'Star Trek: Discovery' Showrunners Blame Set and Prop Design for Show's Delays

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 11:00AM
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 11:00AM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Showrunners Blame Set and Prop Design for Show's Delays
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Star Trek: Discovery had better be amazing when it finally debuts on September 24th. For months now, everyone involved at a creative level has been insisting that this is going to be the most utterly incredible, cinematic science-fiction experience that's ever been created for television. What's made the waiting all the more frustrating is the show's repeated delays—originally intended for a January premiere, we're now seeing Discovery (hopefully) coming as part of CBS's fall lineup.

A couple of weeks ago, the show's producer Alex Kurtzman claimed that the constant delays have been caused by an air of perfectionism on the project, stating that they weren't interested in rushing something out quickly for the sake of meeting an arbitrary deadline. Now, showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are expanding on this, claiming that the production values on Discovery are through the roof, which has led to delays along the way. According to the pair:

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"There's is so much artistry and custom craftsmanship that go into every prop, every costume, every set. These things have to be designed and manufactured. We flew a costume designer to Switzerland to pick up the fabric for the Starfleet uniforms. Several items on our uniforms are 3D printed. Some of our sets can take over six weeks to make. CBS has given us the time and the money to make something the fans will find worthwhile."
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Apparently this level of high-quality work extends to the sets on the USS Discovery, which, as it turns out, we haven't seen yet. Apparently, clips in the trailer show the bridge of the USS Shenzen instead, which will be captained by Michelle Yeoh's supporting character. Whatever the show has up its sleeves, we haven't even seen the good stuff yet.



Of course, there's a big problem with a spiraling production time and cost. CBS executives have expressed reluctance about the project in general, likely due to the large expense involved in making the show, so if Discovery doesn't find an audience immediately, there's a chance the network will kill the series.

Even if Discovery does succeed, lengthy pre-production isn't always possible on a seasonal television show. Simply because of the time involved in producing props for the first season, we might see a large drop in production value if Discovery gets picked up for more future episodes, or else another long delay before more episodes are ready, as with Game of Thrones.

So make sure you enjoy every second of Discovery come September 24th. Even if this show is amazing, you might be waiting a long time to see more of it.
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