One of the new additions for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery is Tig Notaro, who has a recurring role playing Chief Engineer Reno of the USS Hiawatha. The actress and comedian was a guest last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where she revealed some more details about her character and what she is up to in season 2.
Reno, Valentine and a dead Bolian
Tig Notaro said she is having “a blast” on Star Trek: Discovery, but also lamented the “science fiction-y Star Trek” jargon is a challenge, joking she is “terrible” at it, then worrying CBS would fire her for admitting that. When asked to provide an example, she described a scene, revealing some more details about her character:
A spaceship crashed and I saved a bunch of people. This is when I find out the war is over and I turn to this creature that I have kept alive on – I don’t even know what’s happening. I turn to the creature thing and say “Hear that Valentine, the war is over, we are going home.”
And then I turn to the other people who are in space suits and I’m like “Uggh, Valentine took a piece of shrapnel to the left aortic valve and needed a donor. I couldn’t find a transplant so I piggybacked his heart on a dead Bolian to keep it ticking.”
Notaro’s comments seem to confirm our analysis of the first look trailer, that Reno is found among the wreckage USS Hiawatha.
The people in space suits she is referring to are likely Captain Pike and Commander Burnham, who can be seen encountering Reno among what appears to be the wreckage of the Hiawatha, in the trailer.
Notaro also described another scene where she has to get emotional when opening up a cocoon.
Star Trek’s Sulu John Cho was also a guest on The Late Late Show, seated next to Notaro and applauded her ability to do technobabble, noting “I know how hard that is!” The pair also traded tips on how to act in a scene when you are manipulating a console. Notoro said she has a hard time keeping a straight face when she is “doing nothing.” Cho’s tip was to “just don’t make sounds” for all the dials and sliders.
Watch the segment
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