Exciting News For Fans of Good Storytelling
We are pretty excited about this news. More excited than a Shirtpunch coupon coinciding with a Star Trek bundle. According to Variety.com, Bryan Fuller has been named the showrunner for the new Star Trek series. This has us excited for a number of reasons. For one, he’s a great TV writer, and he understands genre fiction very well. Secondly: he has written for Star Trek before.
The Great Writing of Bryan Fuller:
You may not know it, but your television viewing habits have been influenced by Fuller’s great writing over the past ten years. Remember in season 1 of Heroes when everyone thought it was one of the greatest shows of all time? Fuller was a part of that. He personally wrote “Company Man”, a heartbreaking tale where the Horn-Rimmed Glasses man has his memory erased of his daughter to protect her from his bosses. The episode was named by TVguide as one of the 100 greatest episodes of all time.
Different writers on tv shows will usually be the ‘voice’ of a particular character. In Fuller’s situation he was the voice of “Claire”, the invincible cheerleader. Many fans and critics felt that her character (one of the most popular on the show) failed to grow after season 1.
Fuller left after season 1 to launch “Pushing Daisies“. If you haven’t seen Pushing Daisies, you likely know someone who has and glares at you each time you say you haven’t seen it yet. While it was cancelled before it was ready to go, the show was a beautiful mixture of comedy and the macabre.
Next he created ‘Hannibal’, the other NBC show with low ratings that everyone loves and you likely haven’t seen either. Unfortunately the network isn’t sure how to market his creative talents to the mass audience…or his unconventional tastes aren’t for everyone.
Bryan Fuller’s Connection to Star Trek:
You may not know it, but Fuller has contributed to twenty-two scripts for Star Trek: DS9 and Star Trek: Voyager. Fuller was in his twenties and just getting started when he wrote for Star Trek. He’s always stated that he’s a huge science fiction fan. His favorite series are: Star Trek: TOS, DS9, Next Gen, and Voyager.
It’s a little weird, in our opinion, that he considers Voyager, the show he wrote the most for, to be his least favorite. But most Star Trek fans tend to have Voyager either last or second to last in their lists of favorite series. He was also just a fledgling writer at that time, and likely had little to zero influence over the direction of the series he was writing for.
He’s Been Clamoring For This Role For A While…
Fuller approached JJ Abrams soon after the success of the first Star Trek in 2009 about starting a new series. The problem then? The franchise had been carved up into two entities: Star Trek the movies (owned by Paramount) and Star Trek the TV shows (owned by CBS). The reasons have to do with a few corporate mergers in the early-2000’s that led to this.
Many thought a new show just wouldn’t happen for this very reason. But if Spiderman appearing in Marvel movies proves anything, it means corporations can get along if it means everyone gets to make a lot of money.
By the way, Fuller’s ideal captain? Angela Bassett.