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Lots of new details emerge about Star Trek: Discovery

So far we've had a series title, a teaser image and our first glimpse at the new ship, but now Bryan Fuller, the showrunner of the new Star Trek TV series Star Trek: Discovery, has released lots of new information at a Television Critics Association panel presentation for CBS.

The new show will be set in the prime universe 10 year prior to the five-year mission of James T Kirk and the USS Enterprise, as witnessed in the original TV series. Fuller ruled out previously rumoured stories focusing on the Earth / Romulan war, Section 31 or the Kobayashi Maru. Though Fuller did acknowledge that he had a very good reason for the setting...

"“There’s an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deep into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself.” - CBS


The lead character will not be the ship's captain, but an as of yet uncast female lieutenant commander.

""We're going deep into something that was for me always very tantalizing, and [we're telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself."- CBS


He added that the show, which will feature roughly seven lead characters will be the first Star Trek series not to be seen through the eyes of the ship's commanding officer.

"We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship — one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.” - CBS


On the discussions over whether Star Trek: Discovery would be the first to feature a gay character Fuller responded "absolutely", adding that the show would also feature numerous aliens and a robot.

"Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast: a Russian, a black woman, an Asian, a Vulcan … we're continuing that tradition and our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who is the best actor and what can we say about diversity in every role we'll have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Star Fleet that's indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are."- CBS


Are you excited for Star Trek: Discovery? The decision to make another 'prequel' season has certainly concerned some fans, though the serialised nature of the show over 13 episodes and the 'prime universe' setting are sure to put to rest some concerns that this would follow the Kelvin timeline explored in the recent three movies.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in January 2017 on CBS and on Netflix here in the UK, less than 24 hours after the US broadcast...