The Star Trek: Discovery writers’ room is replete with both familiar and new names and faces. We’ll take a look at the people writing this series.
As with every Star Trek series since the original series in the 1960’s, Star Trek: Discovery brings some familiar faces in the production and directorial departments, and will populate the writers’ room with some people well-known to fans.
Original show-runner Bryan Fuller has moved on, but his influence remained in many ways. The redesign and alteration of the Klingons was largely his idea, and it stuck. Writers confirmed (per IMDB) are a veritable who’s who of Star Trek and science fiction writing.
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There are five writers with writing credits listed thus far on IMDB, each with one episode to their name. These are Jesse Alexander, Kristen Beyer, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Menosky and Nicholas Meyer.
Alexander wrote 11 episodes of Alias, where he developed a relationship with Star Trek hero/villain J.J. Abrams. He also wrote three episodes of Heroes, and another six episodes of the Heroes miniseries.
Kristen Beyer ran the Star Trek: Voyager relaunch novels starting in 2008. She also is the show’s point person with regards to the Discovery novels and comic books in association with Pocket Books and IDW Publishing. She is co-writing the comic book series.
Aron Eli Coleite is another writer with ties to Heroes. He wrote seven episodes between 2008 and 2009. He was a producer, co-producer or co-executive producer in 77 episodes of Heroes over the course of its run.
Joe Menosky is nothing short of prolific throughout the history of the franchise. He had a part in writing 14 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including the legendary “Darmok” and a personal favorite, “The Nth Degree”. He played a part in writing four different episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but where he really flourished was on Star Trek: Voyager, where he played a part in writing 37 episodes.
As for Nicholas Meyer, he needs very little introduction, and his involvement with Discovery is unknown at this point after he left to work on an undisclosed project (which may or may not have something to do with Khan Noonien Singh). Meyer hasn’t had any involvement with the television properties of the franchise (other than Discovery), but he wrote the three best movies of the original series film era. The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country were all written by Meyer.