It’s time once again to round up interesting Star Trek: Discovery-related goings-on in the last week or two.
Concept art from season one
Concept illustrator Samuel Michlap, whose work has been seen online before, now has a number of his Discovery works posted on his ArtStation portfolio. The designs are primarily for the Klingon ships, with emphasis on the Sarcophagus ship. You can see multiple iterations of ideas, including some that would be tweaked and used as extra ships in the fleet on screen.
Plus he has some detailed close-up looks at some set pieces, such as this Klingon bridge chair prop “that could move along a vertical track.”
And here is some cool concept art for a Vulcan city.
Behind-the-scenes photos from Season 1
CBS released four behind-the-scenes photos from the first season of Star Trek: Discovery on Twitter, in honor of World Photography Day.
Welcoming New Spock
The big news last week was the announcement that Ethan Peck has been cast as Spock for the show’s second season. Many from the cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery, including Anthony Rapp, Anson Mount with the message “Welcome, Mr. Spock. Let’s set a course.,” and Mary Chieffo saying “Qapla’ and welcome to the family @ethangpeck !!!! The Klingon Empire salutes you and wishes you all the best on your journey as Mr. Spock.”
Wilson Cruz =shared a heartfelt message that indicated they may have already worked together on the second season.
I’m so happy to welcome our newest family member @ethangpeck to @startrekcbs! It’s been a pleasure to get to know you, my friend and I couldn’t be more excited for everyone to see you bring it! CONGRATULATIONS… https://t.co/WWnRTiTXD1
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) August 14, 2018
Sarek actor James Frain had a simple fun message for the new Spock.
My son! https://t.co/NPRkRL2fon
— James Frain (@britjfrain) August 14, 2018
Star Trek: The Next Generation star and periodic Discovery director Jonathan Frakes also welcomed the new Spock.
Welcome aboard https://t.co/zj1DBN2Vto
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) August 16, 2018
And Enterprise actor John Billingsley had a little fun with the announcement.
And congrats, in passing, to the new Spock, @ethangpeck. Can a young and hunky Dr. (Phil) Phlox be far behind? Come on Discovery, a lil' bit o' Denobulan polyamory can't help but win eyeballs! Corn fed farm boys from all over America are dreaming about donning that rubber head… pic.twitter.com/BZDDx2UjCP
— John Billingsley (@JBillingsley60) August 17, 2018
Peck was welcomed by the Nimoy family, including Leonard Nimoy’s granddaughter Dani, daughter Julie, son Adam (joined by Adam’s recent bride and Trek alum Terry Farrell), all taking to social media to praise the casting.
— Adam Nimoy (@adam_nimoy) August 14, 2018
Peck’s girlfriend shared that moment he got the good news.
I’ll never forget this moment. Walking past the flower shop, you getting the “Welcome aboard MR. #SPOCK!!” text. Crying. Sitting stunned on the sidewalk. Feeling the weight of this responsibility and privilege. There’s no one more deserving of this opportunity. I love you. #LLAP pic.twitter.com/KqQFiKhcO3
— Molly DeWolf Swenson (@mollydewolf) August 14, 2018
Disco cast join Yeoh for Crazy Rich Asians viewing
Michelle Yeoh is starring in the new film Crazy Rich Asians, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, with a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film opened over the weekend and she hosted a screening for her Star Trek: Discovery family, some of whom shared images on social media.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 19, 2018
Ted in Toronto
Writer/Producer Ted Sullivan has returned to Toronto. As he often did during Season 1, Sullivan and other writers take turns going up to the sets in Toronto to help with the production of an episode, typically one the writer had a hand in creating. They’re available for any last-minute issues or revisions, and of course, they get to see their work come to life. While there, Ted shared a random moment that happened while he was out and about in Toronto, and ran into Disco production designer Tamara Deverell.
Sometimes when you’re having dinner in #Toronto you randomly bump into #startrekdiscovery genius production designer @tamaradeverell & your dinner gets even more dazzling!! (Photo: @gryphonmetal) pic.twitter.com/NQOJ7571Q1
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 20, 2018
CBS All Access on Amazon Prime Video – now in 2 flavors
Back in January CBS partnered with Amazon to let Prime users subscribe directly to All Access via Amazon Prime Video. Initially, the only version you could subscribe to was the $9.99/month tier without any advertisements. They promised that eventually the less expensive $5.99/month tier that includes advertisements would be made available for Prime Video users. The new lower-priced tier launched on Monday.
The CBS All Access streaming service is available as a Prime Video Channel add-on for Amazon Prime Video customers. While the cost is the same, it can be more convenient for Amazon Prime customers to get the All Access content via the Amazon app (like you can with other add-on channels like HBO and Showtime). Also, the Amazon Prime Video app is nearly ubiquitous, available on most Smart TVs and many other streaming and handheld devices, which may not offer the standalone CBS All Access app.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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