There are a few things to share with fans who want to get caught up before tonight’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, so dive into our latest Disco Bits.
Culber has been through a lot, tonight’s episode has memorable “Culmets” scene
Wilson Cruz did a brief media tour to promote his return to Star Trek: Discovery, speaking to Build and Buzzfeed (see videos below). While he did briefly appear in a recording in the first episode of the season, tonight’s “Saints of Imperfection” is when he is actually back on the show, although he didn’t provide any specifics on how he is being resurrected. The actor did talk about growing out his hair and beard so he can depict the disheveled state we find Culber in tonight’s episode (as seen in the preview image sent out earlier this week), telling Build:
He has been through a lot. He has been through this place for months. We have to remember the Klingon war has been over for I think nine months. So, he has been in this plane for nine months. So there are consequences. We really wanted to make sure that people understood when you see him in that first moment, what he has been through.
Cruz also talked about shooting Culber’s reunion with Anthony Rapp’s Stamets:
It is a lovely scene. They wrote it beautifully. So, it made it that much easier. And what a relief. I don’t want to spoil it, but we had a few moments on this series—first and second season—where he and I look at each other and go “let’s remember this moment.” The toothbrush scene was one of those. Our first kiss was another one. And this scene would be included.
The actor also clarified something about the Culmets relationship:
They have been together quite a long time. They are not married… maybe some day they will be, but they have been together for a long time and it was important for us to feel that.
Cruz talked about how the cast and the producers are aware of how fans responded to the show’s first season:
This fan base is deep and wide and passionate and they aren’t afraid of letting us know what works and what doesn’t work. And I think our job is to listen. As long as you come to us in a respectful way, we are open to hearing that. And when you watch season two, you realize that the producers and the network have also been listening to the fans. I think all of us are incredibly proud of what we created this season and I think we finally got what Discovery is. We are presenting to you the show we always wanted to make.
Watch the videos below.
Mount talks Pike, Kirk, and Spock
Speaking to Collider, Anson Mount contrasted his Pike, with the character of James T. Kirk:
My instinct about him is that he’s much more by the Starfleet code of conduct than Kirk. He can seem like a bore in that, if you look at him just from that angle. But the writers did such a great job of bringing levity to the character. It’s not often something that I get asked to play. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor, but people keep hiring me to point a gun and snarl.
He also spoke about Pike’s relationship with Spock:
If Pike has one magic power, it’s his ability to turn the bridge into a bigger brain, and you can only do that from a place of egoless-ness, which is the thing I love the most about Christopher Pike. It’s fascinating because Ethan told me that he thinks that Spock looks at Pike as a big brother type, and that he values the friendship, and I said, “Wow, I’m not sure Pike knows that. I think Spock probably keeps that bottled up.” And he said, “Oh, absolutely! Absolutely, he keeps it bottled up.” I think that Spock is maybe Pike’s most valuable resource because of his ability to look at things so coldly. He is dependable, in his ability to give a different viewpoint, every time, and he is unafraid to do so because he considers it part of his job. So, I think that Pike really tries to cultivate the friendship, and he thinks that Spock is confused by the concept of friendship, but he’s really not.
Saru’s workplace advice
CBS released (as did Netflix) another one of their cute videos of a fictional character from Discovery offering real-life advice:
Some fun behind-the-scenes moments with the Klingon characters have been shared on social media recently, including L’Rell actor Mary Chieffo showing how carefully she eats lunch.
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Kenneth Mitchell (Kol-Sha) cradling the prop baby from “Point of Light.”
A closer look at the Klingon bassinet
and L’Rell’s new bladed weapons made for Discovery by Walter Klassen FX.
Romijn talks Number One
CBS released a promotional video after last week’s episode which focused on Rebecca Romijn’s debut as Number One.
Filed under TMI: Romijn’s husband is into the Number One look
Speaking of Romijn, Extra covered the actress and her husband hosting a rescue dog show event, where Jerry O’Connell revealed his wife’s new look is really working for him. Watch the segment below.
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. “Saints of Imperfection” will be released on All Access and Space on Thursday, February 14th, 2019, and on Netflix Friday, February 15th, 2019.