Fifty years of Star Trek means endless tweaks to Gene Roddenberry’s idyllic vision of the future, and Star Trek: Discovery will add a major one. Despite a prior franchise mandate, the new CBS iteration will apparently allow Starfleet crew to actually conflict with one another; not just alien warships.
Entertainment Weekly clarifies that for fifty-one years, the Star Trek franchise has more-or-less followed a basic guideline that Starfleet crew members shouldn’t conflict with one another in petty ways, or “demonstrate baser human flaws.” As showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg explain, Star Trek: Discovery will do away with this “Roddenberry’s Box,” so as to better create ongoing drama for the show:
We’re trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions. People have to make mistakes — mistakes are still going to be made in the future. We’re still going to argue in the future.
The conflict between main characters is one of the main reasons I prefer DS9 to the other shows.