January 9, 2019
LAS VEGAS — “Terrifying” — that’s how Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of “Star Trek: Discovery” described launching on the SVOD platform CBS All Access.
Kurtzman spoke Jan. 9 during the Variety Entertainment Summit at CES in Las Vegas.
“There’s always concern that the fans will revolt,” he said. And “Star Trek” fans are notoriously engaged.
“What was really clear was if we’re going to ask people to pay $10 a month we’re going to have to deliver an experience that they can’t get on traditional television,” Kurtzman said.
The first season famously sported some Klingon nudity and the first F-bomb in the series.
“It’s all tone,” he said, and being careful to not be “disrespectful of ‘Trek.’” The F-bomb, for instance, was delivered in reference to a scientific concern, he said.
“I think that the line now between movies and television is essentially over,” he said, noting “Discovery” is basically a long movie.
“The thing I love about TV is you can spend time getting into the details of the characters lives,” he said.
To that end, in the second season, the series will explore the relationship between Spock and his adoptive sister. It will be about “family [including the work family] working together to solve this mystery,” he said.
Taking into account some of the fan concerns about the dark theme of the first season, the second will include more humor, he said.
It also will address a burning question for some fans about the first season: Why do the Klingons have no hair?
Season two reveals that “in a time of war, Klingons shave all their body hair,” he said.
More “Trek” series are in the works, including an animated show from “Rick and Morty” exec producer Mike McMahan about the lower deck employees and a series with Patrick Stewart returning as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. It took some convincing, but Stewart eventually agreed to revisit the character.
“Sometimes you meet your heroes and they are as wonderful as you want them to be,” Kurtzman said of Stewart.