Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman had words of encouragement for fans a bit nervous about the new Star Trek series.
Set ten years before the time of Kirk and Spock, the new series promises to be edgier but fans can expect Star Trek: Discovery to be Star Trek. “If you’re a fan of Trek you are going to see a lot of things that hearkens back to the original series and elements of the original series,” said Kurtzman. “I’m not just talking plot. I mean the spirit of what that show was. We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on Discovery that I think people will find familiar. Without spoiling anything, I think we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues of exploration that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.”
Depend on the writers of the show to do it right, Kurtzman reassured fans. “You’ve got a roomful of people with very different and very devoted relationships to Star Trek in that writers’ room,” he said. “And I think that carries on a pretty proud tradition of Trek being written by fans. You have to respect canon as it’s been written. You can’t say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no, no, you can’t do that. They’ll kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together. You have to keep very meticulous track of who, when, where and why. And we have people in the room whose sole job is to say, ‘No, can’t do that!’
“I think that at the core of Roddenberry’s vision, and this is why I believe it has endured for as long as it has, is the belief that human beings will always find a way to persevere and connect to each other. And that there is an optimistic outlook to where we could be going. And now more than ever we need that desperately. So he gives you hope. Star Trek gives you hope.”