Star Trek: Discovery stars walked the red carpet last night in New York to celebrate the premiere of season two. We’ll be bringing you interviews from there all week.
We managed to snag a few minutes with Anson Mount, who made his debut as Captain Pike in the season’s first episode, to get whatever he was willing to spill about Pike’s personal journey as a character.
How does the Pike we see in “The Cage” affect the Pike we’re seeing now on Star Trek: Discovery?
Mount: Well, that’s the best question I’ve gotten all night, because my job was to come in to a role where the first acts and the third acts are established, and figure out how to make the second act work. And there’s one thing I wanted to do, and I was very adamant about this from the top and I think that the writers agreed with me, is that how do you make a Pike, where what we know about the third act of Pike is not a tragedy, but a victory. Right? So that was the goal. And I think we succeeded. We’re filling in a lot of the missing story in season two — of the story of Captain Pike. And I think fans will be pleased. As a fan, I can say that. I hope people agree with me. I don’t think I’m being biased. Maybe I am.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Star Trek history sets TOS “The Cage” in 2254, DSC “Brother” in 2257 and TOS “The Menagerie” in 2267.
(Asked by another interviewer) What do you draw on to fill in Pike, since we know so little about him in the Prime timeline?
Mount: I’m an actor who does his research. But in this particular instance, I decided that second act Pike is a completely different human being than first act Pike. Like, I’m a different actor than I was in graduate school. I’m a different human being than I was when I was in high school. And so I wanted second act Pike—the version that we’re seeing in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery—to be its own thing, and I couldn’t do that by using the same tracks that have been laid by Jeffrey Hunter, as much as I respect him. Or Bruce Greenwood. And I’m a huge Bruce Greenwood fan. HUGE Bruce Greenwood fan. But I just needed this version of Pike to come from my own experience.
Pike is very affable in the season two premiere, but will that change? Is he going to start having conflicts with the Discovery crew once he settles in?
Mount: Oh yeah, I mean, he’s got serious flaws. As any good character does. There’s conflict that Pike is struggling within himself. The Enterprise was forced to sit out the Klingon wars and that has taken a toll on Pike and the crew of the Enterprise. A lot of the people that they worked with are not there anymore. And so they feel simultaneously guilty and kind of jilted, that they weren’t involved in the Klingon war. So those roosters will come home to roost.
Who is he going to come into conflict with?
Mount: I can’t tell you that. You’re sneaky. You’re really sneaky.
Saru was the captain, and now he’s not, so will there be some conflict there?
Mount: Maybe there will be, and maybe there won’t. You’ll never know. I will tell you that we get to go to Saru’s home planet. And that is just one of many instances in this season where Star Trek: Discovery is closer to the original. You’re going to find it a little bit closer to the episodic structure of the original. The big idea of the week. And you’ll see that in how that structure is set up in the first episode. These seven red signals that have been appearing in different parts of the galaxy. You can sort of see where I’m going with this, right? So check it out.
More from the season 2 premiere
There is more to come from our red carpet coverage of the season 2 premiere in NYC.
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 debuted on All Access and Space on Thursday, January 17th, 2019, and on Netflix January 18, 2019.
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