Another week has brought another milestone for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. We have a rundown on the Discovery news as we count down to the NYCC panel on Saturday, October 6th.
Frakes shares set image as he wraps his third time helming Discovery
On Saturday, director and former TNG star Jonathan Frakes shared another tweet from the set of Star Trek: Discovery with the message: “Thanks to exceptional cast and crew on @startrekcbs for another successful voyage.” Presumably, this was Frakes’ way of thanking the team as they wrapped episode 9 of the second season. This was Frakes’ third time in the director’s chair, having previously helmed the second episode of season two and the tenth episode of season one.
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 29, 2018
Work on episode nine started on September 13th, so it took just over two weeks for production. With the tight lid CBS has kept over spoilers, we don’t have any, but we do know it was written by Michelle Paradise, and is her first Discovery script. Most recently, Paradise has been working as a writer and co-executive producer on the CW Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.
Production on the second season of Discovery began in mid-April, with the season premiere directed by showrunner Alex Kurtzman. Now with nine episodes shot, production is running over two weeks for each, but that includes breaks for conventions, as well as the production of four Star Trek: Short Treks during the same period. Assuming they are shooting in order, there are still four episodes remaining. Production on the second season was planned to wrap up in about six weeks, but if there are indeed four episodes left to shoot, it is likely they will need to extend the schedule.
More Disco Bits: Coutts touts S2 scripts, Disco headed to Destination,
Here are more Star Trek: Discovery-related bits of interest from social media.
Coutts talks season two and Detmer eyepiece
The official Star Trek website has posted an interview they conducted at STLV in August with bridge crew actress Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer). The actress maintained the cone of silence regarding spoilers but did talk up the scripts for the second season, saying:
[Season two is] going well. Very well. I love the scripts. Every time we read a script, we’re all just sitting in the room after, tears or laughter, everything in between. It’s going to be a great season.
The actress also talked a bit about the backstory on Detmer’s distinctive eyepiece:
It’s fixing an injury from the Battle of the Binary Stars. But we will hopefully find out more about the piece soon.
Discovoery cast to appear at Destination Star Trek UK
Cast from Star Trek: Discovery are headed to Destination Star Trek, Europe’s official Star Trek convention. Sonequal Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, and Wilson Cruz will all be headed to the UK for the event, which is held on October 19th-21st in Birmingham. More details on Destination Star Trek at the official site.
Discovery cast and crew stand up for their causes
Like many celebrities, the Star Trek cast often use their social media platforms for advocacy, as Mary Chieffo did today sharing a fan-made “Social Justice Klingon Warrior” pin.
This week has been a rough one, but I have found strength & solace in this adorable “Social Justice Klingon Warrior Princess” pin created by @FreshestCallie in collab w @manicpixiedane 💜👑🌟👊🏼💥#SocialJusticeKlingonWarriorPrincess #TheFutureIsFemale #LRell #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.com/qbygD3oslp
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) September 30, 2018
And last week as part of a social media event to show support for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, Star Trek: Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips shared a picture of her team along with star Sonequa Martin-Green on Instagram.
Disco Meme of the week: Distracted Voqler
If you are familiar with the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme, you will get a kick out of this Discovery version, which has been personalized for the complicated relationship of Voq/Tyler and Michael Burnham and L’Rell. The image was shared on Twitter by the Far Beyond The Stars twitter account, and re-tweeted by L’Rell herself, Mary Chieffo, with the message “Well this just made my Sunday.”
— FarBeyondTheStars (@DS9FBTS) September 29, 2018
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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