Jason Isaacs And Shazad Latif Talk Fandom And Dealing With ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Critics

Den of Geek recently spoke to the main cast members of Star Trek: Discovery during the recent UK press tour, and released a new interview with Jason Isaacs and Shazad Latif. Here are some of the highlights.

Aaron Harberts, Jason Isaacs, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Shazad Latif (Photo: Getty)

When asked about the overwhelming amount of fan feedback thanks to social media, specifically more negative feedback, the two actors had tactful responses.

SL: When we make it I’m enjoying what we’re doing and the rest we don’t have any power over. It’s like a painting, if people don’t like it then they don’t like it. We can’t really do much about that.

Isaacs had his usual irreverent take on the situation:

JI: I thought it was just a sign of how unbelievably passionate and protective they were of this legacy, and before we were on the air they were reacting to a trailer or something. Micro-analysing every frame of it. Now that we’re on, I’m a bit disappointed that the dissent has died down. I liked when people were outraged by things, and mostly everyone’s loving it all over the world now. I seek out those people who are upset because they’re always more passionate, first in line to watch it and first to hit the internet afterwards. They’re probably more die hard fans that anybody else.

Every new series that came along was hated instinctually by everybody and slowly they were won over. I think we’ve won them over. Quickly, which is a bit of a shame.

Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler on Star Trek: Discovery

The actors were asked how they felt about the modern way we watch TV, with lots of analysis, fan theories, and spoilers. Specifically, they were asked why fans keep trying to figure out where the show is headed, rather than be surprised.

SL: I don’t know why you’d want to know so much before, I get that it’s because they love it.

JI: Well it’s a mystery that they’re trying to guess. The big thing for me, not the theories because one of the great things about this Star Trek particularly in our dark and troubled times, our credits run and the debate starts. The worst thing you can be is something where the credits run and people say “What shall we eat?” It actually affects people and they’re thinking about it. Although it’s on Netflix it’s not bingeable so there’s a week to talk about things like there is with Game Of Thrones. The thing that bothers me – networks have asked me to live tweet shows I’ve been in before, and I want people to watch the telly not look down at their phones or iPads. Watch it and talk about it afterwards.

Briefing room - Star Trek

The briefing room is a great place to discuss “must see” TV shows

Isaacs also spoke about getting some TV screen command officer training from director Jonathan Frakes, a former Starfleet Commander himself:

JI: Yeah getting hit by a torpedo and the ship rocking from side to side without looking like an idiot. One of the big things, weirdly, is what to do with your hands. Because there are no pockets in space and there are no props. Jonathan Frakes, who played Riker in TNG, came to set one episode and he had a top tip. He said “Are you having trouble with your hands?” and I said “Yes I am! How the fuck did you know that?” He said he did a lot of crossed arms acting, and gave me the tip never to start a scene with my hands on my hips – you won’t get them off.

Pro tip: arms crossed is the best stance for a tightly fitting uniform


Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access on in the US and airs in Canada on the Space Channel. It is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek:Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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