When CBS presented Bryan Fuller as a showrunner for the upcoming Star Trek series Discovery, a lot of people - including me - was very hopeful about the series. Fuller who is a long time Star Trek fan and worked on Voyager and Deep Space Nine has the insider knowledge of the show that can be a guaranteed for the overall success. We talking about the most beloved TV franchise after all. :)
I don't really want to make conspiracy theories on the subject, but the "bittersweet" departure from the show could mean a few things. Maybe he knew something behind the curtains that could alter the course of the series? Maybe he's been pushed for making something that CBS wanted and he didn't agree with? He said in an interview lately:
"It is bittersweet – but it was just a situation that couldn’t be resolved otherwise…so I had to step away. [...] I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek."
Somehow for me this feels a bit wrong... It looks like they wanted him to do something that he just couldn't live with. I'm sure his idea was to stay with Star Trek as he said "...getting to the heart of what the important themes were to me as a Star Trek fan..." I can't believe he wanted to step away from this opportunity to make his idea about the show and continuing - or in this case filling the gaps - in Roddenberry's legacy. "It's bittersweet," so I can only assume he is happy and sad at the same time. Happy, as working on Discovery is literally a dream come true for a fan, but sad because the production company wanted to do something with it that he just didn't want to do. I'm sure he was fighting a lot with CBS to get the right material for the show. But if they weren't be able to solve those "problems," his mission to make a good show is failed over CBS.
A lot of fan criticised the decision pushing the series debut from January to May 2017, but this also a bit suspicious now. The reason for them pushing it away was to get more time to deliver a good show. I was absolutely understanding. A few months after 12 years doesn't really make a big difference, and waiting for something special is always worth it. :) It's kind of obvious now as CBS had different ideas about the production... now with him leaving we will see actually how they will proceed. On a last remark he said:
"They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them."
For me this is just a proof he didn't want to leave the show and he's still willing to work with the creative group if they will need him. Like he knew the show will go to a direction that fans would not like and if the reception for the series won't be as good as they hope, he's there to save the ship. It's certainly a turning point in the life of the series that can alter its future...
Keeping it simple...
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