We have a few bits of Star Trek: Discovery news to catch you up on, starting with a preview of next week’s episode “Lethe,” which was released online this morning by CBS.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) October 18, 2017
More Disco Bits
Details on Ephraim the bridge officer
As reported yesterday, the original plan for the tardigrade was for him to be a bridge officer called “Ephraim.” Later yesterday afternoon screenwriter Kemp Powers confirmed on Twitter that early versions of his script for last week’s episode (“Choose Your Pain”) including Ephraim. He also revealed Ephraim was to be a Lt. Commander. At TrekMovies’s request, Powers even provided a sample bit of dialog.
Ephraim lets out an indistinct alien warble. After a few seconds, his TRANSLATOR kicks in.
EPHRAIM: As you were.
— Kemp Powers (@Powerkeni) October 17, 2017
Takei hearts Stamets and Culber
George Takei made waves last year for not being happy about how Sulu was given a husband in Star Trek Beyond, but he seems happy to see the a same-sex couple on Star Trek: Discovery.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 16, 2017
Rapp shows his Trek cred when talking about Stamets/Culber
Following last weekend’s episode Variety talked to Anthony Rapp about playing Lt. Stamets and his relationship with Dr. Culber. This exchange showed that the actors Star Trek binge watching has really sunk in.
You and Wilson Cruz have a number of scenes together this episode, including the one at the end where you’re brushing your teeth together, where you’re just interacting the way that married couples do, which isn’t something we’ve seen often in “Star Trek” …
Well, you have Keiko and O’Brien on “Deep Space Nine.”
Yes, that’s true. What was it like shooting those scenes?
It’s really satisfying to have writing made available that shows these different colors. I’m glad and I’m proud that our writers have approached our relationship in this manner.
Get to know L’Rell
CBS has released another character video, this time focusing on L’Rell with actress Mary Chieffo and EPs Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts.
Netflix beats global estimations – did Star Trek help?
Star Trek: Discovery has helped boost CBS All Access in the US and the Space Channel in Canada, but what about the rest of the world? This week Netflix announced their third quarter performance which included adding 4.5 million subscribers outside the USA, beating analyst expectations of 3.6 million. The news pushed shares of the company to record highs. Some see Star Trek: Discovery as a factor in this global growth of the streaming giant.
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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