Geekery: Star Trek Discovery Ejects Its Warp Core

The distress signal is getting louder by the week – this series is in trouble.

Discovery was announced by CBS November of 2015. A teaser with the logo came out in May of last year that stated the series would debut January 2017 on CBS’ all new subscription service, CBS All Access. Bryan Fuller signed on as show runner, and Nicholas Meyer came on as a consulting producer. It looked promising. The first look at the ship was given at SDCC last year. It didn’t get the reception they wanted – the CG was subpar and the ship design was odd, to put it nicely. The first visual look was bad, but the interviews with Fuller and the producers were still reassuring. It was going to be better.

CBS handed the entire production to its fledgling All Access crew – the problems with this started to show over the coming months. Fuller stepped back from show runner to producer, and when the release date was pushed back to May 2017 Fuller left completely. It was left rudderless. Akiva Goldsman was brought in to help get the whole thing back on track.

Cast members – including Michelle Yeoh as a starship captain – were slowly announced. With that casting news came more delays due to the availability of various actors. Some of the initial plans laid out by Fuller – like the show being focused on a female Starfleet captain – went to the wayside. When the show went into production in January CBS released another trailer that revealed information that was meant to reassure fans.

Note that it’s May 1st. We have no show. We don’t even have a trailer with the cast in it.

Various department heads at CBS have said contrary things about the Star Trek being the most important property CBS has and saying that sci-fi isn’t a good fit for broadcast TV. CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise did an interview with Vulture and had this to say about the project:

It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates.

That was followed up with a direct question about a release date maybe in the fall, which was answered: “We’re not stating.”

Ok, then. I guess they’ve learned from their mistakes with announcing release dates. Hopefully they’re learning from other mistakes, as well. As with most things: I want this to be good, but they’re making it very hard to be optimistic.


What’s your take?

  • Cergorach

    Both videos not available…

    • Working fine for me – might be location dependent.

    • Jabberwokk

      I smell cancellation.

      paradise lost….

  • euansmith
    • Frostasche

      You are aware that the original Star Trek serie was cancelled, because it had not enough viewers for broadcast tv?

      • Well most sci-fi is a bit nice, but still Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar, Farscape, Dr.Who, Stargate Babylon 5… these all have pretty large fan bases that enjoy watching these series.
        Then again broadcast TV is dying off because most people prefer watching series on Netflix and other streaming services and rightly so.

      • euansmith

        It did manage three seasons which is pretty good for many series. 😉

      • OldHat

        And it isn’t exactly 1969 anymore either. Sci-Fi has hit the mainstream in a big way and Star Trek is a massive license to have at one’s disposal. Yet, the idiots at CBS seem unaware of the goldmine they have. Go figure.

  • 7idledays

    Wtf was the point of this article?

    • Clicks

    • NNextremNN

      To give an update about the current situation of the new series and to say it future looks bad.

    • Muninwing

      apparently only to annoy you

    • Lord Blacksteel

      I’m with you – what new thing happened to spark the “ejects its warp core” headline?

  • Billy Pate

    Should be called “Star Trek Illusion” the fairy tale stories!

  • Drpx

    Well darn, I was so going to subscribe to CBS’s Netflix knockoff just for this one show!

  • durendin

    the most important lesson that production companies can learn – SJW’s are a very small yet vocal minority with no spending power. literally less than 1% as ESPN is finding out. Secondly, the “enemy” which is white males is your market.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    The project was a giant rush job to begin with.

  • Greg Allen

    My take? A clickbate title with zero substantiation.

    • Chris Donawho

      I agree. This story offered no information we didnt already know.

      • OldHat

        And for those who didn’t know, now they do. No one made either of you click it. Jeez.

      • Muninwing

        yeah, i knew nothing of this. i’ve seen everything Trek before a certain point in time — but only because my brother was a huge fan i enjoy it like i enjoy football, where if it’s on i like it but i seek none of it out myself.

        so for me, this was informative.

        amazing what you can learn when you’re not egocentristic.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      My take?

      Take 1: Action!

  • Sorry, but this is nonsense. It is already widely known it is slated for Fall of 2017. Your info is old, brother.

    • trytoseeitmyway

      Fall of 2017. Just like May 2017. Just like January 2017. But you, you’ll believe anything.

      • I can’t say it won’t be pushed back again, but my point still stands that this article has old information.

  • trytoseeitmyway

    If I read that “I’ve been down to the set” quote one more time, I think I’ll puke.

