Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005, finally arrives this September on CBS before boldly going where no Trek series has gone before, CBS All Access. The series is also the first since J.J. Abrams introduced the alternate “Kelvin” timeline in his films, though Discovery will be set in the original, “prime” timeline, taking place ten years before the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The show will explore the Federation-Klingon cold war in a more serialized format than previous seasons. That is how Discovery stands now, as envisioned by showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts. But, under original showrunner and creator Bryan Fuller, Discovery was almost something very different; something much more original and ambitious.
Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story this week is Star Trek: Discovery, where the magazine reveals some previously unreleased information about what Fuller’s vision for Discovery entailed. It turns out Fuller’s original pitch had the show beginning in the time of Discovery, only to move through the eras of Kirk, Picard, and even beyond that, to a futuristic point never reached by the Star Trek universe. It would have been an anthology series similar to American Horror Story, reseting the storyline each season. Fuller described it as a “platform for a universe of Star Trek shows.”
It’s hard to tell for sure from this information, but it sounds like the timelines would vary season to season, allowing for the anthology reset with a new crew and time period every fall, but we don’t know this for sure. It seems unlikely the series would jump time periods episode to episode, unless time travel was involved, and we may have seen enough of that in Star Trek canon, as of late. Either way, I totally would have watched that, as it does sound more original than Discovery in its final form — which I will be watching anyway — and Fuller is a great creator / showrunner, responsible for Dead Like Me, Pushing Daises, American Gods, and especially the delightfully delicious Hannibal series that aired on NBC for two years.
What do you think of Fuller’s original plans for Star Trek: Discovery? Does that sound more or less interesting than Discovery‘s current version? Let us know in the comment section below!
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS, with all following episodes on CBS All Access in the US.