On Sunday the cast and creatives from Star Trek: Discovery held a panel at PaleyFest Los Angeles (see our recap). While there, TrekMovie had a chance to talk to some of the Discovery crew about season two and beyond, including the new Spock, Ethan Peck. You can watch the red carpet video below the transcript highlights.
Do you see this season as an arc from “The Cage” and dealing with your sister to an endpoint with Spock in the first season of TOS?
Yeah sort of. I think that overshoots it. I think by a decade, because currently in the season of Discovery we are ten years before The Original Series, three years after “The Cage.” So, ultimately, yes Leonard Nimoy’s Spock is the light at the end of the tunnel, but in terms of this season, this is just the beginning of his journey to becoming the Mr. Spock we know from TOS.
You did a lot of research on Leonard Nimoy – like even the way you say “sensors” – Are these conscious things for you to imbue Nimoy-ness?
Yeah, definitely. He is from Boston and you can hear that a little in the way he speaks as Spock. So, I really wanted to bring that in. I don’t know where “sensors”—I don’t know where he got that from, but it is essential to him. So, I wasn’t going to overlook that.
In all your research into Leonard Nimoy, what the biggest thing you picked up that has influenced your interpretation?
That’s a great question. Probably how deeply empathetic he is, how deeply human he is. And also, really what amazing – so, the first book he wrote – I am Not Spock – was mostly not read or dismissed. People interpret it as him disowning the character. And it was more like in defense of Nimoy, because he had become so much like Spock and Spock had become such a big part of who he was. And to understand the closeness he had with Spock as Leonard was really amazing and speaks to the depths of to which he went with Spock.
Can you talk about the instant chemistry you formed with Sonequa Martin-Green? Did you prep for that, or did it just kind of work?
It just kind of worked, to be honest. I think we just have great respect for one another. We just both jumped into the sibling rivalry thing and that kind of carries on off-set. I think we just lucked out with chemistry. She was just so willing and I was.
Can you say anything about the final four episodes?
What I can say is that I have been a part of it. I have filmed it. I have been inside of it. And I can’t wait to see it. I think it is going to be so stupendous.
Do you expect to back for the third season?
I can’t say.
With Anson Mount leaving a lot of fans are clamoring for the idea of you and Rebecca [Romijn] and Anson having a spin-off, or a Short Trek or something on the Enterprise. Is that something you would be interested in?
Yeah, I think it would be pretty cool.
Has there been any discussion about that?
I can’t say. [laughs]
Watch the video interview with Peck
More from PaleyFest LA
In case you missed it, we also covered Alex Kurtzman’s comments about the upcoming Picard show from PaleyFest. TrekMovie has more coverage from PaleyFest, including red carpet interviews. So stay tuned.
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