Trekkies anticipating the new CBS original series Star Trek: Discovery will be able to whet their galactic appetites with BBC America’s upcoming uncut, digitally remastered marathon at the start of next month.
From September 8-11, the television giant is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the cult classic by airing all episodes of the 1966 series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Stargazers old and new unite under the cable network as they revisit Spock and Captain Kirk before they fly up into a brand new spinoff series.
CBS plans on premiering Discovery in January 2017. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the series takes place 10 years prior to the original series, exploring the crew and their new ship, the U.S.S. Discovery. The last time a Star Trek spinoff aired was in 2005 with the release of Star Trek: Enterprise, a show that lasted for four seasons and 98 episodes.
Discovery will have a 13-episode first season and takes place during the Prime timeline as to not cause discrepancy between future series, rather than the Kelvin timeline where the more well-known J.J. Abrams films take place.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fuller talked about how his Star Trek story will adapt to the times.
“We’re producing the show in 2016. We have to update the style of the effects, the style of the sets, the style of the makeup,” he said, adding that the show should ump the diversity of characters. “Absolutely we’re having a gay character. We’ve come a long way since then. I feel like actually gay rights have come a lot further in that time than race issues and women’s issues.”
According to the writers (Fuller and Kurtzman, Joe Menosky, Nicholas Meyer), the show will star a female lead who’ll play lieutenant commander of the title ship. The first season episodes will refer to her solely as “Number One,” and finally reveal her name by the end of the thirteenth episode.
Fuller discusses that Star Trek fans have already experienced the ship while living vicariously through the captain. He and Katzman made it a goal to switch up the perspective to offer viewers a fresh point of view, hopefully adding renewed insight into the mind of the audience.
“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,” Fuller said.
After the initial January broadcast of Discovery, the show will find a permanent home on the streaming service CBS All Access, which means Trekkie cord cutters will be able to also effortlessly relive adventures where no man has gone before.
“We think this is a pretty good bet for us to make to grow our subscriber base next year,” All Access President and COO of CBS Interactive Mark DeBevoise said. “The value is the depth and breath of the service that you can’t get anywhere else.”