Bryan Fuller: ‘Balance of Terror’ Is A Touchstone For the STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Story Arc

On the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek‘s initial episode, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller dropped some news that may be a major aspect of the upcoming series.

“A FAVORITE TOS EPISODE “BALANCE OF TERROR” IS A TOUCHSTONE FOR THE #STARTREKDISCOVERY STORY ARC” Fuller tweeted Thursday night.

“Balance of Terror” is the fifteenth episode of the first season of the Original Series and introduced the Romulans to the Star Trek universe.

What could this mean for Star Trek: Discovery? We already know the series will be set a decade before the five-year mission of the Enterprise and it sounds as if the Romulans will play a major role in the series which debuts in January.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS. That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the US on the video streaming service CBS All Access.

Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry have been announced as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) is serving as a writer and consulting producer.

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  • DS9 is King

    Well This is very exciting.

  • saavik001

    It would have to be a covert mission since they haven’t been seen since the war 100 years prior.

  • I deduce from this that we will see a younger Mr. Stiles?

  • Benjamin Stock

    In the age of wild cgi battle scenes stealing character screen time, I would love another good old fashioned Star Trek submarine romp. TWOK benefited from it!

  • jips1993

    Could it possibly be that they might play off of the fact that Mark Lenard played both Sarek and the Romulan commander, especially as Amanda Grayson might be in the show at some point? Could Sarek have possibly been some kind of double agent, a precursor to the reunification movement between Vulcans and Romulans?

    • nmclean

      If it is revealed that Sarek is the Romulan here, it would suddenly make both Sarek and Spock look like idiots. Sarek for revealing himself to the Enterprise knowing that his son, who’s very familiar with his poorly disguised appearance, works on the bridge; and Spock for failing to notice.

    • Trent

      ??? How could Sarek spy or not die in BOT and then show up for all those appearances later as Papa Spock ?

    • David Zane Taylor

      Well, Star Trek seems to love it’s clones. Just sayin. 😉

  • LS650

    Touchstone..? What the heck is that supposed to mean?

  • Vonotar

    I’m thinking it’s a touchstone because of how ship-to-ship combat was shown. In my opinion, the two best one on one ship fights in Star Trek were this and the climax of Wrath of Khan.
    Also, USS Discovery looks like it may have been based in one of the old Earth Outpost Stations along the Romulan Neutral Zone. They were built in asteroids, if I remember correctly.