At the Hollywood blue carpet premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, TrekMovie had a chance to speak with executive producers and showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg along with executive producer Heather Kadin. They revealed how much of a greenlight they have for a second season, gave up the actress playing Amanda, and talked about how Discovery will fit into the canon of Star Trek. The full video interview and highlights are below.
NOTE: Video contains previously reported spoiler.
Amanda played by Mia Kirshner in Discovery
When asked how much of Sarek’s family we will be seeing this season, the three EPs remained tight-lipped on if Spock or Sybok might show up; however, they did confirm Sarek’s human wife Amanda Grayson will appear. Aaron Harberts revealed Canadian actress Mia Kirshner will play the role originated by Jane Wyatt in the Star Trek episode “Journey to Babel” (and returned in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). Amanda was portrayed by Winona Ryder in the 2009 Star Trek feature film.
Kirshner may be best known for her recurring role as Mandy the assassin in three seasons of 24. The 42 year-old actress was also a series regular on the L Word, had a recurring role on Vampire Diaries and was a regular as Kenya Rosewater in the Syfy series Defiance.
No reset button for Discovery
When asked if the events of Star Trek: Discovery would flow through to the rest of the prime timeline and would be available if someone could look up USS Discovery from Captain Picard’s computer, the EPs assured it will all fit in the end.
Harberts: In term of canon, we want to make sure that all of that stuff tracks. So whatever you pull up in Picard’s computer needs to be correct by the time we end our run
As for why we never heard of Michael Burnham before, the Harberts said that will all be sorted out:
Harberts: So far we know we have never heard about her. We have never heard Spock and Sarek speak about her. So it is our job to make sure that what we have seen, still holds water.
On that Frakes spoiler
When asked about the spoiler dropped by Jonathan Frakes at a recent convention, the three executive producers joked a bit but would not confirm it, except to say:
Gretchen Berg: We’ve certainly been inspired all of the series and going back to your question on canon, we are existing in the world of the other series. So, there will be a lot of nods to things that seem familiar to fans of Trek.
Season 2 not official, but…
When asked if CBS haven given them a green light yet for a second season, Harberts replied:
Aaron Harberts: It’s a hopeful green light…I do want to see a green light. I would say we would be getting a little ahead of ourselves, but this show take so much time and so much pre-planning that I would be lying if I said they weren’t asking us to – at the very least – consider possibilities for storylines. In terms of a season 2, nothing is official. And in terms of the storytelling, everything is sort of in the Crock-Pot, just plugged in. I don’t even know if we have put the lid on the Crock-Pot.
All three said that as for determining if the first season is a success, they aren’t even sure if CBS All Access will be providing them with viewership numbers or metrics, so for them they will judge it by how much fans like the show.
More from Hollywood premiere
TrekMovie has more interviews with Discovery cast and crew. These will be posted over the next few days so stay tuned.
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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