It’s time once again to round up interesting Star Trek: Discovery-related goings-on.
Rainn Wilson talks Short Treks twists and Discovery improvisations
Over the weekend Rainn Wilson teased a photo from what was presumably his upcoming episode of Star Trek: Short Treks, which he is directing. The mini-episode features his return as Harry Mudd and today the official Star Trek site posted an interview with Wilson conducted at Star Trek Las Vegas in August, where he gave some more details:
There’s going to be that 10, 15% of fans that go, “Oh, no way. I’m not going to watch a short film about Star Trek. This isn’t how it works.” But I love that they’re breaking molds and breaking new ground, and it’s a terrific mini Harry Mudd adventure. It goes to a lot of different places, from different aliens to a lot of fun situations, with some great twists and turns, and I get to direct it and star in it. It’s like a dream come true. It’s like, “Write me a dream job.”
Another thing we reported over the weekend was that Rick and Morty writer–and author of Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season (Star Trek: The Next Generation)—Mike McMahan was also on set for the Harry Mudd episode of Star Trek: Short Treks, as the writer for the episode. Today Rainn Wilson asked his 4.3 million followers to start following Mike McMahan on Twitter. Wilson’s compliment for the “twisted comedic genius” of McMahan may be another indication that the Mudd episode of Short Treks is going to be something different for Star Trek.
You’re going to want to follow @MikeMcMahanTM from Rick and Morty and twisted comedic genius.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) September 19, 2018
In the StarTrek.com interview Wilson also discussed the time-looping “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” which featured his second visit to Discovery as Mudd, and one in which he was allowed more flexibility to use his comedic expertise:
It was a blast. Don’t get me wrong, it was a tough episode. It’s really, really hard to write a time-travel episode with a time loop. If you’ve ever thought about writing a time-travel screenplay, or anything like that, it makes your head start to hurt. It’s really, really difficult. They struggled with how to make him come back. What are the rules of the time travel? But, ultimately, at the end of the day, they figured it out brilliantly. And David Barrett, the director, did a fantastic job. He’s a very visual director, and that helped it a ton. The flashback replay of shooting Lorca over and over again, killing Lorca in all these different ways, was fun. The cast was game, fun, collaborative. They let me improvise a bunch of lines and have creative input. It was a dream job.
More Disco Bits: Frakes’ plans, kale salads, and dancing Trek stars
Here are some more Star Trek: Discovery-related bits of interest from social media.
Frakes still at work on episode 9
Last week we reported that Jonathan Frakes was back on the set of Discovery to shoot his second show (episode 9) of the second season. This week, Frakes shared a nice image of him on the bridge and the words “Plotting the course.”
Plotting the course pic.twitter.com/F7bAgML9qe
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 18, 2018
Behind-the-scenes details of the day: Disco cast eats kale
Captain Pike actor Anson Mount shared some tidbits from set life on Discovery, describing what was for lunch yesterday. Luckily the usually vegan offerings were augmented for his dog Mac.
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) September 17, 2018
More fun from the Emmys
Star Trek: Voyager actress Jeri Ryan shared this dancing animated GIF from backstage at the Emmys with Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green and executive producer Alex Kurtzman along with fellow Trek vets Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Linda Park (Enterprise), and LeVar Burton (The Next Generation) .
More Torchbearer BTS
As he often does, Neville Page shares images of behind-the-scenes work from the first season of Discovery. Recently he showed off what the 3D printed leg for the Torchbearer looked like before being painted.
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In stark contrast, you can see the full size print done by @3dsystems and @gentlegiantltd compared to the scale one I just printed. That’s almost a 4 foot long print!!! One printer!!! Also note the specific design lines to accommodate printing efficiency and assembly. I spent more time figuring out, engineering and then breaking apart and coring out with specific wall thickness in mind than I did on making it aesthetically appealing. @startrek @startrekcbs @3dprinting #3dprinting #printing #designer #model #klingon @formlabs #form2
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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