Star Trek: Discovery, the first new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise went off the air in 2005, is heading to San Diego Comic-Con 2017. The show was first announced back in November of 2015, as the anchor series of CBS’ All Access streaming service, as well as the first show developed directly for it. Discovery has been delayed various times since then, with showrunner Bryan Fuller arriving and then departing - and the show, once set for January, is now scheduled to debut this fall.
With the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery’s 15-episode first season now set for September 24, the countdown is on, with word starting to get out about the show's plot and how it will begin. And now, we know when we’ll be hearing a lot more about the upcoming Trek series, soon.
Star Trek: Discovery will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con. The show’s official Twitter account revealed Wednesday that a panel will take place in Ballroom 20 on Saturday, July 22, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. “Cast and creatives” will take part in the 45-minute panel, according to the tweet, which also includes a 15-second video teaser featuring the familiar Star Trek fanfare as well as the Starfleet logo:
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) June 29, 2017
There’s no word yet on who exactly will be participating in the panel. Comic-Con 2016 featured a wide variety of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s debut, including a Bryan Fuller-moderated panel and the premiere of last year's Star Trek Beyond. 2015 was quieter for Star Trek events (though William Shatner attended), while the 2014 version of the event featured a Star Trek orchestral concert.
So, how excited should fans of the Trek mythos be about Star Trek: Discovery? The Discovery delays are somewhat concerning, as is the personnel turmoil, and there’s always a question about whether the show can thrive on an obscure streaming service that likely isn’t subscribed to by most Trek fans.
On the other hand, the series has assembled a large, well-credentialed creative team, including Akiva Goldsman, Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry, and showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts. On top of that, two of the signature directors of the Trek movies, Nicholas Meyer and Jonathan Frakes, are onboard to direct episodes. The cast, including lead Sonequa Martin-Green along with Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Wilson and Jason Isaacs, is pretty strong as well.
Star Trek: Discovery debuts September 24, 2017, on CBS, with the remainder of the first season streaming on CBS: All Access. The Comic-Con panel is at 2:30 p.m. on July 22, 2017.