If you’re anything like me then you’ve been waiting very impatiently for CBS to release Star Trek: Discovery so you can not watch it until its all out and that way only have to pay for one month of CBS’s stupid streaming service. We’re all going to have to wait a little longer now as CBS has announced they’ll be delaying the release of the show from January 2017 to May.
The delay comes as showrunner Bryan Fuller asked for more time to make it better, especially in the realm of special effects.
“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
It’s easy to think that this may hint at some behind the scenes drama that has caused CBS to spook a bit, but in this case that’s probably not what is going on. This is the marquee show for CBS’s streaming platform and they’re going to want to be good so that people actually pay them to watch it. As you can tell I’m hardly excited about the prospect and I’m a massive Star Trek fan.
Still, I’m glad they’re doing this so that the quality will be there. It’s interesting to note that if this were a traditional television show scheduled to broadcast the likelihood of the creative team delaying release would be pretty low. Streaming definitely gives CBS a bit more wiggle room.