NOTE: Article discusses spoilers from the season one finale of Star Trek: Discovery
Following our roundup of post-finale comments from the creatives behind Discovery, there are some more interviews and highlights today giving some insight into the finale and season two.
Get ready for surprises on board the Enterprise, maybe even CG Shatner?
Speaking to EW, co-creator Alex Kurtzman talked about what fans may be wondering when it comes to the introduction of the USS Enterprise, hinting there are surprises on board.
Obviously, they’re going to be wondering who’s on board the Enterprise. I think there will be some surprises there. We will maintain consistency with canon, but there will be surprises.
He later gave more detail on how they would approach introducing characters from Trek canon.
…if we bring in characters from The Original Series, they have to adhere to canon. So anything that’s been mentioned in TOS, either storyline or character-wise, we have to stay consistent with.
When asked if this could include a CG Kirk – as William Shatner has suggested – Kurtzman said there has been no discussion but he was “open to it.”
If they were to show the Enterprise interior design, it would be “protective” of original
While Kurtzman emphasized how character stories have to match with TOS canon, when it comes to the look of the show, he gets more flexible. He wouldn’t confirm that they will be showing the interior of the USS Enterprise, but he did address how they would do it hypothetically:
Our goal is to be interpretive in a way that feels it’s protective of what the Enterprise would look like if, in theory, if we were to build any Enterprise sets. But if we built it like it looked in The Original Series, there would be a massive visual disconnect.
Tyler confirmed for season 2, issues with the Klingons may “flare up”
Last night’s article noted that the return of Shazad Latif as Tyler was indicated as likely, but Kurtzman confirmed the character will be back and gave some details on his arc.
Tyler/Voq has had a major evolution over the course of the season, and we love Shazad. He’s capable of absolutely everything we throw at him, and we have great plans for his character in season 2.
In a separate interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Kurtzman got into more detail about how the fallout from L’Rell ending the war will play out with the Klingons in season 2:
…just because we found a way for a truce to happen, does not mean that the Klingons are now happy with it. Look, we say that all the houses are divided, and L’Rell, through her ingenuity and with the help of Starfleet, is able to figure out a way to basically out chess maneuver them into making a choice they don’t want to make. In the episode right before, she’s extremely clear about it. She says, “We’re never going to stop until everybody is dead.” That’s just the way of the Klingons. There is a détente, that’s forced by ingenuity, but it does not mean that the Klingons have decided that everything’s fine. That problem could flare up at any point.
Shooting begins in April
In a separate article in Variety focused mainly on the music from the finale – including the recording Alexander Courage’s original Star Trek theme – Kurtzman also confirmed that shooting on the second season begins in April. He also confirmed that composer Jeff Russo will be back for season 2. As we reported previously, the writers have been hard at work since January 1st.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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