'Star Trek: Discovery' Co-Creator Explains the Show's Constant Delays

Friday, 09 June 2017 - 7:25PM
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Friday, 09 June 2017 - 7:25PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Co-Creator Explains the Show's Constant Delays
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It's hard to feel too confident in Star Trek: Discovery right now. Not because of the show's quality - quite the contrary. From the footage we've seen, this series looks amazing, and its (relatively) diverse cast feels like an important step forward for television as a whole.

But considering that the show has been delayed multiple times since it was announced in 2015 (it was initially supposed to debut in January), the whole endeavor feels like a big practical joke that CBS is playing on fans of Gene Roddenberry's greatest legacy. Even now that the incredible first trailer for the show is here, it's hard to shake the feeling that this show might not actually ever make it to air.

To his credit, producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman is trying his best to put a positive spin on the whole affair, claiming that the delays are a sign of CBS's confidence in the show, rather than a suggestion that the network is dragging its feet on putting out something that it expects will fail to make back its money. Speaking to Collider, Kurtzman spoke about the delays:

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"We postponed our schedule because the truth is we did not want to put out something that was subpar, and as the vision expanded we started feeling like we weren't gonna be able to deliver the scope and the scale that was on the page. And CBS was extremely supportive in saying, 'Okay you know what, this is streaming, it's not like we have to beat out right away, let's do the best version of this, Trek is too important for all of us.'"
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There is some logic to Kurtzman's claims here. Considering the scope of the footage we've seen, which looks like a miniature movie in and of itself, it would make sense that the entire Discovery project would snowball into something that needed more time to finish to a high standard - that said, this isn't the whole story. Over the course of development, Discovery lost its initial showrunner, and one CBS executive claimed that nobody would want to watch the series on primetime network television.

There's been a lot of battles behind the scenes with this project, between an eager studio and a group of network executives that ultimately lack faith in the project. With all this struggle to get the show made in the first place, it'll even be hard to have faith in Discovery when it finally does make it to the air - the entire project has a Firefly style cancellation warning to it.

Here's hoping these fears are unfounded and that Kurtzman can deliver on his claims of an enormous sci-fi television epic. Regardless of what CBS's higher-ups might think, the world needs Star Trek: Discovery to thrive for many years to come.



Via: /Film
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