Star Trek: Discovery has been different than the iterations of Trek to come before it, in ways both delightful and infuriating. But the second season might be playing with at least a few more elements from the traditional Star Trek toybox.
This weekend is the annual Television Critic’s Association’s winter press tour, which means lots of talk about the future of our favorite TV shows. Yesterday, our sister site The AV Club was able to get some face time with the show’s executive producers, who teased some interesting things for the future. I don’t want to cover the whole interview—you should definitely read it here, but they did hint at one thing that we are very interested in here at io9: more classic Star Trek ideas.
“This year, we have a fantastic creative team in place, everybody knows each othert. But we also have more time this year—we have time to do things like more away missions, newer planets. These are stories that might fall a little bit more into a framework of allegory that people love to get from Trek. But we will always continue to have that overarching serialized thread,” said EP Aaron Harberts. He even teased plot threads with a conflict between science and faith, the exact sort of high-concept affair that old Trek was all about.
Part of the controversy around Discovery, on io9 and elsewhere, has been due to the sense that some of the old values and ideas that made Star Trek so exciting for so many of us haven’t really found a place in the new show. The proposition that the current team is at least interested in exploring some of those tropes, even within a more serialized modern-TV framework, is sure to be exciting for a lot of us.
What do you think? Is this a good move for Discovery? What do you want to see out of season two?