7. The Captain Will Be A Supporting Character

Discovery will be the first Star Trek series, or film, where the captain of the ship is a supporting character.

“The story that is fascinating for me is we’ve seen six series now from captains’ points of view,” Fuller said. “To see a character from a different perspective on a starship who has a different dynamic relationship with the captain, with subordinates, felt like it would give us richer context to have different types of stories. It is ensemble, but we do have that main female protagonist.”

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8. Some Classic Trek Characters Could Appear

Because the timeline is within a decade of The Original Series, Fuller is open to including some versions of classic Trek characters, although maybe not in the first season of Discovery.

“I think the first season we’re going to be keeping to our own universe in terms of the characters we’re creating,” Fuller said. “The story is very tightly wound as it is, so there’s not a lot of room to encounter some of the established characters this season. Since we are in that timeframe moving forward, that is always a toy I want to see when I open up the toy box. It is absolutely within the possibilities of our universe. We just haven’t planned on that yet because we’re digging the characters we came up with.”

When asked about Amanda Gracen, Spock’s mother played by Winona Ryder in 2009’s Star Trek, Fuller said a playful,

“Maaaaybe. I love that character. I loved Winona Ryder’s portrayal of her. It’s a great character. It would be fun in some iteration of this show to incorporate her and her storyline. She’s not a central part of the show but we love that character.”

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9. The USS Discovery Design Looks Different Than The Comic Con Teaser

As soon as Fuller revealed the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 at San Diego Comic-Con, fans have speculated about its new design. Fuller said that was an early concept and it has already changed significantly in the past month.

“One of the touchstones for the inspiration was we were looking at what is going to be the feel and aesthetic of a new Star Trek series,” Fuller said. “J.J. Abrams really launched a fantastic reimagining of what Star Trek could be in that Kelvin timeline. We were looking to have something distinct about what our Star Trek was going to look at, we looked back. There was an abandoned Star Trek series in the ‘70s, actually for a movie. Ralph McQuarrie had done some wonderful illustrations. We saw harder lines of a ship and started talking about race cars and Lamborghinis in the ‘70s and James Bond cars. Everyone got a glimpse of what the ship looked like as a work in progress. So much has already changed.”

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10. The Show Will Be One Big Serialized Story

Previous Star Trek series produced upwards of 22 episodes per season, usually standalone missions of the week save the occasional two-parter. With only 13 episodes per season and a serialized storyline, Fuller described Discovery as more of a Star Trek novel.

“It’s really telling it as though it’s a novel with each episode being a chapter of that novel,” Fuller said. “Within that chapter is a beginning, middle and end to that section of the story. We will have episodes that exist by themselves but are a piece of a much bigger story.”

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11. The Show Will Have Less Limitations Than It Did On Network Television

On CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery will not be limited in terms of violence, language, and sexuality the way broadcast networks are. Fuller doesn’t plan to make an R-rated Star Trek just because he can though.

“We’re gonna have a broader spectrum to explore those issues but it is still Star Trek,” Fuller said. “We are not subject to broadcast standards and practices, but Hannibal was and we got away with murder. There’ll probably be slightly more graphic content. We discuss every day about language and what’s appropriate and how far should we go? Is it appropriate to see a bridge blow up and have somebody say ‘oh sh*t’ or something stronger than that? We have to feel our way through it. I imagine we’re going to shoot scenes a couple of ways and figure out what feels authentic when we’re in the editing room.”

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere January 2017 on CBS All Access.

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