The Star Trek: Discovery European press tour continues this week with more TV appearances and interviews. We have gathered some highlights from Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, and Aaron Harberts talking to the UK media below.
Martin-Green battles Piers Morgan
Sonequa Martin-Green was a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, and the segment started off talking about her character, named Michael Burnham. The actress noted how it was a tradition for co-creator Bryan Fuller to have women with male names and talked about how it was also tied to the archangel Michael. But after recounting her personal version about Burnham being named for her father and that it is a “statement of the gender fluidity of the future,” the comment triggered co-host Piers Morgan. Watch the exchange below.
Isaacs says Discovery is winning over the fans (except for a few)
Isaacs picked up on this theme in an interview with Digital Spy, saying:
“There’s a huge fanbase that’s very protective of this thing that dominates their social lives and in many ways defines a lot of people who are really obsessive fans. They’re right to be protective of it, and I think we’re winning them over.”
But he is aware not everyone has embraced the show, noting
“There are still people who like to make a loud noise. A lot of them have three followers and two of them are their dogs, but it doesn’t matter – their opinions are welcome too. They’re clearly watching, ‘This is disgraceful, I’m never watching it again, I’ll give it one more week!’ It’s a shame if any people are genuinely upset, but mostly they’re engaged – and even the people who are criticising it are fully engaged, which is as much as you could hope for.”
Isaacs was also a guest on ITV’s “Lorraine”, and in between chatting about the tightness of the Discovery costumes, they also talked about how fans are “finally” embracing the show after being “rightfully protective of this legacy.” Later, the actor talked movingly about supporting co-star Anthony Rapp following his bombshell accusations against Kevin Spacey. Watch the exchange below.
Harberts on ‘Thrones’ influence and ‘Discovery’ being family-friendly
Also talking to Digital Spy was co-showrunner Aaron Harberts, who confirmed how HBO’s Game of Thrones has influenced Discovery:
“Our goal for Star Trek was to create not just something that fans loved, but that it was something that other people who thought they didn’t like Star Trek would jump into, and the only thing I could draw from was Game of Thrones.“
And speaking to the Decider, Harberts explained why Discovery is a better fit for CBS All Access over Showtime:
The feels more CBS than Showtime. The shows I’ve loved on Showtime — like Nurse Jackie and Californication — are edgy and risky and deal with subject matter that’s provocative and even graphic. We wanted to make sure that Discovery would be family-friendly. It may not be appropriate for 10- or 11-year olds, but it’s definitely something teen-agers can watch with parents. Star Trek shows have been handed down — from big brother to little sister, from father to daughter — like an heirloom. We were excited to get the opportunity to blaze a trail with CBS All Access.
Finally, here is a Getty photo slideshow from the UK press tour.
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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