Last week we reported an anecdote from the new Star Trek: Discovery cover story in Entertainment Weekly which involving a frustrated Captain Lorca, where actor Jason Isaacs ad libbed the line “For God’s sake.” According to EW Isaacs was told that was a no go:
The episode’s writer, Kirsten Beyer, approaches to give a correction on his “for God’s sakes” ad lib.
“Wait, I can’t say ‘God’?” Isaacs asks, amused. “I thought I could say ‘God’ or ‘damn’ but not ‘goddamn.’ ”
Beyer explains that Star Trek is creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a science-driven 23rd-century future where religion basically no longer exists.
This brief passage in the EW story became big news prompting headlines like “God Banned From Upcoming Star Trek Series” from the Christian Broadcasting Network. And it wasn’t just religious outlets, many in the mainstream press jumped on the story too such as the UK’s Telegraph reporting “New Star Trek series confirms there is no God in the Trek universe.”
But it seems it was all a misunderstanding. At this week’s TCA Summer Tour, The Nerdist caught up with Discovery producer Gretchen Berg to clarify the situation:
[Berg] confirmed the word “God” is, in fact, allowed on Star Trek: Discovery for religious and exclamation purposes.
“In our room, it’s something we discuss a lot,” Berg said. “I don’t necessarily agree with [Isaacs’] quote. On a show about diversity and with different points of view, I feel like you have to accept that some people believe in God, some people want to worship a potato, and some people don’t want to believe in anything. I think there is room for that on Star Trek.”
In fact, she’s pretty sure it’s already been said in the new Trek show: “I think it’s actually been in this series quite a bit. They are allowed to say it [God]. God fits in the patchwork in everything that is represented by Star Trek.”
Jason Isaacs Wants a Catchphrase
Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard was given catchphrases, such as “make it so” and “engage,” that have become part of pop culture lexicon. According to another anecdote reported by Entertainment Weekly, Jason Isaacs felt that his Captain Lorca should also have a memorable catch phrase. It turns out that Captain Lorca hails from the southern United States, and Isaacs plays the character with a slight southern accent. Remaining true to his character’s roots, the Liverpool-born actor decided, on his first day on set, that Lorca’s catch phrase would be “Git’r done!”
“I was so cocky,” Isaacs recalls. “I’ve only been here an hour, and already I have my catchphrase “
Then the producers then explained: “Git’r done” was already taken. By the comic Larry the Cable Guy. Who even has it copyrighted. Still, Isaacs’ instincts were totally correct — “git’r done” is demonstrably catchy.
While Entertainment Weekly does not make it clear whether Isaacs was simply having a bit of fun on set, thankfully the Captain of the Discovery will not be using a catch phrase made popular by Larry the Cable Guy.
UPDATE: After we published this article, DSC Executive Producer and co-showrunner Aaron Harberts confirmed that Isaacs had found his catchphrase:
He has it. #go
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) August 4, 2017
Isaacs on His Uniform, DSC, Lorca
Isaacs also talked about growing up with TOS, his initial uniform fitting, and Captain Lorca:
Isaacs says he was a huge fan of The Original Series when growing up, though he admits to feeling relieved that the Discovery uniforms were blue (which matches his eyes) rather than Captain Kirk’s old-school gold shirt. But there was some trial and error with the costume department regarding the extremely slim-fitting blue one-piece (how much bulginess for the male actors, exactly, is too much?). But aside from that, Isaacs dove right in.
“It’s very different from other Star Trek shows; there’s a lot more emotional and personal interaction than plot,” Isaacs said. “There’s a layered story that you aren’t used to in Star Trek. This is a complicated guy.”
Michael’s moving badge
Speaking of that Entertainment Weekly cover story. We have already shown off the three collectible covers from the latest issue, but apparently one of those isn’t exactly right. On cover number 3 Sonequa Martin-Green’s insignia badge is on the wrong side in the printed edition. Apparently they caught the mistake for the digital version later.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.