Star Trek: Discovery really had an impact in its first Season. Despite production issues plaguing the first season of the show after showrunner Bryan Fuller left, Discovery seems to have gone down well with critics and ‘most’ fans. We assumed everything was moving ahead at full pace with regards to Season 2.
However, we have now found out that Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg have been sacked from the show. THR reports that Harberts and Berg were fired, not for the usual creative difference placeholder, but for serious misconduct. Allegedly the pair were reported for being abusive towards the writing staff and ultimately they were sacked for failing to provide effective leadership with insiders claiming budget mismanagement.
The claim states that so much budget was spent on the first episode of Season 2, that with 5 episodes in the can, they were running out of budget for the remainder of Season 2. The alleged abuse was described somewhat, with Harberts said to have leaned across the writers room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show’s staff. Whether this is the extent of the complaint from the writers is unknown?
In response to this sacking the new showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery will be Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman was already involved in the show as executive producer and directed the pilot episode for CBS, he also penned the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. So Kurtzman might seem initially like the right man to lead the show going forward, but there is no guarantee that he won’t have his own ideas, which push the show in a new direction for better or worse? The outlet also reported that Kurtzman’s right-hand man Akiva Goldsman would not be returning for Season 2 as he is also said to have had a falling out with writing staff in Season 1.
I was not the biggest fan of Kurtzman’s work on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, but the veteran writer/producer was heavily involved with Discovery Season 1, which certainly did engage with my own personal tastes.
Ultimately this is a huge shakeup and we still don’t know what unforeseen effects this could all have for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2. What do you think of this news? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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