One of the core tenets of the myriad versions of Star Trek over the last 50 years has been peaceful conflict resolution and examining why people – and various alien species – battle over differences instead of celebrating commonalities.
Which is why Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, two of the executive producers on Star Trek: Discovery (available on Netflix) think now is the perfect time for the return of a weekly dose of the humanist space fable.
“We had out first meeting with Michelle Yeoh (Capt. Georgiou) on election day and we were both wearing our ‘I voted’ stickers,” recalls Harberts. “She said, ‘What do you think is going to happen?’ At that point, we didn’t really know, but we were obviously seeing sentiments during the entire election that did make us (ask), ‘Do we (even) have to look much further than our own backyard to start thinking about themes, to start thinking about conflicts, to start thinking about ideologies that are in dire opposition to each other?’ (The campaign) certainly provided us with a pretty dynamic and provocative backdrop.”
“Of course, we would prefer the world to be in a more peaceful, less fraught place, but it certainly is giving us plenty of inspiration, for lack of a better word, in the writers room,” says Berg who with Harberts has previously worked on everything from the soapy Revenge to the quirky Pushing Daisies with original Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller.
After Fuller’s departure – to focus on American Gods on Starz – the duo, along with fellow executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman, hoped to create something in the 15-episode first season that will entice both fans of the previous series and newcomers to a franchise that, in some families, has been handed down as a viewing tradition.
“It’s an heirloom that’s shared from mother to child or older brother to younger sister,” says Harberts. “I think that’s one of the reasons for its longevity.”
In other words, they hope that Discovery will keep the Star Trek TV brand living long and prospering. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service