  • JetpackJesus

    Some of the initial plans laid out by Fuller – like the show being focused on a female Starfleet captain – went to the wayside.

    This is completely inaccurate. Fuller never planned on having the show focus on a female Starfleet captain, something Star Trek has already done. His plan was to have the show’s lead be a female who was NOT a Starfleet captain, something Star Trek has never done. And that’s exactly what they’re doing with STD.

    • trytoseeitmyway

      Right. And that works because … Oh wait.

      • JetpackJesus

        I’m not sure how your comment is responsive to what I posted. We cannot know right now if STD “works” because it hasn’t aired yet. But we do know that the author’s quoted statement is 100% wrong.

        • euansmith

          That premise sounds cool. It always bugged me in previous series that the Captain would go on away missions instead of staying on the bridge where they should be. A series focusing on the Security Chief or Number Two or something could be a lot of fun.

          • JetpackJesus

            I agree. There’s no reason it can’t be good and at least a little different than what’s come before. Having a main POV character makes sense, but I do hope it remains an ensemble show.

        • dinodoc

          “We cannot know right now if STD “works”…”

          There’s medication now to stop STD from working.

        • Muninwing

          if your beef is with just the word “captain” then it’s not 100% wrong. it’s more like 4%.

          but oh, that 4%. it’s important.

          still not 100% though…

          • JetpackJesus

            I think I stated my beef pretty clearly. The statement says two things: (1) Fuller initially wanted the show to focus on a female Starfleet captain and (2) Fuller’s initial plan went to the wayside. Both are wrong.

            The original statement, read as a whole and in context, is completely wrong. The fact that it got Fuller’s name right or include the word female does not make it any less false.

          • Muninwing

            what i’m saying is that there’s a one-word difference between what was stated and what you claim is true… and the word is “captain” instead of “officer” or “non-captain” or “member”

            and yes, i know of the existence of Janeway.

            but i think you’re taking this a wee bit too personally and seriously if you’re this upset about a minor misconception.

            if he (Fuller) had intentions…
            if he intended to focus on a female character…
            if he had plans that were sidelined…

            then strictly speaking that’s a whole lot to undermine the 100% you claim.

            and yes, i was being pedantic and silly to undermine your insistence that this is so serious, when it’s pretty easy to understand.

          • JetpackJesus

            This isn’t a minor misconception, though. It’s a false statement the author specifically uses to support the general thesis that STD is in trouble or may fail. Let’s remove the word captain from the statement. Then we’re left with the following:

            Some of the initial plans laid out by Fuller – like the show being focused on a female – went to the wayside.

            Still 100% false.

  • eMtoN

    All of this sounds like they have budget/funding problem and don’t want to admit it. It might also mean that they are running into script issues. Either way I don’t expect this to actually air.

    • adamstom97

      The budget for the entire season is covered by a deal they made with Netflix to stream the series for the rest of the world, so money is not an issue.

  • Miles Geerhart

    I smell a big pile of crap. Enough said.

  • TheWanderingJewels

    Two words for all the Problems: Les Moonves

  • piglette

    It’s a total mess. If it ever even releases, I don’t have high expectations.

  • Robert Hynes

    I don’t know, just kinda hard to get excited about this one.

  • David Swanson

    I’m a HUGE Star Trek fan but not thrilled about this at all. Why, do another series in Star Trek past. Most star Trek fans love science. Future Star Trek after Voyager….new engine, faster travel, visit need galaxies, new amazing sci-fi tools etc. CBS WTF were you thinking???

    • could not agree more. I am so sick of the past stuff.

      • David Swanson

        We need to start a writing companion on CBS. Since CBS just doesn’t get what people actually love about Star Trek.

    • dinodoc

      I believe they are afraid of doing a series set post destruction of Romulus

    • OldHat

      Would be cool if they did a Kelvin Timeline TNG, imo. Gives us a whole new Star Trek to look at, but without going further into the future. Though that likely will never happen, as long as they plan on cranking out more nuTrek movies.

  • Brian Cooper

    Anyone saying “let’s just sell it to Netflix” yet?

  • bobrunnicles

    I’m always intrigued by the prospect of more Trek but I absolutely have no intention of subscribing to CBS All Access just for this one show. I have enough other things to watch without having to do that.

  • Robert

    Guess I’ll just have to wait. I’m totally ready to start pirating this once it’s available.

  • hooch

    Garbage article. No new info. Just a flimsy opinion.