Today’s update has a couple actors from the show talking about changes made to scripts along with some reveals about their characters. We also have some bonus links with some analysis from the media along with show writers talking about their favorite classic Trek episodes.
Isaacs talks early script changes and why Lorca keeps his damaged eyes
Talking to Den of Geek about his role in the film The Death of Stalin, things turned to Star Trek: Discovery and specifically about how things changed early on. Isaacs revealed the chaotic nature of scripts for the episode that introduced his Captain Lorca (“Context Is for Kings”):
Well, they gave me three scripts [for episode 3]. They said, “They’re sending you three scripts. You’ve been offered the Captain in Star Trek, but it’s not about the Captain this time.” And I go, “Alright, let’s have a look.” And they go, “Just so you know, the character’s not in the first two.” I go, “Oh, okay.” And they go, “And the third one’s gonna change completely, so ignore anything in it.” I went, “So what the fuck exactly am I looking at?” And they went, “No, good point. Good point.”
The actor also talked about the revelation in episode 5 that Lorca killed his crew from his command before the USS Discovery, resulting in his eye injury:
That weighs very, very heavily on him. There’s a reason why he didn’t have an eye transplant, which he could have had. He wants those eyes. He wants those eyes that saw that, as a legacy
Landry/Lorca cut, but will Landry return?
Speaking of script changes, Rekha Sharma talked to the official Star Trek site about her character Commander Landry, and she confirmed that the subtext of a relationship between Landry and Lorca was more explicit originally, noting:
I think it’s OK to say that it was actually in the script, and it ended up getting cut: We were sleeping together.
Even though her character was killed by Ripper in episode 4, it is Star Trek so could we see her again? Sharma was cagey, but seemed to imply there may be more to see:
Well, you know how much I like Star Trek, so of course I’m hopeful. You have to keep watching. It’s kind of more exciting to die in the genre, because there’s so many people on Twitter and Instagram coming up with all these wonderful, creative ideas because they know the show so deeply. They’re trying to figure out ways for Landry to come back.
More Disco Bits Quick Links
Here are a few more new links related to Star Trek: Discovery:
Birth.Movies.Death: Star Trek: Discovery – Mystery or Confusion.
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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