Here are some of the latest bits of news about Star Trek: Discovery to keep you up to date on the upcoming CBS All Access TV show.
Nichelle Nichols looking forward to Discovery, open to beaming in (Trinneer too)
In a new interview promoting her upcoming appearance at this weekend’s Wizard World in St. Louis, MO, Star Trek‘s Nichelle Nichols talked a little bit about Star Trek: Discovery. It appears that she’d be interested in turning up on the show:
St. Louis Dispatch: The new show “Star Trek: Discovery” is the first installment of the franchise to have a black woman as the lead character. Have you met Sonequa Martin-Green? Do you have any interest in appearing on the show?
Nichelle Nichols: I have not yet (met) Sonequa but am absolutely looking forward to the opportunity. If there’s a role that the producers and I think would be a good fit for an appearance, I’m absolutely open to discussion.
Nichols is the second Trek actor this week to talk about a spot on the new show. In case you missed it, in our own interview with Enterprise’s Connor Trinneer, he suggested that maybe Trip Tucker could show up on Discovery as a hologram recording:
Conner Trinneer: I’ve thought about this. I’m like, “Could I be like Obi Wan, or R2D2, or Princess Leia, when they do a little video presentation of certain things you need to know, and all of a sudden Trip’ll pop up?”
Sonequa Martin-Green’s announcement delay explained
On Monday we reported that CBS finally officially announced that Sonequa Martin-Green had been cast in Star Trek: Discovery. The official acknowledgment came months after she was actually cast and had started working. As we had speculated, this delay appears to be all about her role on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Showrunner Scott Gimple explained it to TV Line — WARNING: CONTAINS Walking Dead SPOILERS:
TVLINE: Let’s start with Sasha. Was her death the result of Sonequa Martin-Green wanting to move on to Star Trek: Discovery, or was it strictly a storyline decision?
Scott Gimple: Storyline. The folks over at Star Trek got lucky with the timing.
TVLINE: Were there discussions between AMC and CBS All Access to keep her casting on Discovery a secret, so as not to tip off fans that Sasha wouldn’t survive the season?
Scott Gimple: We were hoping to [keep her casting on the D.L.], but it didn’t happen, which was kind of a drag. It seems like they did try, it just got out. But that just put it on us to tell a great story. The episode is the most important thing.
The Klingon King isn’t really a King
Last week we reported on a joke co-showrunner Aaaron Harberts made about actor Chris Obi (T’Kuvma) being the “king” of Klingons. That tweet prompted some websites and videos and fans to think that this was some kind of reveal about the show, as can be seen below.
— William Johnston (@wvj4) March 28, 2017
This continued until Harberts felt the need to clarify his remark.
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) March 31, 2017
And on Friday Chis Obi addressed the “King” controversy in another one of his famed driving-to-the-set videos.
— chris obi (@obidon1) March 31, 2017
The King has left the building as production appears to have wrapped on 102
So it appears that “king” Chris Obi is done with work on Star Trek for a while at least, as evidenced by this latest “Dave and Chris Riding in Cars” video from Tuesday (see below). Obi left Toronto, where Discovery is shot, for New York, saying he was on “a bit of a break now for me” for Star Trek, adding that he felt Trek fans are “the best fans in the universe.” Obi had this to say about the show:
Chris Obi: You guys are really going to love [Star Trek: Discovery]. You are going to be really proud of your devotion to the this universe, to the world. I believe we have done you guys very proud. Peace out and live long and prosper.
— chris obi (@obidon1) April 4, 2017
Another Klingon spotted outside of Toronto is actress Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) who has been showing up at events in LA for the last week. And over the weekend, Supervising Producer Ted Sullivan (and his trusty companion Jason Gorn) also left Toronto to return to the Star Trek: Discovery writers room in Los Angeles, where both are back at work this week. As we previously reported, Ted was the writer who was assigned to oversee production on episode 102.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) April 4, 2017
Discovery writers let their Trek nerd flags fly
While not every writer for Star Trek: Discovery is, or needs to be, a big time Trekkie, there certainly are some on the crew who are genuine fans. You can see that simply by following them on Twitter. As noted before Ted Sulivan is certainly a fan as this tweet today honoring the 50th anniversary of the airing of the TOS episode “City on the Edge of Forever” shows.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) April 6, 2017
And yesterday, Discovery writer Sean Cochran honored First Contact Day by tweeting out some love for Zefram Cochrane, who he likes to imagine is his future son, despite the very slight difference in spelling.
Happy First Contact Day!
So proud of my boy and what he’ll accomplish 46 years from today.
— 💲ean 🥐ochran (@SeanCochran) April 5, 2017
And finally, writer Bo Yeon Kim has made no secret of her love of Trek. In the last week she has shown off her Mr. Spock doodle and made no excuses for her love of Deep Space Nine’s Dax, but perhaps this tweet showing what she wore to WonderCon sums it up best.
— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) April 1, 2017
Well that’s it for this week in Discovery. As usual TrekMovie will keep up with all the news on the upcoming Star Trek TV show.