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Numerous undeveloped Star Trek episodes were written for Star Trek: Discovery. These stories were submitted or developed for production, but for various reasons never aired.

"Desperate Hours"-like story Edit

At least one member of the DIS writing staff thought up a story idea which he subsequently realized was unfortunately too similar to the David Mack tie-in novel Desperate Hours. "I can't name names, but I know there was at least one member of the [DIS writers'] room who was extremely frustrated by it because it means I took the idea he wanted to do for an episode," Mack laughed. [1]

Tardigrade scripts Edit

Several scripts with scenes featuring the tardigrade as a member of the USS Discovery's crew, named Ephraim, were written and either discarded altogether or drastically altered. "There were full-on scenes," recalled Executive Producer Aaron Harberts. "We have the scripts with scenes between Ephraim and Burnham where he's talking to her about the meaning of life, and spores and the beauty of mushrooms." Because the cost of depicting the tardigrade in this way would have been too expensive, the idea was abandoned. (After Trek: "Episode 4")