In a shocking turn of events for fans of the extraordinary series, Star Trek Discovery (STD) is said to potentially delay the highly anticipated season two until 2019.
Millions of fans applauded the critically acclaimed series, pushing heavily towards a plot line that had both twists in turns through the first season having fans sliding on the edges of their seats awaiting the next narrative.
Producer Alex Kurtzman recently said that he expected it to take some time before the next season would be finished with production, “Ideally, on the early side of 2019.”
Kurtzman added, “There have been preliminary conversations about when and how [a second season would air] and we’ve been very consistent in our message, which is that rather than announce a date and have to push again, let’s take into consideration everything we’ve learned from this season. Now we know what we can do and where the sand traps are, so let’s give ourselves ample time to announce a date that makes sense to everybody; both the needs of production and CBS. Breaking story is, in some ways, the easier and faster thing; it’s the ability to execute on it that’s much harder. We want to take the right amount of time and don’t want to rush.”
Other fans are angry with CBS and the production team over this move, saying that it's an intentional ploy to stretch out the subscriptions of CBS streaming services “All Access”, which rolled out with lower numbers than experts predicted.
“In order to justify being on a premium service, it had to be huge,” Kurtzman said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. He added that when he and fellow EP Bryan Fuller realized that upcoming demands from the new production would require the premiere of the show to be delayed, so they approached CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.
“He was 100% supportive,” Kurtzman said. “He totally got it. So we set about building this massive show.”
"Star Trek: Discovery" stars Sonequa Martin-Green of "The Walking Dead," as central character, First Officer Michael Burnham. She's the foster daughter of the Vulcan Sarek, who is Spock's father.
"We are telling a story that we believe in. Everyone is so passionate. The craftsmanship here in our entire company, behind the camera and in front of the camera, is nothing short of stellar," said Green.
What remains to be seen is if fans of the series will be willing to extend their subscriptions to the steaming service in order to watch the show; or if they'll instead turn to other platforms to avoid the wait.
The new age of instant streaming has long since been upon us and it seems as if the networks may indeed be slow to react.