The new Star Trek series has fans overjoyed: finally, after 10 years off the air, Trek will boldly go back to TV. We don't know much about the plot, other than the fact that will probably be set in the Prime Timeline. The news came out a few days ago that Bryan Fuller will be the one to helm the show. Honestly, this was the best possible outcome, and here's why you should be totally excited about this choice!
Bryan Fuller Loves Star Trek
Bryan Fuller's TV first writing gig was actually for Deep Space Nine: he provided the story for the episodes Empok Nor and The Darkness And The Light.
Fuller went on to work on Voyager for several years, penning 22 episodes himself. So far so good: Fuller's first foray into TV writing was on Star Trek itself. He's a huge fan of the show, as he explained in the showrunner press release.
"My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire."
Because of his love for Star Trek, Bryan Fuller has actually been pushing to run a new series since Enterprise was cancelled back in 2005.
Before JJ Abrams' 2010 was greenlit, Fuller and CBS were in talks to go ahead with a new show instead. Thanks to this, Fuller already has a concept of what he wants to do with the story, and it's pretty much perfect...
60s Style Fun With Edgy Plots
Bryan Fuller is best known for the critically acclaimed Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal. Fuller's style is interesting and offbeat: he blends whimsy with the macabre, and his characters are atypical and engaging. This is absolutely perfect for Star Trek. The Original Series was campy and fun, with plenty of chase scenes set to dramatic incidental music. The Next Generation was more thoughtful, Deep Space Nine was darker, and so on. Of course all the shows have one thing in common: they're all very clever, challenging the viewers to see past their preconceptions.
The new show has to combine this thoughtfulness with the sense of adventure which is essential to Star Trek. And there's definitely a risk that the series will veer into the dark and gritty style with permeates the genre today. However, Bryan Fuller's concept harkens back to the fun of The Original Series, or so he told iF Magazine in 2009...
"I told CBS... I want to create another Star Trek series and have an idea that I'm kicking around. I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colors and attitude. I loved Voyager and Deep Space Nine, but they seem to have lost the '60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin."
If Fuller's work on Pushing Daisies proves nothing else, it's that he can blend nostalgic, brightly coloured adventure with poignant plots. Which is definitely what we want from Star Trek.
As much as the new show should look back to what made Trek great, it must also forge ahead. And Fuller already has plans on how to boldly go where no Trek has gone before...
Capt. Angela Bassett & First Officer Rosario Dawson
Star Trek is known for its diverse casts and progressive social commentary. Yet to date there has only been one person of colour as the show's captain (Sisko, DS9) and one female captain (Janeway, VOY). In 2013, Bryan Fuller commented to DenOfGeek that he would like to change this, and his casting choices couldn't be more awesome.
"I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told."
Although Fuller said this several years ago, it's something people really want to see, and the Twittersphere has already picked up on it!
Considering Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson are both very busy actresses, it seems unlikely that we'll actually get to see this version of Star Trek come to pass. But the sentiment is still there, and it's possible that the 2017 Star Trek show will be a new triumph for representation.
All in all, Bryan Fuller is the perfect choice to helm the new Star Trek show: he's a fan of the franchise, he's wanted to run the show for years, and his style is perfect. And of course, there's the fact that the press release praised Fuller's "encyclopedic knowledge of Trek", which is a reference to Futurama... referencing Star Trek.
So if nothing else, we know that these people are as nerdy as we are.
We might have a year to wait until we finally see this happen, but until then we can look back at the best moments from Fuller's other shows, and revel in the fact that the new Star Trek is going to be awesome.