Season three of Star Trek Discovery wrapped up last month, and science fiction fans have found the latest instalment surprisingly timely against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and other events in 2020. With more still to come on CBS, the showrunners have shared their story behind choosing Gene Roddenberry’s touching quote to sign off the season finale.
Star Trek Discovery’s latest episode not only concluded the third season, but finally made a captain out of the show’s lead, Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green).
As a franchise, Star Trek has always strived to include positive messages of teamwork and inclusivity in the face of overwhelming odds.
This season was no different, and fans found the latest voyages of the USS Discovery to be extra pertinent during the lonelier months of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Once they reached the end of the finale, ‘That Hope Is You, Part 2’, viewers were rewarded with a touching quote from Gene Roddenberry, who launched the original Star Trek series in 1966.
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It reads: “In a very real sense, we are all aliens on a strange planet. We spend most of our lives trying to reach out and communicate.
“If during our lifetime we could reach out and really communicate with just two people, we are indeed very fortunate.”
With billions of people around the world still under various lockdown measures, the show’s message of communication for fans watching at home who may not have had human contact for some months.
Despite the quote’s eerily poignant message, showrunner Michelle Paradise admitted she had no idea how the dedication to Star Trek’s originator would be received.
“As we were getting to the end and feeling that resonance ourselves, it felt like harkening back to this as part of a larger journey felt appropriate.”
The showrunner’s collaborator, producer Alex Kurtzman, was also on board during their chat with Deadline about the Discovery’s latest adventures in space.
He revealed that it wasn’t actually the writing team who landed on just the right quote to cap off the end of Star Trek Discovery season three.
Kurtzman explained: “The other thing I think is worth noting is that we called Rod Roddenberry, who’s one of our partners on the show, and said we want to include a quote from your father at the end.”
“And he selected that quote. So it felt appropriate that a Roddenberry gave us a Roddenberry.”
Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry, has assisted on Star Trek production since the 90s, and currently produces on Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks and the upcoming Strange New Worlds.
He also made a lasting impact on Star Trek Discovery fans by leaving them with an optimistic sentiment from his father to ring in another year of uncertainty.
Star Trek Discovery seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.