The second season of Star Trek: Discovery arrives in just over a month and there are some new developments to report. We also have some reactions to this week’s Short Treks episode and more in our latest roundup of Disco Bits.
Mount says season 2 has been extended
The new Captain Pike, Anson Mount, is visiting the official Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour, in Ticonderoga, NY this weekend. During his Q&A this afternoon, reported by TrekCore, Mount announced to the crowd that season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery has been expanded to include an additional episode.
Extending the season to 14 episodes is not entirely surprising. Shortly before production began in April, TrekMovie first reported that season two was scheduled to run 13 episodes, however, three months later one of the reasons cited for the dismissal of showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts was “leadership and operational issues” which included overruns, both in budget and timeliness. Over the summer it became clear the production was running behind, which is likely the reason why Jonathan Frakes ended up directing the ninth episode instead of the tenth, as originally planned.
Production on the second season was originally set to wrap in early November, but it has continued, picking up again after the (American) Thanksgiving holiday. The local Toronto TV and film production union website confirmed Discovery (under the codename “Green Harvest”) has been extended by nearly a month, to December 21. With the schedule slippage, CBS has already needed to extend their time at Pinewood Studios, so tacking on another episode would allow CBS to amortize the cost of production over more episodes. Discovery season 1 was expanded mid-production by two episodes for similar reasons.
More from Mount in Ticonderoga
- Mount also shared some new tidbits. Including the surprising anecdote that he had been in the running to play Gabriel Lorca in Season 1.
- A central theme to season 2 will be the mentoring relationship of Pike and Burnham.
- Mount also praised Jonathan Frakes, saying meeting him was his “geekiest moment” on set.
— @startrektour (@startrektour) December 9, 2018
— @startrektour (@startrektour) December 9, 2018
Writers promise answers about Saru and Kelpiens following “The Brightest Star”
This week’s episode of Star Trek: Short Treks gave us Saru’s backstory with lots of new information about him and the Kelpiens, but it also raised a number of questions, as noted in TrekMovie’s review. Fans have also been talking about these questions on social media and the writers have made it clear they are aware, and are promising to address them. Co-writer Bo Yeon Kim assured fans that these questions “will not go unanswered” and the official Star Trek: Discovery writers’ room account promised they will be “answered in time.”
It is likely these answers are coming in an upcoming episode of the second season of Discovery which will revisit Kaminar. In an interview with TrekMovie at NYCC, Saru actor Doug Jones said that “The Brightest Star” had “breadcrumbs that you’ll find in season 2” noting that there was a “direct tie with hints” between that full season two episode and the Short Treks mini-episode.
We know you have more questions, but trust us that they will not go unanswered… ;) What did you guys think of “The Brightest Star”? #ShortTreks #StarTrekDiscovery #TheBrightestStar pic.twitter.com/Yvh6ihnDPq
— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) December 7, 2018
Good questions! And they will be answered in time…
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) December 7, 2018
In an interview with Syfy, Kim also offered some insight into Saru’s thought process following his desparture from his homeworld and showing why it is such a big deal for him to return in Discovery season two:
“In the first few years of joining Starfleet, Saru had always intended on learning everything he could and returning to Kaminar to help his people,” Kim says. “But over the years, he realized that the Prime Directive exists for a reason, and breaking it would bring about serious repercussions, not just to his Starfleet career but to his people. So that is the weight of Saru’s burden.”
Speaking of “The Brightest Star,” Kim’s writing partner Erika Lippoldt also shared two fun behind-the-scenes photos from the location shoot, one featuring Doug Jones and his Kelpien co-stars Hannah Spear and Robert Verlaque, and another with Kim trying her hand at being a Kelpien priest.
The situation on Kaminar may be all doom-and-gloom, but the Saru family still found time to pose for a raincoat fashion shoot. I cannot thank our cast enough for their outstanding work in “The Brightest Star”! #StarTrekDiscovery #ShortTrek #kelpiens #set pic.twitter.com/zYyR6Sm4Wd
— Erika Lippoldt (@gryphonmetal) December 8, 2018
Thanks to everyone who watched our short “The Brightest Star” last night!!! Here’s Boey trying her hand at being a Kelpien priest on Kaminar. It’s a tough gig. Prop design by @Mario_Moreira72 and his team! #startrekdiscovery #shorttrek #bts #saru #set pic.twitter.com/LfQzQ8SdWh
— Erika Lippoldt (@gryphonmetal) December 7, 2018
Season 2 Premiere Sweepstakes
The second season of Discovery arrives on January 17th and CBS will be holding a red carpet premiere in New York City to mark the occasion. They are also running a contest right now for a trip for two to attend the premiere. To enter you must be a subscriber of CBS All Access and get your entry in by this coming Friday, December 14th. More info on entering at CBS.com.
Fan art of the day: “The Brightest Star” poster
Popular artist J.J. Lendl has come up with another Discovery poster, this time for the latest episode of Short Treks.
Another great #StarTrekDiscovery #ShortTrek premiered on @CBSAllAccess last night! Here's my retro poster for "The Brightest Star" featuring the always incredible @actordougjones. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/CQA9Zy0b0E
— J.J. LendL (@JJLendl) December 7, 2018
Star Trek: Discovery is available in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
Star Trek: Short Treks is available in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV.
Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour is an officially licensed recreation of the classic USS Enterprise sets, for more information visit www.startrektour.com.