The new issue of the official Star Trek Magazine (#62) is due on newsstands next week and it features a cover story all about Star Trek: Discovery. Much of what is covered is based on interviews conducted at San Diego Comic-Con, and there are a few interesting quotes from some of actors and writers on the show. In particular, Rainn Wilson and Shazad Latif gave some interesting insights into their characters.
A more deadly Harry Mudd
Talking to the magazine, Rainn Wilson confirmed he was in two episodes of the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery, however he was clear there was still a lot for him to do:
But they’re pretty meaty episodes. He gets a lot to do. They really, really went for it with Harry Mudd. I was a huge fan of the original series, and they had some straight-up comedy episodes, which is great. You’ve got to mix it up when you are doing 22 episodes a year, and that was part of the Roddenberry universe. But this is a darker time in Star Trek: Discovery. They’re at war, so it’s a darker, edgier Harry Mudd.
Wilson also talked about how his Harry Mudd differs from the one seen in the original series.
I Inherited a character that had been previously portrayed by another brilliant actor. I stole a lot of things that I loved from his performance, and then added a lot more of my own. It’s a testament to Roger C. Carmel, to what an interesting actor he was. You can’t take your eyes off him when he’s in an episode. So full of light. The new writers have added that he’s mischievous and deadly at the same time, and that’s a fun balance to watch.
Latif hints at Burnham/Tyler ship
Another one of the interesting bits from the new Star Trek Magazine was from Shazad Latif, who plays Lt. Ash Tyler. He talks about his journey following being held as a POW and his relationships with the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, including a hint about something with Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham:
He’s gone through these horrible, horrible things. We explore that, and he explores that with other people in the ship….[With Captain Lorca] There’s a military connection there. There’s a bond there. And then there’s a chemistry, a relationship with [Michael] Burnham that he’s exploring.
Star Trek Magazine #62 on newsstands next week
The new issue with the Discovery feature story hits newsstands on September 6th. You should also be able to buy a copy at the official site.
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.