At Wondercon last weekend, IDW Publishing spoke about their new Star Trek: Year Five series, and announced a new series based on Star Trek: Discovery.
TrekMovie was at Wondercon, and attended the Inside the Writers’ Room panel for Star Trek: Year Five.
Star Trek: Year Five will be the story of the USS Enterprise‘s fifth year of the original five year mission. Only three years were shown on television.
Members of the panel described how they are approaching writing the series. “Star Trek: Year Five functions like a writers’ room,” said co-showrunner Jackson Lanzing. “We are going to be rotating each couple of issues to tell stories about things that would operate as a single [episodes] and take you through a season of television. It will be a lot more serialized than The Original Series was, while still hearkening back to what the episode-by-episode storytelling that we love from TOS.
“To me it is one of the greatest unanswered questions of Star Trek canon: how did the five-year mission end? How did we end up where we begin in Star Trek: The Motion Picture? How do these characters – the last time we saw them in season three – function so strongly as a family and so strongly as a crew. How do we then find them splintered – particularly with Spock – at the beginning of The Motion Picture?”
Look for a visit to a Tholian colony, and a visit to Sigma Iotia II (A Piece of the Action).
And the end of the panel, IDW editor Chase Marotz announced that in August, a new mini-series about Star Trek: Discovery will debut. This mini-series will run for three issues, and will be written by Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer.