This past week has seen a lot of news about Star Trek: Discovery, but there’s still a little bit more! One bit of news was the first look at Jason Isaacs as Capt. Gabriel Lorca of the USS Discovery, revealing that he is playing a human (or at least very human-looking species), and revealing his first name. And last night, Isaacs shared a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of him having a lifecast made. It does not look fun.
It wasn’t explained why Isaacs had to sit through what is clearly an uncomfortable experience, but lifecasts like this are often made in order to create prosthetic makeup appliances.
Doug Jones overdoes it in action scene
This weekend actor Doug Jones, the alien Lt. Saru on Star Trek: Discovery, was supposed to make an appearance at Fanboy Expo in Tennessee but he had to cancel at the last minute. In a video posted on Twitter, Jones explained that “because of a very exciting action sequence I did a little something to my shoulder” so he had to stay in Toronto to have it looked at. He was very apologetic to fans:
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) June 24, 2017
Discovery visits Starfleet HQ
An article from the Toronto Star about the growing film and TV production industry there included some discussion about Star Trek: Discovery, which is shot locally at Pinewood Studios. The article noted that Discovery is being filmed on the biggest sound stage available at Pinewood, one previously been used for the the films Pacific Rim, Suicide Squad and Total Recall. The report from Pinewood included this interesting tidbit:
…production workers are diligently stenciling the words “STARFLEET COMMAND” in giant letters on concrete. Behind them is a militaristic and imposing grey-toned set representing Federation headquarters.
Having scenes take place at Starfleet Command and Starfleet Headuarters is not exactly surprising for a Star Trek show, and it’s a reasonable guess that Starfleet HQ is where we will see Admiral Anderson, played by Terry Serpico.
Starfleet’s San Francisco HQ has been seen in many incarnations of Star Trek shows and films, in both the Prime and Kelvin timelines. One exception was the original Star Trek series (also set in the 23rd century like Discovery), but it was seen in some of the TOS-era feature films. It even was in Star Trek: Enterprise, set a century before Discovery.
Past Star Trek series from the ’90s and ’00s used the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys for exterior shots of Starfleet HQ, since Discovery is shot in Toronto it’s unlikely they returned to that much-used location.
Catching up on all the Discovery news
As noted before, this was a big week! In case you missed anything, here’s a wrap-up:
Release Date: September 24th
Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
New key quotes:
This show is so rich and deep that all of us huge nerds/fans always need to make sure we get details right
– Supervising producer Ted Sullivan in fan Q&A
You can’t cut corners or have 95 percent of what’s on screen be completely original and inspired and then have five percent something you bought at a store. It has to be cohesive — and it is. I’m so proud of what’s on screen, it’s so beautiful and it’s taking world-building to a whole new level.
– Co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg explaining show’s delay
I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero…I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me.
– Sonequa Martin-Green on her character of Michael Burnham
Sarek [James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path. When we meet her, she’s the first officer on the starship Shenzhou. And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is the most difficult choice you can make – it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation; it affects the entire universe.
– Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts on Michael Burnham’s character arc
We go pound for pound with Game of Thrones
– Ted Sullivan on if Discovery will resemble Game of Thrones in scope in another fan Q&A
TrekMovie pored over all the new and previously released images and videos to create a new infographic detailing the new Starfleet uniforms.
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