Tonight, Star Trek: Discovery will show us what’s next after hearing the code name “Project Daedalus” from Airiam in the final minutes of last week’s episode. Cast and crew have taken to social media to hype tonight’s episode “The Red Angel,” plus there are more cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes photos.
Excitement for “The Red Angel”
Episode director Hanelle Culpepper shared this look behind the scenes, showing how directors can preview VR mockups of sets that are still being built. The corner of the room with the VR rig had of course been made to look like a holodeck—and features some art from fan Laz Marquez (@lazmarquez) on the wall.
Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell) returns this week and she posted a nice sentiment that seems in character for Cornwell, saying “out of tragedy comes new strength.”
— Jayne Brook (@thejaynebrook) March 20, 2019
Anthony Rapp (Stamets) took to social media to share his excitement for the scenes he gets with Michelle Yeoh. Mirror Georgiou meets Prime Stamets! Wonder what she’ll think of him.
Look! In @startrekcbs episode 210, which drops Thursday on @CBSAllAccess & @SpaceChannel (& on Friday in the rest of the world on @StarTrekNetflix), I get to have a scene with the incomparable #MichelleYeoh — a week after my scene with @ethangpeck’s Spock! WHAT IS MY LIFE???!!! pic.twitter.com/CFCzX08IFx
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) March 21, 2019
More fan questions answered
CBS has been taking fan questions throughout the season and asking the stars of the second season selected questions.
First up is a great question: “What are your favorite Star Trek episodes outside of Discovery?”
Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Sonequa Martin-Green were interviewed, selecting TNG’s “The Inner Light,” TOS’ “The Menagerie, and TOS’ “Journey to Babel,” respectively.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 20, 2019
Next up the trio was asked, “When did it finally dawn on you that you were part of Star Trek?”
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 19, 2019
Culber’s love is “just out of reach”
An important ongoing story this season is the resurrection of Hugh Culber. His return is not without a price, as it left him a different person, and he’s going through something no one else can really comprehend. CBS posted a video of Rapp and Cruz explaining the places each character finds themselves.
Costume designer teases favorite costume for season two is yet to be seen
Costume designer Gersha Phillips was recently interviewed for Shondaland, where she discusses her process, getting the right fabrics, and more. Perhaps the most tantalizing bit was when she was asked about her favorite costumes.
AB: Do you have a favorite costume you’ve created for the show? Or are they all like your children?
GP: They do end up being that, but I feel really great about the Mirror Universe costumes in general. It was an awesome journey and they look so great, like Georgiou and Burnham’s costumes. With season 2 you’ll have to wait to see my favorites. There are some costumes that I’m really excited about and I think we surpassed everything that we’ve done.
Arista Arhin: Playing young Michael Burnham is “challenging and thrilling”
Canadian actress Arista Arhin has been knocking it out of the park as young Michael Burnham. She recently spoke to Harlton Empire about Discovery and her show Bajillionaires that runs on the Family Channel in Canada.
Portraying Young Michael Burnham was both challenging and thrilling. She is a new character within the iconic Star Trek universe, and as such it was a bit intimidating to try to find her authentic place as an adopted sister to the universally known Spock and his family. In addition, she is the first human to be raised on Vulcan and considering her constant internal conflict between her human and her adopted Vulcan, logic-driven side, was at times perplexing. On the other hand, actors dream of roles like this one, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play such a complex character at such a young age, and over the course of two seasons of the show. I am truly honoured to be part of it.
Arhin has been posting behind-the-scenes shots of her time on set. She shared her very first appearance as Michael with James Frain back in season one as part of birthday wishes for the Sarek actor.
— Arista Arhin (@aristaarhin) March 19, 2019
Ethan Peck makes cover of CBS Watch magazine
Looking quite chic in white, the new Spock, Ethan Peck is on the cover of the latest CBS Watch magazine.
The March/April edition of CBS’ Watch! magazine, which was released earlier this week, features covers with series/film star Nina Dobrev (Fam), daytime drama legend Melody Thomas Scott (celebrating her 40th year on The Young and the Restless) and the newest Spock, Ethan Peck.
Talking about the Discovery‘s place in today’s pop culture landscape, Peck says:
I feel like what’s going on in the world right now—the news, the media, the stories of hatred versus love—it’s so polarizing… This show feels like the perfect antidote to that. It’s this vision of a welcoming and loving future where there’s acceptance and unity. It’s where diversity is second nature and acceptance is first, and we’re all searching for a better way to live unified.
The former Captain Lorca, Jason Isaacs, was interviewed by Radio Times. The subject of fans guessing the twist about his character came up, and ever the cheeky personality, he replied:
In Star Trek, a couple of people did guess correctly. In amongst the thousands of people, a few people were correct, infinite number of monkeys, infinite number of keyboards—somebody’s going to come up with a right theory at some point.
He added that he’s been watching season two and loves it.
I love Star Trek. I loved being on it. I thought the second season was fantastic. And I’m interested in what the fans are thinking and what they’re suggesting. I read it all.
A look behind the scenes
Fan and Discovery cast favorite Jonathan Frakes was photographed hard at work on last week’s episode.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 20, 2019
Graphic designer for Discovery shows off display graphics from 209.
#startrekdiscovery With each passing episode I am excited to reveal more of the mystery of the Red Angel and the red signals. On-set fact: Burnham and Spock are standing in front of a real transparent screen. All graphics were live when they shot the scene! pic.twitter.com/mNX5NKSQXl
— Timothy Peel (@timothypeel1) March 18, 2019
Airiam’s gotta see where she’s going. Hannah Cheesman shared this photo of her nearly cyborg’ed self.
This foto may require explanation. Before helmet, ears, lips and eyes, I would limbo it comme ça. The crew and cast got SUCH a kick outta these glasses — but a humanoid’s gotta see! #airiam #contacts #peepers #augmentedhuman #ReadyForMyCU #LLAP #AllStarTrek #paradise @startrekcbs pic.twitter.com/1duSlG5wPy
— Hannah Cheesman (@HannahCheesman) March 20, 2019
A cyborg in a space suit using a smartphone…
When technology goes techno, when cyber begets cyber, when things get so meta your brain EXPLODES! #airiam #LLAP #cybernetics #augmentedhuman #TechnologyGoesTechno #CyberOnCyber #BTS @startrekcbs @CBSAllAccess @StarTrekNetflix pic.twitter.com/vwRDRO47Id
— Hannah Cheesman (@HannahCheesman) March 19, 2019
As they often do, the cast and crew who are available gather for viewing parties. Star Sonequa Martin-Green shared this photograph of the gang assembled for the episode 209 party last week.
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Viewing Party/Birthday Gathering for Episode 9, the last for our dearly beloved @hannahshazaam 🎉😢🎉 You’re brilliant lady. We were truly favored to have you and will never be the same from your art and contribution. ♥️ Happy Belated James! #startrekdiscovery #showfamily #discothursdays
The meeting of the Spocks: Ethan Peck posted this picture on the set of “If Memory Serves” where he traded off scenes with his younger self as Spock and Burnham shared their painful memory.
Peck’s logical reply to Takei
A few weeks ago George Takei made it clear he approved of this new Spock, and Peck was quick to reply with Takei’s trademark “ooh my!” back at him.
— Ethan Peck (@ethangpeck) March 13, 2019
How to watch “The Red Angel”
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 Red Angel” will be released on All Access on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. It will air on Space at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT on the same night. It will be available on Netflix the next morning, Friday, March 22nd, 2019.
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