While news of the newest Star Trek show being created specifically for CBS All Access and intended to debut in 2017 has been warmly accepted by Trek fans throughout the galaxy, small tidbits of information are being released here and there.
What is known for certain is that Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman are at the helm of this new Trek show, with Fuller just recently announcing that Trek writing alum, Nicholas Meyer has just been brought on board to help write the new series. But what is still uncertain is what futuristic time period in the Trek timeline will be utilized as a back drop for the new show’s story line.
It also seems that at least one veteran Star trek actor, Tony Todd, is being considered for the show, while unconfirmed rumors also point to the federation star ship USS Reliant being the main setting for the show, with the very talented Angela Bassett on the wish list to sit in the captain’s chair along with Rosario Dawson acting as the ship’s first officer.
However, the latter unconfirmed rumor seemed to be based on off-the-cuff remarks made by Bryan Fuller way back in 2013 in connection with the launch of Hannibal, which he was working on. So logically it would seem that seeing Captain Bassett on the helm of a federation star ship might in fact be wishful thinking, but only time it seems will tell.
Likewise having the USS Reliant at the center of the new Star Trek series, might be the stuff of dreams as this comment was likewise something akin to thinking out loud rather than some kind of futuristic Easter egg as Fuller said this within the same context of the Bassett/Dawson comment a full three years before any new Trek show was ever announced. However, with the recent addition of Meyer to the writing team, the question becomes just a tad more valid as Meyer in fact was one of the primary writers of Star Trek II, Wrath of Khan.
Still though, the USS Reliant has proven itself to be an interesting ship in what is considered by many to be one of the best Trek films ever made. But what are the chances that the producers of the new Trek series will go to an already established story line, rather than boldly visiting strange new worlds in a vision of Star Trek not previously seen!?
The speculation however that Tony Todd is on the short list to be considered for a role on the new Trek series is much more credible as it came directly from the actors mouth when he recently spoke with the Mortis horror-themed podcast. In the interview Todd also indicated that any announcements on the show’s cast would be at least a year away.
The only real light from anything official seems to be Fuller’s own personal thoughts and feelings on Star Trek, “My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”
What seems apparent is Fuller’s zest, zeal and love of all things Trek and this alone should give Star trek fans relief in that they can be certain that with a Trek fan at the helm, at least we can count on a coherent vision and desire to be true to those Roddenberry-like aspects that seem to make Star Trek great when it is done right.
So Trek fans simply need to hang in there, hope for the best and wait on more substantial news to come their way over sub space in the coming months, with a big, “Make it so Bryan!”