The second season episode “Light and Shadows” finally ended Star Trek: Discovery‘s search for Spock. Actor Ethan Peck has given a number of interviews to talk about his debut and what we can expect next for the character and his relationships. We have highlights below as well as some comments from Sarek actor James Frain.
NOTE: There are mild spoilers for next week’s episode below.
Exploring the war within the Sarek family
One of the big mysteries explored in the second season of Discovery is the long estrangement of Spock and his foster sister Michael Burnham. While he didn’t offer spoilers, Peck did discuss the reveal with Entertainment Tonight:
Ethan Peck: It’s super grounded and I think that really grounds our reality too because that’s such a universal conflict we all face—is the conflict between members of a family, within a family. There’s a lot left unresolved between Spock and Burnham that you’ll get to see unravel to the next season.
On the Ready Room after-show, Sarek actor James Frain also talked about Burnham’s secret, and how it will be revealed:
James Frain: I don’t think [Sarek] knows. I think that is something that she hid from them. She starts talking to Amanda about it, and she talks to Sarek about it later and it is like she wanted to protect them from the knowledge that Spock was difficult for her. And so, it was quite a lot hidden. And Sarek is that traditional father. When we first meet him he says “Spock, this is your new sister. I expect you to be friends.” And that’s it. Victorian dad has spoken. So, it is much later on in the story that he discovers that it was not plain sailing.
Later on the Ready Room, Frain talked about how things with the Sarek family are only getting more complicated:
James Frain: The story cranks up. Now that the war is over we are getting really into character and really into some of these darker, difficult stories with the family. So, it is a different kind of war. It is a domestic war.
In a brief video shared by the official Star Trek account on Twitter (see below), Peck talks more about the Michael and Spock dynamic:
Ethan Peck: From my perspective as Mr. Spock, I would say there is a lot of denial there. Michael was teaching Spock to be human because Amanda, his mother, agreed with Sarek to raise him as a Vulcan, even though he is half-human. And that part of him really remains unexplored I think, until this season …Michael is such an important part of his life and his identity and he has really ignored it for a long time. And it kind of comes out in a very ugly way that they need to make sense of together.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 2, 2019
Why Spock is headed to Talos IV
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Ethan Peck addressed why the one thing Spock was able to communicate in “Light and Shadows” was the coordinates to Talos IV:
Ethan Peck: Spock believes something in Talos will help ground him. Right? I think he’s fighting to stay present, to stay in reality, where he’s had this very traumatic experience with the Red Angel that’s sort of shown something within himself, to himself that he can’t quite make sense of. And so I think there’s a comfort going there and knowing that it’s like a touchstone almost. That it will bring him back to who he is.
Creating Spock’s origin story for season two, but no comment on season three
Regarding his portrayal of Spock in the second season, he described it as an “origin story” to ComicBook.com. And speaking to ET, Peck contrasted his Spock with the one we will see in TOS:
Ethan Peck: I think the best way I can put it is that he doesn’t quite have the wisdom that he will have in the future. He’s younger and wisdom is a result of accepting pain that you have in your life and this will be a period of discomfort for him and so that conflict between logic and emotion will be much more on the surface.
Finally, Syfy asked Peck if he will be returning for a third season, but the actor demurred:
Ethan Peck: You know I can’t answer that! [Peck says with a laugh] I wish I could. For now, I’m just pinching myself. I’m now a part of a greater community and family. Star Trek, for many people, is a really safe place. Like a beacon of hope. I don’t want to say a place of faith, but in a way, Starfleet represents this ideal notion of unity. And it’s a really beautiful sentiment.
Peck shares “Light and Shadows” photos
Ethan Peck has also shared a couple of fun behind-the-scenes photos from his first episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
James Frain talks Sarek
Actor James Frain had a lot to say on The Ready Room about shooting “Light and Shadows,” which was directed by his wife, Marta Cunningham. He talked about working with Ethan Peck, the shooting location for Sarek’s house (the Integral House), how he nodded off during the meditation scenes, and how he has approached the character of Sarek.
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.
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