Star Trek: Discovery Delayed Until Spring 2017

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 5:41PM
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 5:41PM
Star Trek: Discovery Delayed Until Spring 2017
Whether this is a good or a bad sign, it's pretty disappointing. Star Trek's return to television has been delayed for several months, from January 2017 to May. 

Although delays can often be a sign that a series or film is in trouble, the powers-that-be are insisting that the delay gives them the opportunity to make Star Trek Discovery everything it can be. Showrunner Bryan Fuller and EP Alex Kurtzman said in a joint statement (via Collider):
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"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."
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CBS President also released a statement claiming that the show is in great shape, and that the pushed-off release date will only make it better.

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"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."
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This is a little ominous, especially considering that the producers and CBS haven't released any real footage featuring the cast of new characters. It's possible that some of the new characters aren't working, but it's also possible that the writers just want to make it as great as humanly possible, to avoid disappointing Star Trek's passionate fanbase. Either way, we should probably be glad that they're taking more time to tinker with it, whether it will serve to fix it or perfect it. It will be a long wait, but hopefully it will be worth it.
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