UPDATED: On Thursday night Sonequa Martin-Green was a guest on Late Night With Stephen Colbert. They talked about the secrecy on Star Trek: Discovery, the scale of the show, Vulcan assimilation, and she even schooled Stephen on getting the Vulcan salute just right. Martin-Green also talked about the King of Jordan (a Trek fan who appeared in Star Trek: Voyager) dropping by while they were shooting in Jordan.
And most interestingly, Sonequa brought along a clip from the show. You can watch the full segment from Colbert along with the clip below.
A closer look at the new clip
We have seen Burnham and the Torchbearer before, in fact it was the final moment from the first trailer for the show released in May. This clip shows us what happened shortly before they meet, with Burnham analyzing an object in space while wearing a Federation EVA suit.
With this clip we find Burnham scanning the Obelisk on a reconnaissance mission (we saw a shot of her leaving the U.S.S. Shenzhou on a recon mission in a promo released yesterday).
It appears that Burnham did not know the Torchbearer was going to be there and possibly didn’t even know the object she was exploring was Klingon. In that May trailer we can hear Saru announcing the U.S.S. Shenzhou had encountered an “object of unknown origin,” quite likely this is that object.
And even though it has been discussed that Burnham “starts a war” with the Klingons, at this point in the pilot she seems to still be acting in her role as an explorer and first contact specialist.
But it appears the Torchbearer is a bit too busy for a friendly chat, and he is armed with a famous Klingon weapon.
According to official info from CBS, this Klingon warrior is “chosen through a sacred ritual to serve as the Torchbearer, enabling him to sound the call for all the Klingon houses to unite by activating a ceremonial obelisk.” Which is why the Torchbearer didn’t seem to have any time to chat with Burnham.
If you want some more context for that scene, you should read our two recent deep dive analysis articles. The first one was all about Michael Burnham and the second one is all about the Klingons, including the Torchbearer.
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.