The second season of Star Trek: Discovery premieres next week, so naturally, there is a lot of publicity for the show coming out. Executive producer and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, along with new stars in season two Anson Mount (Captain Pike) and Ethan Peck (Spock), were all speaking to press outlets recently. We present some highlights.
Syncing up with and expanding canon
Speaking to DigitalSpy, showrunner Alex Kurtzman reiterated his previous comments about “syncing up” with canon:
“We are syncing up with canon [this season], We know we’re 10 years pre-TOS but there are a lot of big questions. Like, how come Spock is never mentioned as half-sister of Michael Burnham? This season is all about understanding what that relationship is. By the end of the season, we will be synced up with canon.”
Building on what came before
“We touch on canonical elements this season, beyond just the characters, there are other things that will come into play that you have seen on TOS. Again, the idea is always to build on what came before without negating what came before. We mentioned that the Talosians might show up this season. Anyone who knows ‘The Menagerie’ or ‘The Cage’ knows what they’re capable of. So it’ll be really interesting to see how they might fit into the world of Discovery.”
Kurtzman sees a long future for Discovery
“[The series] can go for a long time, a lot of the series have gone for a long time. The key is to constantly find a way to reinvent while also always delivering what people expect from the show.”
The cast has been talking too
Ethan Peck and Anson Mount spoke with USA Today about their characters, both new to the series.
Spock has unraveled, says Peck
“When we first see him, he’s sort of unravelled, this is the time when this epic conflict within him — a human and Vulcan in one being — is really on the surface and plays out on the surface. The Spock that we are creating isn’t immediately recognizable as a Spock you’ve seen. So we need to get him in a place where he is shaped and molded to the Spock that we will see in the Original Series.”
Mount says there’s more to learn about Pike
“When you think about how much we actually know of Pike or have seen of Pike — he’s got to be the most revered character that’s had that little amount of screen time, we have one episode … one 2-part episode — it’s not even an original episode, and we have a movie in the Kelvin timeline. That’s not even about Pike! So there’s a lot to be explored.”
Pike’s driving force in season two
“He is really driven to figure out these Seven Signals, and he will. He will stop at nothing to figure out what is going on. We get to learn a lot more about his leadership style; his relationship to Starfleet; his relationship to his crew, including that of the Enterprise; his relationship with Spock; and his relationship to the fundamental attitude of Starfleet, which is curiosity.”
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.
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