Fuller had some clarifications which tell us that what we've heard is wrong, at least according to AICN
. Personally, I'm not sure this changes much for certain. This is along the lines of what I was picturing.
It's still not entirely clear that these 13 episode story arcs won't be self-contained and that the next season won't be different. "Anthology show" usually means different stories from episode to episode. The American Horror Story format is its own thing.
That said, in thinking about it realistically, it doesn't make any sense at all for this series to hop around to different ships and eras and casts. That concept is the antithesis of hollywood television production. See, that would require different sets and props and costumes, especially if they're bopping around time. In television production, they like to keep the locations to a minimum (even on shows where they don't have to build those locations). It helps cut down on creation costs, but also filming time (which is a big source of cost for production because of the crew required). For each location that exists in an episode, they have to lock it down and light it, which takes a lot of time and slows down the filming. For an ongoing series, the more time that can be spent in a single location, the better, as they can either leave the equipment in place or get familiar enough with lighting set ups that it becomes second nature and much faster.
Well, I'm rambling, but the bottom line is that it makes much more sense for the show to focus on the same people and places ep to ep and season to season. Plus, I'm glad to hear it, because that other idea was stupid.
At this week’s Saturn Awards, CBS All Access’ Star Trek showrunner Bryan Fuller debunked two rumors about the Starfleet hourlong launching in January:
1) The first season will NOT take place between “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and the first season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
2) The new series will not be an anthology show.
Fuller also described some things we CAN expect:
* The series will tell a “13-chapter” story, suggesting there will be considerable episode-to-episode continuity. (This is of course not a huge innovation; the third season of “Star Trek: Enterprise” was famous for telling one long story across 24 episodes.)
* This “13-chapter” business suggests also that CBS All Access has so far ordered 13 hours of the new series for 2017. (Does this mean we’re only getting 13 hours in 2017? The first season of “Star Trek: Enterprise” comprised 26 hours. Most seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” were 26 hours long as well.)
* The “New Crews” text in the promo was not a typo. “I think we will be seeing lots of crews in the story,” said Fuller.
* “Eventually. Eventually,” Fuller answered when asked if characters we’ve already met could return.