Star Trek: Discovery‘s Bryan Fuller tweeted yesterday that “a favorite TOS episode Balance of Terror is a touchstone for the Star Trek: Discovery story.”
In that episode, which introduced the Romulans, Spock made reference to a conflict between Earth and Romulus a “century ago,” fought with “primitive atomic weapons and in primitive space vessels.”
Since the series will only be set a decade before Kirk’s era, obviously the two adversaries will not be in that war, but perhaps there will be some sort of skirmish or incident. Or perhaps another unknown adversary will go to war with the Federation.
In other Discovery news, Star Trek: Beyond‘s Chris Pine reacted to the news that a gay character would be included in the series. “Amen, man. It’s about fucking time,” he said. “The fact that there’s still a conversation about it means that there’s still room to go in terms of it being normalized.
“My only rebuttal to George Takei — no matter what kind of creative differences he had about Sulu being gay, and I can understand his creative differences — is the fact that our job is to make people feel less alone. If there’s one kid in Middle America who feels any amount of self-loathing because he feels different, or is being bullied because he feels different or looks different or sounds different, if our film can give him solace and make him or her feel less alone, then abso-effin-loutely we should do it all the time, every day of the week.”