While we’re all waiting patiently for the return of Star Trek to the small screen, we’re keeping our ears peeled for every nugget of info we can… and we have a great piece today.
Chatting about the new show Showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed who will be the lead character in the show and show won’t be a Captain, but rather a character known as Number One.
Now, many may recall that Riker in Star trek: The Next Genreation was often called Number One, however, hardcore fans may recall that in The Original Series Pilot the was a character played by Gene Roddenberry’s wife Majel Barrett Rodenberry (below) and she was called Number One.
Given that the new series will be set ten years before the ToS period, we reckon this could well be who we see in the show, although obviously played by a new actress as Roddenberry passed away in 2008.
Fuller said the main protagonist will be a female officer aboard the ship and, adding to the mystery: Since the original “Number One” served under Captain Christopher Pike about 100 years before the events of the rest of the original series, that would make her well over a century old by Star Trek Discovery’s time. Also, Fuller mentions in the interview that the character’s real name will be one of the driving mysteries of the show’s first season, implying that she may be related to someone else. In any case, at least we know who we’re rooting for when the series begins.
A few other interesting bits:
– Season one airs in January and will and will have thirteen episodes (the shortest live-action season of Star Trek ever produced).
– Fuller and Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriter Alex Kurtzman wrote the first hour, the second hour was scripted by Nicholas Meyer who penned Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, so real quality in there.
– Writing team Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, who worked with Fuller on Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisieswill also have writingduties.
– Fuller said: “it [the story] could take place in either Prime or Kelvin so the timeline was relatively inconsequential. But there was the cleanliness of keeping our series independent of the films. That way we don’t have to track anything [happening in the movie universe] and they don’t have to track what we’re doing. And you can have two distinct universes – one where Sulu is straight and one where Sulu is gay.”
This is one show to get excited for in 2017… we can’t wait for our journey of Discovery.