TrekMovie had extensive coverage and interviews from New York Comic Con all about Star Trek: Discovery, but of course there were other outlets there as well. We have gathered some highlights from all the interesting comments made by the executive producers and cast about season two and more.
Does Georgiou want to take over Section 31?
One of the new elements in the second season of Discovery will be Section 31, with Michelle Yeoh’s Emperor Georgiou now a member of the secret organization. Speaking to IGN, Yeoh gave some details on what she’s up to with Section 31 in season two:
Section 31 has all the most updated gadgets, because they are the most informed, and she, as an engineer, she can hack into Section 31. And [the Section 31 member who recruited her] Leland thinks he’s in charge of the ship. But she finds out secrets. Because that’s what Section 31 does. It’s collected secrets all over the universe about certain people, and history, and things like that. And so, when you have [those] kind of secrets, it’s power. And for Philippa Georgiou, that’s perfect! So, if she has to be here, she wants to be in Section 31, and she wants to run it, right?
Red Angel questions for Burnham and Spock
The mystery of the seven signals and the “red angel” will be a big part of the second season, evidenced by how they feature prominently in both the SDCC and NYCC trailers and on the season two poster. Discovery lead actress Sonequa Martin-Green gave IGN a little more detail on the search for the angel’s motives:
The Red Angel appears to Michael Burnham at a very, very critical moment. You can see from the trailer that we just released that it looks like a life or death moment. And I see this angel and I say that it gives me comfort and lets me know that everything is going to be okay. And then what I find out later is that Spock has also seen this same Red Angel, but when he was a child. And so it’s a huge mystery. And it’s one of the big themes of Season 2, finding out what this angel is, where this angel came from, what it wants, what it needs, what it’s doing. All those questions.
Captain Pike has things to teach Spock
Much has been talked about regarding how season two will explore the relationship with Spock and his sister Michael Burnham, but what about Spock’s relationship with his captain? Speaking to Digital Spy, actor Anson Mount explained how Captain Pike can help Spock:
For me, at least, what I had imagined and brought to our first scene together, which was that he was almost like an older brother. Not a father figure, but maybe so. Because Sarek can only teach logic to Spock and that’s what kind of ends up creating this trauma in him, is not being able to reconcile his logic and emotion. I think for me, going into it, I chose Pike to be this beacon of humanity and human role model.
Culber’s return won’t be without consequences
Ever since Dr. Culber was killed off in the first season, the showrunners and actor Wilson Cruz have made it clear that he will return, but exactly how remains a mystery. Speaking to Attitude, Cruz explained the death had a reason and the doesn’t sound easy either:
I can promise you that he really did have to go through that in order for us to tell the story that we’re about to tell you. We don’t dismiss it. We don’t act as if it didn’t happen. We extrapolate it in a very real way. We extend the story. And there are consequences. There’s a price to pay. But it’s a really exciting way of learning about this character. Honestly, after doing it I feel like we couldn’t have given a more satisfying answer to the question.
L’Rell takes on Klingon patriarchy
During the NYCC panel, Mary Chieffo spoke about how her L’Rell will face some obstacles as the new Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin told IGN about the modern allegory for this plotline, with Kurtzman pointing out, “There’s a female Klingon leading a war-faring, mostly male-dominated race,” and Kadin responding, “And it can be hard for women to have a position of power without being questioned. I don’t know if you are aware of that.”
Kurtzman then discussed how this plotline is in the Trek tradition of taking on contemporary issues:
So it’s in the spirit of all great Trek. We’re mirroring so much of what is happening in our world now. And what she’s dealing with is what every woman who’s in a position like that, and not in a position like that, is dealing with when it comes to the way they are living in a patriarchy. So, very much, that is what we’re tackling. And L’Rell is strong, and she is … you know, she has to meet their fire with — not just fire, but actually real consideration and thoughtfulness and strategy. And it’s really interesting to see L’Rell grow into the leader that she becomes this season.
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. The second season will debut on All Access and Space on Thursday, January 17th, 2019, and on Netflix January 18th.
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