As we continue to analyze the Star Trek: Discovery season two opener and work on putting out all of our interviews from the red carpet premiere (with more to come!), we are taking a break to catch up on some other bits of Discovery news and fun that have popped up since the premiere of “Brother.” So, join us and jump into the first Disco Bits of season two.
Kurtzman connects Burnham, Spock and the Red Angel
The big mystery for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery plays out over a grand stage, with the seven bursts appearing around the galaxy. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Alex Kurtzman talked about how the episode “Brother” opened and how that tied in with the main character’s arc:
“What I love about that opening is that it jumps you to this incredible bird’s eye view perspective on how small we are in the universe, and how massive the cosmos are. Burnham is really going to be wrestling this season with her place in the universe and what her purpose is. Spock is doing the same.”
He also discussed the theme for the second season:
“Initially, it started as a conversation about the way in which Trek has dealt with the issue of [faith] versus science. In The Original Series, religion doesn’t exist. Yet, faith is something that has always been a major topic in different ways. The idea of this mystery that has no answer immediately suggests a presence or force greater than anything anyone has ever known. It was really intriguing to us.”
And he then tied of this in with how it relates to Spock:
“It sheds specific light on Spock’s dilemma at that point in his life. Spock has, as we all know, a very unique relationship to logic. And logic fails him in dealing with the Red Angel. He doesn’t know whether to turn to logic or emotions to solve the mystery.”
Behind the scenes on “Brother” with Alex Kurtzman and Tig Notaro
CBS has released a video featuring the Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner talking about directing the season opener and the changes he is making to the way the show is shot for the second season.
CBS has also released a video featuring Tig Notaro talking about her role of Jett Reno.
Red carpet photos
The cast of Star Trek: Discovery was in New York City for a red carpet premiere of the show on Thursday, and CBS has made a bunch of photos available from the event. Enjoy.
Yeoh beams in possible Section 31 ship hint from London
Michelle Yeoh missed the red carpet premiere. But to give fans something, she shared an image yesterday of her doing some post-production dialogue re-recording in London.
The Instagram image from the recording studio shows an image of a ship, which could be her new Section 31 ship for the second season, and maybe for her upcoming spin-off show now in development. The ship was first glimpsed in the final trailer for season two from December.
Stamets helps navigate Discovery times on Netflix
Anthony Rapp appears as Lt. Commander Stamets in a short video for Netflix viewers around the world to help them know when and where to watch Star Trek: Discovery.
Okudas happy for the nod in “Brother”
If you looked closely when Captain Pike’s record was shown in “Brother” you would have seen one of his listed commendations was the “Okuda Award,” a reference to veteran Star Trek designers Mike and Denise Okuda. Mike Okuda took to social media to express their thanks to the Discovery art department.
We were tickled to learn that the folks in the Discovery art department gave us a nice shout-out. We occasionally tried to do the same thing for friends in some of the Trek shows on which we worked, and it's a nice feeling when your colleagues give you a little nod. Thanks! https://t.co/qz1Uif6vHQ
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) January 20, 2019
Gram of the week
Star Trek: Discovery’s new captain had some fun after the premiere, sharing his special version of the distracted boyfriend meme. Anson Mounts adds the simple message to his predecessor Jason Isaacs, “Deal with it.”
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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