set ten years before the original series, Star Trek: Discovery hopes to bridge the gap.
One interesting note is that the series will tell one complete story over the season instead of using the standard Star Trek single contained episode format. Think of Binge watching series like Daredevil and you get the idea.
What do you think, aside from catching the pilot episode on CBS will fans be making the move to CBS All Access to watch the rest of the series or will pirating of the series be king?