Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Michael Burnham, is responding to criticism the show has received from Classic Star Trek fans.
Star Trek: Discovery frontman Sonequa Martin-Green responded to criticism from star trek Fans. Early 2017 with Discovery, CBS tapped writer-producer Alex Kurtzman to revitalize the future of the long-running sci-fi franchise on television. Next Discovery premiere, CBS presented Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Prodigyand his latest series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, with at least two new shows planned for the near future. In 2018, Kurtzman signed a five-year contract to focus on the franchise, until 2026.
Discovery follows Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as she leads the crew of the USS Discovery on adventures through space and time. Although critics have generally praised the show (86% reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), the traditional star trek fans were unhappy with the direction and tone of the series (36% viewership on Rotten Tomatoes). Star Trek: DiscoveryThe more serialized storytelling and emphasis on emotional, character-driven story arcs has led fans to argue that the show strays too far from what made the franchise great.
In an interview with Radio schedulesMartin-Green responded to criticism from star trek fans about Discovery. The actor understands that his series is “very different from other iterations” of star trek and acknowledges that the criticisms from the loyal fan base are valid. But she also explains that the show will not change and that she is proud of what they have achieved. Read what Martin-Green had to say about the review below.
The franchise fanbase as a whole and the Discovery fanbase in particular is a very intellectual and loyal crowd. They are very smart people who have such a depth of passion, heart and loyalty to the franchise, that they therefore own it; they carried it with them for years and it meant a lot to them.
So because of that, their voices deserve to be heard and we value their voices, even if they disagree with us. Even if they criticize, it’s like, ‘I get where you’re coming from – it’s because it means a lot to you.’
Martin-Green understands where the complaints are coming from, acknowledging longtime fans’ deep connection to the material. But the actor also explains that Discovery made perfect sense, adding: “It was hard for us to be different, but I think we really found each other, and I think our fan base also really found their relationship with us at this point..” She admits she understands where the fans are coming from but also wants to continue with what has made Discovery stand out and cultivate their core fan base in the first place. Martin-Green continues:I understand. I hear you. But maybe you will change your mind. And if not, then you’re cleared – it’s ok.”
Discovery may have initially struggled to find its place within the multi-generational franchise, especially with its legions of longtime fans who grew up on various versions of the series dating back to the 1960s. However, the show threw the foundations for several new entries which have been better received. Lower decks and Prodigythe franchise’s first animated projects since Star Trek: The Animated Series, had a relatively good reception from fans. However, Strange new worlds received near-universal praise for its episodic storytelling that listens to the classic star trek structure and its powerful character-driven elements resembling Discovery model. Maybe without StarTrek: Discovery leading the way, with the creators using fan feedback to guide their creative decision-making, these later shows wouldn’t have been as successful as they did.
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