Today’s Star Trek: Discovery news roundup is packed with stuff to check out, starting with some hints about the rest of the season. We also have Shazad Latif talking more about going from Voq to Tyler, an analysis of the title sequence, James Frain’s Sarek research, and more.
Showrunners drop hints for final two episodes
Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Spoiler Room’ has some info from Discovery’s co-showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts on episodes 14 and 15.
Now back in the Prime universe, the final two episodes of the season will be a race against the clock to prevent Starfleet from being annihilated. “As the crew of Discovery deals with the fallout of Mirror Universe Lorca, they must end the war with the Klingons once and for all,” showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Halberts tease. “Burnham is going to have to strike unexpected alliances in a mission that requires the Discovery team to take the fight directly to the Klingons. Will there be redemption for Burnham’s mutiny against Georgiou or Tyler’s attacks on Culber and Burnham? As the first season wraps up, the stakes have never been higher for the U.S.S. Discovery and we’re excited to answer many of the questions that have been asked since the first episode, as well as tease what’s to come.”
Latif talks sexual assault story line and mechanics of Voq transformation
In a new interview with Vulture, actor Shazad Latif discussed the sexual assault story line with Tyler and how it changes following the reveal
To go back a little bit to the sexual-assault story line. The audience now knows that Tyler is really Voq in a heavily surgically transformed body, although it seems like with the surgery scene that happened with L’Rell in episode 13, maybe we can assume that Voq may not really exist anymore and the Tyler personality will dominate? But knowing that this was a personality grafted in Voq and not necessarily fully real, how do you feel that affects the sexual-assault story line?
It’s interesting because in reality Voq was just having sex. And they’re in love, and that’s what’s technically happening, but obviously in Tyler’s mind, because he is in my head, he was a real guy and his memories are real and he’s still a real person, he’s just coming through in someone else’s core being. In his mind, it’s sexual assault. So, to play it both is very weird and interesting because you don’t normally get to do that. But to explore adds another layer for an actor and for the story line. Especially in times like now, with what’s going on, it’s a very, very interesting thing to explore.
Latif also sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and gave an in depth interview talking about playing both Voq and Tyler on Star Trek: Discovery. Watch that below:
How the ‘Discovery’ titles came to life
If you want to learn everything there is to know about the creation of the title sequence for Discovery, check out the “Star Trek: Discovery” profile at Art of the Title, which includes discussions with the team that put the titles together, including designer Ana Criado and writer Kurt Mattila, who had this to say about the origins for the sequence:
While the show’s staff were initially uncertain about the direction Discovery’s opening should take, according to Criado that first meeting established the parameters for what they didn’t want the sequence to be. “They wanted it to look kind of vintage and distinct from previous title sequences,” she said. Mattila recalled the specific mandate set forth by the showrunners: “We don’t want where we were, we want to go past it… Boldly go where no Star Trek has gone before!”
“Our concept was to show how the starship Discovery and its crew came to be a part of this new adventure,” said Criado. “To do so, we decided to take things back to the drawing board, literally.”
James Frain watched Spock doc to prep
To understand more about the original “Star Trek,” he watched a documentary called “For the Love of Spock,” which was made by Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy. “It gave me much more insight into the series.”
BTS Tweet of the day: chair dancing
Check out the Discovery’s bridge crew doing some disco dancing in this tweet from director Olatunde Osunsanmi.
— Olatunde Osunsanmi (@CenterWillHold) February 1, 2018
More Disco bits:
Here are the latest links from across the Interweb on what people are saying about Discovery:
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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