The cast and producers of “Star Trek: Discovery” met with journalists attending the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Tuesday. The latest chapter of the beloved sci-fis franchise is set to premiere in September — nine months after it was originally scheduled to debut on the CBS All Access streamlining site.
Here are five things we learned during the panel session:
1.The postponement was necessary to go epic: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman defended the long delay, insisting that the extra months were needed to accommodate large-scale ambitions.
“In order to justify being on a premium service, it had to be huge. I don’t just mean huge in terms of scope, but huge in terms of story and character,” Kurtzman said. “It became clearer and clearer that the world was massive, and an airdate was looming.”
2. New-look Klingons: The Klingons in “Star Trek: Discovery” have been redesigned to be “sexy and vital and different.” Why? Because departed showrunner Bryan Fuller wanted a different look.
“One of things that he wanted to do was shake up the design of the Klingons,” co-executive producer Aaron Harberts said. ‘There were discussions that got deep into their biology and sculpture.”
3. A woman named Michael: It was also apparently Fuller’s idea to give a male name to the lead character played by Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”). She plays First Officer Michael Burnham.
“I appreciated the statement it makes on it’s own — a woman to have a male name,” Martin-Green said.
4. History in the making: Martin-Green is clearly thrilled to be the first minority…
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