Star Trek: Discovery To Respect Canon
One of the strongest criticisms of Paramount Pictures' big budget Star Trek reboot masterminded by JJ Abrams has been that Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016) have played fast and loose with the established facts of the Gene Roddenberry franchise. In fact, I think it was JJ Abrams who has publicly admitted that he was never a fan of the space saga set in the twenty-third century, and it was his intention to "boldly go" wherever he wanted to go with these characters. I do know that both Kurtzman and screenwriter Roberto Orci have gone on record with their open disdain for Star Trek's most loyal fans, essentially thumbing their nose at the very people who helped make the starship Enterprise the institution it once was and remains today.
In any event, Kurtzman was one of the creative crew who long insisted that popular British actor Benedict Cumberbatch would not be appearing as 'Khan' in Star Trek Into Darkness -- a bold-faced lie if there ever were one -- so I'm not encouraging anyone to take the producer at his word. My suspicion here is that Discovery possibly isn't polling well online or some such phenomenon -- loyalists are upset at having to subscribe to CBS All Access in order to experience this next incarnation of their franchise (as well they should be) -- so studio suits are trying to create a buzz the only way they know how: telling half-truths to dupe fans they've already dismissed a 'rubes.'
If that sounds a bit cynical on my part, then so be it. I've already said that because of CBS's insistence on taking Star Trek only into the realm of streaming and for-pay viewing that this is probably the only series in Trek's pantheon I won't be watching as it unfolds: once it releases on home video or the like I'll check it out for posterity's sake. Still, I'm finding it hard to get excited about it as it all looks like so much more of the same ... despite Kurtzman's insistence that it isn't.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!