As part of their European publicity tour, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, and Shazad Latif were joined by executive producer and co-showrunner Aaron Harberts at a screening of Sunday’s episode, “Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum” at the Millbank Tower in Westminster, London on Sunday. A select group of UK fans were invited by Netflix to attend the event. In addition to the screening, there was a Q&A with the Discovery team.
Giving an update on the progress of the first season, Aaron Harberts revealed that they are currently “locking down” the finale (episode 15), which will debut in 2018. Actor Jason Isaacs added that in the finale, “shit goes down.” Harberts also confirmed that each season of the show will be treated as a “novel,” with the “war novel” about the Klingons wrapping up at the end of the first season.
Harberts went on to say that work on developing the second season of Discovery will begin in two weeks. He didn’t give any details on what the story arc for the season would be, but did say the team is going to look at what has worked and hasn’t worked with the first season as they thrash out what themes they want to bring to the fore for season two.
The second season of Discovery was only announced recently. Co-creator Alex Kurtzman recently told TrekMovie the team had already decided on a new arc for season two and he had previously stated the second season may not debut until early 2019.
Michael named for an angel and other highlights
Here are a few other tidbits from the UK Fan event:
- Sonequa’s head canon is her character is named Michael after her biological father and in the future gender names are more fluid.
- Harberts revealed Michael Burnam was named for the archangel Michael, but he prefers Sonequa’s version.
- The team is aware the redesign of the Klingons has been “polarizing” with the fans, but defended the decision, saying it was part of co-creator and former showrunner Bryan Fuller’s original vision to go”deeper into Klingon culture.”
- The cast enjoyed working with director Jonathan Frakes, who gave tips on doing the “bridge shake” effect, something he and his TNG cast members mastered after seven seasons.
- Sonequa and James Frain trained for their “Lethe” fight scene separately, with their first time together being in front of the cameras.
- Doug Jones is an “angel” to work with, and a “big hugger.”
The event also included a reception with Star Trek-themed snacks. There were also costumes and props on display, as well as a captain’s chair for photo ops.
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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