The cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery are about to get to work making season two up in Toronto. Their welcome messages for Anson Mount – just announced to be joining the show in the role of Capt. Pike – leads off our round up of social media and interviews of Discovery happenings.
Cast and crew welcome Anson Mount
The news hit social media on Monday: Anson Mount has been cast to play Captain Christopher Pike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Mount posted a lengthy and appreciative message on Facebook to celebrate:
His Discovery castmates were quick to welcome the newest member of their ranks.
Thanks, Anthony. Sounds like a great command bridge!
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) April 10, 2018
Thank you, Wilson! It’s an honor. I trust you will keep me healthy and safe!
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) April 9, 2018
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) April 9, 2018
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) April 10, 2018
The writers and showrunner Aaron Harberts chimed in as well.
Welcome aboard! https://t.co/OMT2k6cC9g
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) April 10, 2018
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) April 9, 2018
And Jason Isaacs, who played Captain Lorca for most of Discovery‘s first season, wished him well with his usual panache.
You lucky lucky man. Take good care of my beautiful DSC family, they're some of the nicest, most talented and woke folk this side of Alpha Centauri (though cook for them and they'll lie on their backs like dogs). Enjoy.#LLAPInTheRatings#MyChair@startrekcbs @StarTrekNetflix https://t.co/Hn0jDa0Efg
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) April 10, 2018
Gearing up for season 2 production
The second season of Discovery is set to begin production very soon. Stages at Pinewood Studios in Toronto are officially booked by Star Trek: Discovery (production codename Green Harvest) starting next Monday, April 16, 2018, through to November 8, 2018.
The Discovery crew has started to pull the pieces together to get ready. Monday afternoon James MacKinnon, Dept. Head Prosthetic and Special F/X Makeup, showed he was “station ready” adding “makeup tests here we go!”:
Station ready …Star Trek Discovery 🖖🏼 makeup tests here we go! #makeupfx #prostheticmakeup #startrekdiscovery #makeupartist #startrek #makeup #ppi #melpax #europeanbodyart #westmorefx #skinsaverlotion #jordane #telesis5 #dysonhairdryer #gamut #proaiir #skinclinic #mouthfx #skinillustrator #iwata #paasche #local706 #local706makeupartist #rcma #silabond #bluebirdfx #bodyart #gotfleshprosthetics #gotflesh #local706mua @versionsofu @glennhetrickalchemyfxstudio @nevillepage
And today, showrunner Aaron Harberts teased Twitter with this (presumably about seeing Anson Mount in full Captain Pike uniform and make up for a camera test):
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) April 10, 2018
Others tweeted their excitement today about getting things rolling again, including this note from actor Doug Jones on Twitter.
Proud to be re-joining this team of brilliant cast mates as we begin filming season 2 of @startrekcbs very soon!! With the added bonus of @ansonmount (not pictured) as our sister ship’s Captain Pike! pic.twitter.com/zUbk9h9f04
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) April 10, 2018
Anthony Rapp took a selfie with his fellow redheaded co-stars Mary Wiseman and Emily Coutts.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) April 11, 2018
Prep work for season two has actually been going on in Toronto for weeks. Last week VFX Supervisor Jason Zimmerman (frequently referred to by the production team as “Jay Z”) announced his arrival on the scene by showing off his chair on Twitter.
Back at it…here…we…go. pic.twitter.com/rAf5g9mQbH
— Jason Z (@jzvfx) April 2, 2018
And while there is no indication that he will be back in season two, actor Kenneth Mitchell, who played Kol in Season one, sent his well wishes to the team, featuring a classic Trek t-shirt from the days of iron-ons.
— Kenneth Mitchell (@MrKenMitchell) April 9, 2018
Sonequa talks her early Trek process and enacting Trek’s lessons in her own life
Speaking with the Essence podcast Yes, Girl! the Commander Burnham actress shared her passion for the creation of the character:
We are chugging away and diving into so many themes on [Discovery]. We are all so passionate and believe in it. What an enduring legacy that Star Trek is, because of what it represents. Because it represent this utopia of diversity and equality and universality. And so one of the many themes is that my name is Michael and I appreciate they had the boldness to do this, because the original creators of the show, Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, decided to pay homage to one of Bryan Fuller’s stylistic choices. He typically gives his female characters male names. There was even talk the Archangel Michael when referencing the character and influencing the character. But then when I grabbed hold of it, I created that I was named after my biological father. So, we sort of all decided that is what we are going with. What I love about it is that it is this tiny little political statement or socio-political statement about gender roles being a little more open and a little less confined and black and white. In the future a girl can be named after her father or a son could be named after his mother.
When asked what’s next for Burnham and Discovery:
For us, what is next is continuing to pour into this story and to continue to believe in what it stands for and continuing to see, at least for me, I want to see that change in my own life. The stories that we are telling in the show, I want to see them reflected in my own life.
A Betazoid, a Human raised by Vulcans, and a Klingon walk into a restaurant…
There was some inter-Trek-generation love last week, with TNG’s Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn running into Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green at a vegan restaurant last Thursday.
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) April 5, 2018
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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