Why There's No Competition Between
Star Trek: Discovery
and Strange
New Worlds
By JEREMY MATHAI
Movies - TV
The "Star Trek" franchise is no stranger to multiple shows airing concurrently, and certain members of the fandom took sides when "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" overlapped. Now we have "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Strange New Worlds," both of which similarly represent a "Modern vs traditional" dichotomy, and the latter has enjoyed quite a bit of acclaim at the former's expense.
“Discovery” producer Michelle Paradise says, “There's absolutely no competition at all. And one of the things to Alex [Kurtzman]'s credit that he has said from the beginning is that each of these shows needs to occupy its own space within the larger universe, because you don't want two shows that feel very, very similar. So ‘Discovery’ and ‘Strange New Worlds,’ for example, feel very different.”
Also of note, the showrunners regularly get together and workshop their stories to help maintain the continuity in the greater "Star Trek" universe and avoid any conflict. Given that this property is commonly defined by the strength of unity and cooperation, these sorts of behind-the-scenes stories feel as quintessentially "Trek" as it gets.