We have been talking about the Star Trek: Discovery season finale all week, but there are still a few bits to catch up on including what show writers are saying about the finale and what is coming next. We also have Sonequa Martin-Green and Anthony Rapp talking finale and season two and more.
Showrunners talks Pike and unlikely return to Mirror Universe for S2
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, co-showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg talked about the season finale and the next season. Discussing what role the USS Enterprise will play in the second season, Harberts was clear that it would not dominate the show, saying:
More than anything, it is about what new stories does this provide for our crew, for Michael Burnham, for Saru, for Tilly. Our main interest is Discovery. However, if the presence of the Enterprise can show us new things about our crew, the better.
However, Harberts indicated that Captain Pike will play a role in season two, saying:
The thing to consider about Captain Pike is, from an audience and writer’s point of view, there is something very exciting about a key character from [Star Trek: The Original Series] who’s only been explored in two episodes of the original series — three if you consider how [the rejected pilot for the original series] “The Cage” works into the puzzle in TOS. When we think about the idea of Captain Pike, it opens up some large possibilities. We will never say never to exploring him a little bit more.
Gretchen Berg also indicated that they are done with the Mirror Universe (for now):
I’m really proud of the story we told in Mirror, and we’re going to let people sit with those for a while and maybe we’ll be going back again in the future. But for right now, enjoy those episodes from the last year!
Writer talks about Klingon organs and why we wont see movie elements in ‘Discovery.’
Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt were guests on this week’s The Alpha Quadrant podcast with Garrett Wang and Aron Eisenberg. The writing team talked about their history of collaborating and working on Discovery.
One highlight was when Yeon Kim talked about a subject mentioned in our finale easter eggs article, notably how Discovery has introduced the fact that Klingons have two ‘organs’:
That was an ongoing writers’ room debate. According to canon, Klingons have two organs, they have two of everything, right? So … we had this debate, when we say two of everything, does that include the penis?… I think this was something that [EP/Director] Akiva [Goldsman] really liked the notion of. He just kept joking, “Klingons have two dicks, Klingons have two dicks.” And then finally showed it on television.
She also discussed how the writers on Discovery are limited in that they are not allowed to deal with characters and elements from the Star Trek feature films, saying:
Just because of the rights issue, we can’t use anything from the films, so that’s just something that we’re always aware of. ALL films, ’cause it’s a Paramount property, not CBS.
Rapp talks about Culber’s return
It has been already established that Wilson Cruz will appear in the second season of Discovery, and in a new interview with the official site, actor Anthony Rapp talks a little about what he has been told about Culber coming back:
We didn’t know at that point what’s to come, though we’ve been told things and we still don’t know exactly, but we know that you’ll see these two characters interact again next season. I don’t know if it’ll be flashbacks, if it’ll be flash-forwards. Whatever it is, there will be some presence of our relationship will continue, and I’m pleased about that.
Sonequa talks family reunion
In another official video from CBS, Sonequa Martin-Green talks about the journey of Michael Burnham through the first season, ending with a reunion with Amanda and Sarek.
Tweet of the day: Preview of new Enterprise bridge?
Star Trek author Dayton Ward – who wrote the recent Discovery tie in Drastic Measures – has a message for those who may be thinking about redesigning the look of the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
— Dayton Ward (@daytonward) February 16, 2018
More Disco Bits:
Here are some more links with what people are saying about Discovery:
Vulture: Why Star Trek: Discovery Needs To Evolve.
The Verge: Saru is Star Trek: Discovery’s unsung hero.
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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