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Star Trek: Discovery will be breaking some new ground when it debuts near the end of September. We already know that the show will feature a new take on the Klingon race, more complex interpersonal relationships between crew members and the first openly gay character in the history of the series. And, unlike most of the previous Star Trek series, this show will be heavily serialized, as opposed to relying largely on episodic storytelling. Now, we have a good idea why that is. Co-executive producer Heather Kadin spoke out recently about the change.
Heather Kadin spoke about this new direction for Star Trek: Discovery during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in mid-July, which our own Conner Schwerdtfeger attended. It sounds like the desire to have deeper and more personal stories for those in the crew of the Discovery helped everyone behind the show decide to step away from episodic stories and commit to a serialized story structure for the latest entry in Trek's TV history. The emotional nature of the stories they plan to tell will simply be better served with serialized storytelling.
Star Trek: Discovery will focus on First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as the show delves into an event in Trek lore that's been mentioned before but never shown on screen. The cast also features, among others, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, James Frain and Rainn Wilson. There will also be several Klingons on the show, as Starfleet and the Federation will be in the middle of a bit of a cold war with the alien warrior race. During a press conference at SDCC, where CinemaBlend's own Dirk Libbey was present, Wilson spoke about how tensions with the Klingons will impact the storytelling.
Seeing as how this war will up the stakes considerably as far as conflicts go on Discovery, it's likely that this darker tone is another reason that serialized stories felt like a better fit for the show. After all, for the audience to take this struggle seriously, we'll need to see how everyone deals with the results on a regular basis. And, as Rainn Wilson said, it wouldn't seem right for there to be a lot of stand-alone episodes that are more loosey goosey than the situation at hand should really warrant.
Well, after a few years of waiting, we can finally check out Star Trek: Discovery for ourselves when it hits CBS All Access on September 24. To see what you can catch this summer, be sure to check out our guide, and be sure to bookmark our fall premiere guide to keep up with all your returning favorites and new shows.