Prodigy Creators On Making Trek Accessible For A New Generation [Exclusive Interview]

The character of Rok-Tahk might be the first instance of taking something that was previously in that nebulous canon of “Star Trek” novels and making it canon. How familiar were you with a lot of that non-canonical or semi-canonical “Star Trek” from Peter David and all of the novel writers?

Kevin Hageman: Yeah. Well, we had a wonderful “Star Trek” advisor. Because it’s very scary, starting a new “Star Trek” show. We had David Mack, who is a fantastic “Star Trek” novelist. And so, he would read all of our scripts and would help us out, saying, “No, you can’t do that,” or, “You can do that.” And we fell in love with this idea of this young child, or this big brute at first, because they can’t communicate in the pilot … to discover, it’s actually a child. And how it’s this character where everyone is going to assume, “Well, they’re going to be the security officer.” But, no! It’s this young kid who loves science, and math, and doesn’t want to do that. And so, we started talking about that with David Mack, and David Mack brought up the idea of the Brikars, and then that was a great –

Dan Hageman: David was great. Because we would usually come — we’re like, “We want them mining for something, but we don’t want it to be dilithium.” Dilithium’s been overused. And then he’d come back, he’s like, “There’s this thing called chimerium.” I think it was actually from one of his books. We’re like, “Okay. What’s chimerium?” He’s like, “It’s what they used to make the –”

Kevin Hageman: Cloaking.

Dan Hageman: The cloak, the cloaking devices. We’re like, “Ooh, that’s cool. That seems like an illegal operation,” of something a villain could sell for quite a bit on the black market. So that was how we came up with chimerium.

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