Star Trek: Discovery continues to make news in the wake of its Sunday premiere. Today we have details on possible connections to TOS, how Burnham will deal with events of the premiere, a new video all about Saru, a Trek vet grading Discovery science, more numbers for CBS All Access and for piracy too.
Goldsman: Don’t expect Spock to show up on Discovery
The premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery established that the lead character Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) was a ward of Sarek, father of Spock. In a post-premiere interview with Variety, executive producer (and co-writer of the premiere episode of Discovery) Akiva Goldsman talks more about the Sarek/Burnham relationship:
The meat of that relationship, which is foster child to foster parent, is honestly one of the significant stories that we’re telling. As character stories go, it is one of the spines of the narrative. And like all parent-child relationships, evolving. I think that in [episodes] one and two we start to see that we’re going to be dealing with a period of external conflict and crisis, and how that motivates character decisions throughout the course of the show. It also creates intense strains-slash-enhancements in interpersonal relationships. How Sarek deals with his daughter is different in [episode] one than it is in two than it is in subsequent episodes. Burnham’s role has changed, so Sarek’s view of her continues to change.
When asked if we can expect to see Sarek’s son Spock show up on Discovery, Goldsman indicated that isn’t going to happen:
Right now we are really trying to be very gentle about any kind of direct intersection with what we would consider hero components of “TOS” [the original series]. It’s certainly mentioned, but it’s not explored.
Sonequa Martin-Green on Michael Burnham after the death of Capt. Georgiou
In an interview with W Magazine, Sonequa Martin-Green talks about how the death of Captain Georgiou will influence the arc of Michael Burnham throughout the first season:
“It’s the epitome of devastation,” Green said. “She’s not just my captain. She’s not just my mentor. She’s not just my teacher or my leader—she’s also my mother, in a sense.” Georgiou’s death will continue to inform Burnham’s development throughout the show’s first season: “That’s one of those turning points. That’s one of those catastrophic events, one of those mortifying events, that changes the course of your life, and it’s hard to remember who I am as a woman, as a first officer,” she said. “What you witness is an annihilating moment in my life.”
Speaking of Sonequa, CBS has published a gallery of photos of the actress from their relaunched WATCH! Magazine. The new photo shoot had the actress in a number of interesting outfits and includes various facts and trivia about her, including that she had never watched an entire episode of any Star Trek show until she was cast in Discovery.
Discovery drives CBS All Access downloads, and piracy
Yesterday we reported how Star Trek: Discovery had a strong debut on in terms of CBS Television ratings and record new subscribers for CBS All Access. Today Variety reports Discovery drove a 64% increase in app downloads for CBS All Access. The app saw 46,000 first time installs on Sunday alone (Apple and Google app stores combined). Those are big numbers for CBS All Access, but still dwarfed by the 171,000 new installs for HBO Go on the day the seventh season of Game of Thrones debuted.
But, not everyone is playing by the rules. It should come as no surprise that Star Trek: Discovery has already become one of the top pirated shows, based on rankings at Pirate Bay. It joins an esteemed list of pirated programs including Game of Thrones and Rick and Morty.
Trek vet grades Discovery science and tech(nobabble)
Longtime Star Trek writer and science adviser Andre Bormanis, who worked on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, gave his take to SyFy on the science of the Discovery premiere, giving it an “A-.” He was particularly impressed with how they handled the binary star and related terminology. Bormanis, who is currently working on The Orville, also saw continuity with his former job of creating tech talk for the show:
“They clearly have people who know what we lovingly call technobabble, people who know phase inducers and shield frequencies and all the rest of the terminology that was established specifically for the Star Trek Universe.”
Saru: Lady Gaga with ‘threat ganglia’
The latest character video released by CBS focuses on the character of Saru, where cast and crew give us more details on the Kelpian, including Doug Jones explaining how there is a little Lady Gaga in Saru.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusive in the US on CBS All Access with new episodes released Sundays at 8:30 pm ET. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery airs on the Space Channel at the same time. Discovery is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada with new episodes made available Monday at 8 am BST.
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