Ethan Peck Says He Brings An Element Of Danger To Spock On ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Tonight Star Trek: Discovery moves into the second half of the second season. “If Memory Serves” will feature Ethan Peck’s second appearance as Spock in the series, and the actor is talking more about the role. We have that plus all the Discovery news bits to get you ready.

Peck talks Spock

Today CBS released another promotion video on Twitter featuring Ethan Peck speaking about his Spock on Star Trek: Discovery. He makes it clear, this is a different Spock that is building up to the Spock we know, saying:

We are not building off what [Leonard] Nimoy did in The Original Series, but sort of building towards. Spock from The Original Series is kind of the light at the end of the tunnel. This is a Spock who has been really overrun by the inherent conflict of being half-Human/half-Vulcan.

Peck adds:

I hope I bring danger to the character.

Peck was also a guest on the CBS chat show The Talk, where he talked about the emotional journey he took towards landing the role of Spock.

More hype for “If Memory Serves”

CBS has also been having some fun with where the show is headed tonight, a subject we devoted a whole article to yesterday.

Also talking up tonight’s episode is Doug Jones, who has some fun with a publicity image released for “If Memory Serves,” joking it looks like Saru is about to break out into song and dance.

And Wilson Cruz – who did not appear in last week’s episode – reveals tonight is different with “My full heart on display.”

Joining in on the anticipation train is Hannah Cheesman, who is highlighting the latest mystery involving her already mysterious character Airiam.

And editor Scott Gamzon shared how cutting tonight’s episode brought back his youth.

Discovery PaleyFest panel to be live streamed

On March 24th PaleyFest Los Angeles will be host to a Star Trek: Discovery panel featuring stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount, Mary Chieffo, Tig Notaro, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn, and Michelle Yeoh. This will be followed by a panel for the newest CBS All Access show, The Twilight Zone. Tickets for both are still available. And today the Paley Center announced an option for those not available to attend in person with their new PaleyTV video on demand service which will allow you to watch many of the panels – Including the CBS Star Trek/Twilight Zone panel – live or later on demand. The live stream package of all available programs costs $7.99, and select individual events can be purchased on-demand for $1.99 each shortly after the live events take place. For more information on PaleyTV including the streaming schedule and how to purchase programs, as well as attend in person, please visit

Behind the scenes

Rounding things out, we have some of the latest bits of behind the scenes shares on social media, starting with composer Jeff Russo scoring for Discovery.

And the official Star Trek Twitter account shared a behind-the-scenes image of “Light and Shadows” director Marta Cunningham with Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yoeh.

Discovery Season 2, Episode 8 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.

If Memory Serves” 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, March 8th, 2019.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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I’m really happy to see tonight’s episode. Hopefully Spock doesn’t get the death penalty for visiting Talos IV again with Michael Burnham by his side. Ethan Peck has a unique style on the character. Way better than Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto combined.

“Way better than Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto combined.”

Oh boy… This ought to go over well.

Good thing you are not in my Empire. Or you would find you’re self in the Agony Booth.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire I will kill you before the Agony Booth myself lol

Hmm Well. Good thing I know about a Certin Tantalus Field. Muhahahahah

ML31 who is better Spock? Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto?

I’m just going to speak for ML31 and say Nimoy. I’m going to speak for the other 99% and still say Nimoy.

I think that’s an accurate general consensus. I love Quinto’s performance, but I always thought of his portrayal as a specific product of the Kelvinverse. Nimoy is the indelible original.

Even Quinto would say Nimoy and without false modesty.

I like Quinto and would of have been happy for him to reprise the role on DSC. I must admit thought that he came across a little too angry, particularly in the first 2 movies and even before The destruction of Vulcan. Of course he was also playing a younger Spock and by doing it first I think he will have made it easier for fans to accept Peck’s more emotional version.

Quinto has only played Spock in 3 movies, about 7 hours worth of Trek.
Nimoy had a warmer authenticity to his portrayal, more sedate but affectionate at the right moments.
Quinto plays for more of the action man and emotional side of Spock.
Two actors who put their own spin on a character, which is exactly the right thing to do.

Dude?? You really need to ask??

Nimoy, obviously. But that does not address your comment. Why the attempt to move away from your original statement?

The TOS river movies have crashed at an opportune time. I would definitely rather see the Disco crew in a Star Trek movie and Ethan Peck on the big screen. This would be a good solution to recast Kirk et al and abort the Kelvin timeline all together.

Professor Spock… you are certainly an interesting character in the comments section :-)

Ixley thank you

“Way better than Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto combined.”
after what… 5 minutes screentime and basicly no dialoge.
Come on… try harder! Ridiculous!

Based on last week’s ep, Peck is 600 hundred to 1,150 times better than Nimoy. And 300,000 to 920,000 times better than Quinto. After just one ep, Peck has established himself as an all-time Top Five Trek Actor; the only ones on his level are Whoopi Goldbreg, Patrick Stuart, and Mary Wiseman.

LOL. I get what you did there. :)

I really enjoyed Ethan Peck…still I ask…you are joking right??

I don’t know about way better than Nimoy, he has definitely taken over proprietorship of the role. And, he has definitely made Spock hot.

You’ve nailed it Ma El.

But give us another couple of episodes and we may all be sharing Professor Spock’s view.

They should reference “The Cage”. I don’t think Pike likes being there again.

You just wait… :-)

Well This Should be good. I hope they keep the look and the feel of the Cage and with the Leaves. I hope we see The Keeper and the Original way they looked. Complete with the Planet Scene. Would love to here some of the Original Music as well. Here is Hoping.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire I’m not afraid of you. Ethan Peck is hot. You will end up like Lorca. Agony booths can’t hurt me. I’m invincible!

Ethan Peck is not hot. He is CRAZY HOT.

Yes, Luke, good lord yes he is


Oh yes!! You will be afraid!! I have Enhanced them. Unlike The Weak Empress that was before me. Muhahahaha

Well Emperor Mike I just finished the episode and all I can say is you won’t be disappointed, this is a very worthy follow-up to Star Trek’s original pilot episode!

To all the international viewers:

You can find a lot of the region-locked Discovery content, such as interviews and promo clips, on the Star Trek Netflix account.

You *do not* need to login in to Facebook to view this content.

Sometimes Facebook is glitchy, so if you land on that page and see zero videos, just click the “video” label on the left menu. The video quality of these clips is much better than the ones found on Netflix’s Star Trek twitter.

Ixley do you use Facebook?

I do not use Facebook, but I do visit a lot of the publicly accessible Facebook pages of my favorite TV shows and movies.

Talos IV is like the Guardian of Forever

I’m so excited. And I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control. And I think I like it?

I will always remember the day, just months before his passing, when I went to Nimoy’s house and spent the day asking him questions and hearing his life stories. Of all the souls I’ve encountered in my travels….

I just recently saw the Spock documentary his son Adam made. An incredible life for sure. Must’ve been something to hear those stories firsthand.

Leonard was such a lovely man. To this day though, it still saddens me that he and Bill Shatner became estranged at the end.

Yeha, because that is what Spock always needed… an element of danger.

That “element of danger” is intrinsic to Spock’s character, if you have ever watched TOS. It is how Spock was written and how Nimoy played him. It is no coincidence they named his species Vulcan. Calm and stoic on the outside but always in danger to erupt with deadly consequences.

On behalf of queer Trek fans, Ethan Peck is so sexy, fracking adorable. Neither Leonard Nimoy’s or Zachary Quinto’s Spock was ever so broodingly f§€kable. Leonard Nimoy had his geek sexy moments, but Peck is now my official favorite successor in the role, sorry Quinto.