Star Trek Discovery Trivia: 11 fun facts about the American television series!
The design of the USS Discovery bears a strong resemblance to the original concept design (by Ralph McQuarrie) of the refitted Enterprise for the canceled film Star Trek: Planet of the Titans (1970s). When that film was canceled, the design was also considered for the canceled television series “Star Trek: Phase II” (1978).
“Star Trek: Discovery” is the first “Star Trek” television series not made in the United States. The series is filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada.
As she passed away on December 18, 2008, this is the first “Star Trek” incarnation (including the animated series and the 2009-2016 film series) not to involve Majel Barrett.
This series takes place in the prime universe, not the alternate universe, also known as the “Kelvin Timeline”.
The main title theme’s very first musical note has the same pitch, length and spacing to the second note as the main title theme for Star Trek (1966). From there, it varies until almost the end where a small portion of Alexander Courage‘s original theme is duplicated.
Anthony Rapp‘s character (Paul Stamets) in Star Trek: Discovery is based on the top mycologist in the world, Paul Stamets. The real Paul Stamets has been seen on Ted Talk and can be found on YouTube.
The Starfleet vessels seen in the first season, including the Discovery, the Shenzou and the redesigned Enterprise, were all designed by production artist John Eaves. Eaves work with Star Trek spans three decades. Probably his most notable contribution was the design of the Enterprise-E for Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
The starship name and title were inspired by the fictional spacecraft Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and the real life NASA Space Shuttle Discovery. Producers also felt the name reflected what they called a “Sense of Discovery” relating to the overall Star Trek franchise.
In the cover story about Star Trek: Discovery that was published in the August 4, 2017, issue of Entertainment Weekly, journalist James Hibberd recounted a moment on the set when Jason Isaacs (as Captain Gabriel Lorca) ad-libbed the phrase “for God’s sakes!” as a new ending to a line. Kirsten Beyer, who wrote the episode, explained to Isaacs that he couldn’t insert “for God’s sakes” into his dialogue because one of the rules that Gene Roddenberry set for the universe he created states that in his vision of the future in which all “Star Trek” media is set, religion–and therefore all conceptions of “God”–no longer exist. Isaac’s sarcastic retort to Beyer was, “how about ‘for fuck’s sake’? Can I say that?” And Beyer’s response was, “You can say that before you can say ‘God.'” However, in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Karl Urban (as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy), expresses his frustration by swearing, “good God, man!” and “my God, man!” It also does not explain the twist at the ending of the original pilot Star Trek: Bread and Circuses (1968).
“Star Trek: Discovery” is the first of the six television series not to be produced by either “Desilu” or “Paramount.” It is also the first “Star Trek” television series to be produced by CBS following its re-acquisition of the rights to the series in 2006.
During production, this series filmed under the code name ‘Green Harvest’ and this title was printed on top of all call sheets. This is a reference to ‘Blue Harvest’, the code name used during production of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).”
This is the first time since Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) that a “Star Trek” television series premiered on a “big three” network. That series ran on NBC from 1973 to 1974.
This is the first “Star Trek” television series since Enterprise (2001) ended in 2005.
This is the first “Star Trek” television series to be told from the perspective of a Specialist.
The character Michael Burnham is Spock’s adopted sister.
This is the second “Star Trek” television series to feature a woman as the lead of the series, after Star Trek: Voyager (1995), where USS Voyager was commanded by Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew).
The first “Star Trek” series where the protagonist and top-billed actor is not the ship’s captain.
The first Star Trek series to not display its episode titles in the opening credits.
Has been picked up straight to series at CBS, premiering on the network fall 2017. The premiere and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. Star Trek marks the first science fiction series developed specifically for CBS All Access. On February 19, 2017, CBS launched “The Good Fight” as the first original television series developed specifically for CBS All Access.
The main character’s first name, “Michael”, is an unusual name for women. The name was suggested by former showrunner Bryan Fuller, who has a tradition of nontraditional names in his previous series (notably Pushing Daisies (2007) and Wonderfalls (2004)). According to producer Aaron Harberts, the name is also an homage to female columnist Michael Sneed and to Michael Steele of the Bangles. Another actress with the first name of Michael is Michael Learned, who is well-known from the long-running series, The Waltons (1972).
Creator Bryan Fuller voluntarily stepped down as showrunner in October 2016, citing his involvement with other projects as the main reason to take an executive producer role instead. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts took over with Fuller’s blessing.
Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber are the first openly gay characters to be featured in the “Star Trek” franchise. While there have been other characters hinted as being LGBT, such as the Mirror Universe Kira and Ezri in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)” and Sulu in “Star Trek Beyond (2016),” Stamets and Culber are the first unambiguously gay characters.
Because there are many vegans among the cast and crew, the studio catering is certified vegan, as are any props to be eaten or that could potentially be ingested by the actors.
Was originally rated TV-MA. The rating has since been switched to TV-14
Star Trek: Discovery is an upcoming American television series created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS All Access.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about it!
1. It is the first series developed specifically for that service, and the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005.
2. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, separate from the timeline of the concurrent feature films, Discovery explores a previously mentioned event from the history of Star Trek while following the crew of the USS Discovery. Gretchen J.
3. Berg and Aaron Harberts serve as showrunners on the series, with producing support from Akiva Goldsman.
4. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, the first officer of the USS Shenzhou.
5. The new series was announced in November 2015, and Fuller joined as showrunner the next February. In addition to Fuller and Kurtzman, who wrote for previous Star Trek series and films, respectively, the crew includes several other previous Star Trek creatives.
6. The production put emphasis on carrying on the legacy of the previous series, including making efforts to feature a diverse cast.
7. In October 2016, Fuller stepped back from showrunner due to other commitments, after establishing the series’ mythology and broad story arc. Berg and Harberts took over day-to-day production, and Goldsman joined as support.
8. Discovery is filming in Toronto, and has filmed on location in Jordan.
9. Star Trek: Discovery is set to debut on CBS on September 24, 2017, with a two-part premiere.
10. Those episodes will then be made available on All Access, followed by the rest of the 15-episode first season over subsequent weeks.
11. The season is split into two chapters, with the first chapter finishing in November 2017, and the second chapter beginning in January 2018.