Most wouldnâ€™t ever compare the likes of Star Trek and Game of Thrones. In many ways, they are polar opposites of each other. One his high fantasy, the other high sci-fi. One is character-focused, one is more idea-driven. But now, with the latest entry in the series, Star Trek: Discovery, nearing its release, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg are naming Game of Thrones as an influence for the Discovery.
Speaking with EW, Berg said:
â€œGame of Thrones changed television. They almost made it difficult to fall in love with people because you didnâ€™t know if they were going to be taken away from you. That showâ€™s had an influence on all TV dramas that have come after it.â€
Of course, itâ€™s easy to misunderstand why the deaths in Game of Thrones worked. Some may see that as an invitation for a killing spree, but Harberts wanted to make it clear that that wasnâ€™t the case with Star Trek: Discovery. No, there wonâ€™t necessarily be needless and widespread death for the sake of it.
â€œDeath isnâ€™t treated gratuitously on this show. Itâ€™s not for shock value. But when it happens we want to make sure that people really feel it.â€
This is something thatâ€™s pretty commonplace nowadays, but wasnâ€™t really a think when I was growing up. Until recently, you generally had a core cast that would stick around season after season after season, no matter the dangers. Occasionally, youâ€™d have cast members pop in and out, but that was normally due to contractual disagreements or an actor leaving for film. Nowadays, a lot of absences in TV are for legit story reasons. Now more than every before, casts tend to be pretty malleable.
Weâ€™re happy to hear that Star Trek: Discovery will be taking more risks with their storytelling, but we also hope that they manage to retain the more thoughtful aspects of the original series. While Iâ€™d never been a huge fan with the slow pacing of the original series, splitting the difference between that and the new films seems like the best way to go â€” and from what weâ€™ve seen, it looks like thatâ€™s the direction theyâ€™re going. Now if only it wasnâ€™t on CBS All Accessâ€¦
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