Before a new episode premieres tonight, we have a few Discovery cast and crew interviews and goings on to bring you.
Teases for “The Sound of Thunder”
Tonight’s new Discovery episode is the continuation of Saru’s storyline. Saru actor Doug Jones chatted about the episode with the official Star Trek site. There’s quite a bit to it, but here’s a few interesting quotes.
On getting to unlock a new chapter of Saru thanks to the mysterious sphere in “An Obol For Charon”:
That episode alone was something above and beyond for me. To play it and then to watch it back has been a very fulfilling and satisfying experience as an actor. The writers gave me such a chance to play emotion that I haven’t played as any character before, let alone a creature. And to see, having lived in fear, and that being a part of what I had to ingest as an actor to play this character, now that fear is gone. That just turned the page completely for me as an actor in this role.
On Saru’s ethical conflict around the truth of the Kelpien life-cycle:
Now I’m faced with the huge conflict of General Order One, the Prime Directive. I cannot go back into my pre-warp society and say “Hey, everybody, guess what!” It’s not up to me. So, this is a huge conflict because I could save my entire species, and I have the power and information to do so. And it’s… Think of it! Think of the conflict!
Also, if you haven’t seen “The Brightest Star” already Doug suggests you watch it before the new episode. It’s the one Short Treks that people really should watch, it offers up good background information and helps flesh out Saru and his life on Kaminar a bit.
BEFORE episode 206 of @startrekcbs airs, review Short Trek “The Brightest Star” to see my humble beginnings as Saru, and remember on what terms I left my sister and home planet. Then remember what we learned about the Kelpien “Vahar’ai” and what it taught me in episode 204. pic.twitter.com/NIhDQgkV9g
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) February 19, 2019
Also, co-writer Bo Yeon Kim shared some insights into the red Kelpien flowers, which are named as a tribute to a friend who passed away.
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This red flower (as seen in Star Trek: Discovery’s “The Brightest Star,” #204 and soon in #206) is the fredalia, native to Saru’s homeplanet Kaminar. It was named after our friend Frederick Kim, who was a physician by training and a writer by calling. A few years ago, Fred passed away tragically due to a sudden brain aneurysm. Gone too soon, with so many stories left untold. He loved all things Star Trek, and wrote “Forgotten Light,” a short story that was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VII (Pocket Books). His legacy lives on in this flower that will forever be part of the Star Trek canon. Keep an eye out for fredalias in this week’s new episode of #StarTrekDiscovery, written by @erikalippoldt and yours truly 🌹
And Airiam actress Hannah Cheesman also hyped tonight’s episode.
Trek Trek Trek! Look at this lovely image from tonight’s ep, elegant in all blue. But it’s not all blue tonihht! We get a peek at Saru’s homeland @DougJones and hang with his sister Siranna @hannahjspear !!! #trek #startrek #startrekcbs #kelpien #airiam #robot #human #girl pic.twitter.com/NbskCcY0T3
— Hannah Cheesman (@HannahCheesman) February 21, 2019
Sonequa Martin-Green featured in cover story of Emmy magazine
Michael Burnham herself, Sonequa Martin-Green is gracing the cover of Emmy magazine this month. The feature includes quotes from the actress herself as well as cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery.
Speaking about taking on the responsiblity of leading the series, Martin-Green said:
I’ve discovered I have such a great capacity to carry the weight of this show. What I’ve learned is there’s your capacity, and then you’re stretched beyond it, you know? That’s how you grow — you have to break the muscle to build it.
The actress also talked about the arcs for the characters on the show, saying:
Our characters are not complete yet. They’re still figuring out who they are. There’s so much more to learn.
Of course the other big genre show she was on, The Walking Dead, came up in the discussion, Martin-Green says she sees some similarities between TWD and Discovery:
On both series, you have people who come together for different reasons, for Star Trek, people came together on purpose, and in The Walking Dead, people were thrown together, yet you still have these people who are inherently different fighting for a common goal: a better future.
Extra has also released a behind-the-scenes video of the Emmy magazine photoshoot which includes Martin-Green talking about Trek tech.
Cast at Designers Guild Awards
Sonequa Martin-Green, Wilson Cruz, and Mary Chieffo joined costumer designer Gersha Philips at the Designers Guild Awards. Gersha and Discovery were up for the Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television costume category, but sadly it lost out to Westworld.
— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 20, 2019
All smiles with #CDGA nominee @gershaphillips with @startrekcbs cast members @marythechief, @SonequaMG and @wcruz73! @CostumeAwards #CostumeDesign #StarTrekDiscovery 📷: @people @EW pic.twitter.com/parjPzEtw3
— Impact24 PR (@Impact24PR) February 20, 2019
Mary Wiseman gets hitched, the Discovery cast is there to partake in the festivities
Congratulations to Mary Wiseman who got married over the weekend to her fiancee Noah. The couple got engaged in April 2018. Some of her Discovery co-stars were there for the big day and a few shared some images on social media.
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I will take good care of you I will take good care of you Everything you feel is good If you would only let you I will wash your hair at night And dry it off with care I will see your body bare And still I will live here So stay with me Hold my hand There’s no need To be brave And all the quiet nights you bear Seal them up with care No one needs to know they’re there For I will hold them for you ‘Cause all I ever wanted is here All I ever wanted All I want is Always you It’s always you And we’re not out of the tunnel I bet you though there's an end Stay with me Hold my hand There's no need To be brave And while you sleep I'll be scared So by the time you wake I'll be brave. @lesloups @cortanabrides @theonebridalny @reivamakeup @snakula
Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp shared photos from the celebratory weekend on social media
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) February 18, 2019
Discovery Episode 6 Debuts Tonight
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 Sound of Thunder” will be released on All Access on tonight at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. It will air on Space at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT tonight. It will be available on Netflix tomorrow morning, Friday, February 22nd, 2019.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.