There are a few more bits of Star Trek: Discovery news to catch up on, including more behind the scenes videos, and some of the actors revealing more about their roles and themselves. We also have an update on Discovery’s award season.
Behind the scenes in Orion Compound
Today CBS released an official video showcasing the shooting of the Orion Compound, with comments from L’Rell actress Mary Chieffo, executive producer/director Akiva Goldsman, and production designer Tamara Deverell.
Cornwell was supposed to die
In an interview with Den of Geek, actress Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell) revealed that originally she wasn’t going going to make it:
“Their original plan for Cornwell, when they called me last May and said, ‘Will you please play this Admiral?’, the idea at the moment is that she dies really heroically in her third episode.”
Cruz again confirms Culber is coming back
There has been some controversy since Dr. Culber was killed on Discovery, but the producers of the show and actor Wilson Cruz continue spread the message he is coming back (in some form) in season 2. An example of that was in a tweet sent out yesterday by Cruz to a fan complaining about the death of Culber.
Actually, we have said “He’s returning.” https://t.co/aMPCm6VWzk
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) February 13, 2018
See how Klingons are made
The Hollywood Reporter visited Alchemy Studios to talk to Mary Chieffo and the make-up artists that make Klingons for Discovery.
Martin-Green honored to be role model
Speaking to the official Star Trek site, Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) spoke about the reaction of girls and boys of color to the show:
What really gets me is girls being able to see this story, being able to see themselves reflected in me and reflected in all the women in our show. And then it doesn’t stop with the girls. It continues with the boys. It’s just really being able to show our youth such a strong, heroic, sacrificial, utopian picture. It means everything. And then being able to see, within the show, the end of racism as we know it now and being able to see equality across the board, across universes, it’s wonderful. Yes, you see us battling with Klingons, you see the Federation and the Klingon Empire going toe to toe and you see the combating belief systems, but you see peace come in the end. I just feel you have to see a hero that looks like you in order to find the hero within, that’s for sure. So, it means a lot that people are seeing that we get to be here and get to be involved in our own way with the solution. We get to be the solution, and we get to show you what a solution could look like.
Doug Jones defends Disco’s darker side
Speaking to Digital Spy, actor Doug Jones (Saru) reacted to how some fans have “mixed” views on the darker tone in Discovery:
“Television is very sophisticated now, and it’s very movie-like. It’s of a movie quality. We have a more cinematic show than the other Star Trek series before us, because we have to compete. And we have a huge budget – thank heavens for CBS! The reaction has been mixed with the darker material, sometimes, or the swear words, or whatever. But not being on broadcast television and being on a streaming service instead, they have the license and the freedom to do that. So they’re trying it all out, and I don’t blame them for that.”
Discovery beat out by Game of Thrones VFX
We previously reported that Discovery was nominated for two Visual Effects Society Awards: Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode, and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode. The winners were announced last night and unfortunately Discovery lost out in both categories to Game of Thrones.
Discovery has received some other nominations, including one by the Costume Designers Guild, and it was just announced that actor Wilson Cruz will be one of the presenters at the ceremony next week.
We're so thrilled to have @startrekcbs' @wcruz73 as a Presenter at the 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards in just one week! Costume design by @gershaphillips #CDGA #costumedesign #starktrekdiscovery pic.twitter.com/XrUALoVHBt
— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 13, 2018
Tweet of the Day: Cast want more Lorca
Jason Isaacs tweeted out this behind the scenes photo with some of his fellow cast members and a sign hinting that they would like to see his return as Prime Lorca.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) February 13, 2018
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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