Last summer the new Star Trek: Discovery spinoff was due to premiere in the fall. Fast forward to February 2017 and we are still waiting.
When The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green was tapped to be the lead on the new Star Trek television series, Star Trek: Discovery, it was great news. She’s a fantastic actress and she’ll no doubt do a fantastic job. However, she was cast in December 2016, which makes it hard to understand how we could have had a premiere episode in September 2016 and the rest of the series on CBS All Access in January 2017 as promised if there was no cast on the project.
I don’t want to say that Star Trek: Discovery has been cursed, but it is really starting to feel that way. The show was delayed a few times, citing the desire to ensure that the effects could be done to the level producers wanted. Then Executive Producer Bryan Fuller bowed out because of a busy schedule. Fuller was a driving force for the show, so his exit was a bit alarming.
Now we learn that the show might air this fall, which would be great, but given that the show is only airing on the CBS streaming service, CBS All Access, after a debut on CBS, will fans follow the shows over to the streaming site and continue watching?
Production delays are one thing, but when you’re still casting the show in February 2017 it would be better to come out and say that there was never a plan to air sooner. Let’s start over. Maybe aim for a January 2018 debut, and make everything perfect. Trust me, Star Trek fans have been waiting a long time for this. We can wait a little longer.