SyFyWire scored an extensive interview from the cast and executive producers who were in attendance of the Star Trek: Discovery panel this weekend at PaleyFest LA. There are some juicy quotes to share, including some remarks that add some context to some of what was said in TrekMovie’s own interview with Kurtzman.
Season 2 finale will provide satisfying answers to fan questions
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has said a number of times that elements of Discovery that have been confusing will all make sense this season. He repeated that sentiment to SyFy, and when asked if there would be a satisfying answer to fans’ questions, Kurtzman went so far as to say: “I damn well think so, yes.”
Elaborating on that, he said:
We are entirely aware of everyone’s questions and criticisms; I’ve read everything, and I see where everyone’s like, ‘Well, the spore drive never existed!’ and ‘What, Discovery was never around!’ and all of those things, we’re totally aware. You will get an answer.
Rapp says the end of the season will “close the circle”
Anthony Rapp takes his fandom seriously. A casual Trek fan when he was cast, he decided to do a deep dive into a “best of” watch of most of the series before production started in season one. He addressed the concerns fans have had by saying:
I think that the last few episodes will really close the circle for people. If we’ve done our job, what was on the page … I haven’t seen them yet, but what was on the page in the scripts, closes the circle; it answers the questions that are lingering and remaining for people of how we fit in. And I believe very strongly that it will leave people satisfied. … As someone who cares about continuity, to some degree, I was like, ‘If this doesn’t make people happy, I don’t know what else we can do.’
Pike and Spock will get a “send-off” and return to the Enterprise
Producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin also spoke about new fan favorite Anson Mount and his character Captain Pike.
Kurtzman: “We will sync up with canon, and obviously if you know the story of Captain Pike, you know what his fate was. It won’t be exactly what you think this season, but we will be consistent with that story. There will be a dimension shed on that story that you will not have known or have thought of.”
Kadin: “If anything it’s not going to feel like a send-off, because I think that’s what everyone thinks is going to happen. I think it will just become incredibly clear why he’s not continuing on, cause he has to go do TOS, so we have to make sense of that.”
Saru actor Doug Jones also discussed how the Enterprise crew members were only on loan to the USS Discovery and will go back their beloved ship at the end of the season:
We knew going in that we only had him [Pike] temporarily, because we borrowed him from the Enterprise, right? … He and Spock have to go back, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One, we can’t hold them all forever or The Original Series can’t play as it was filmed.
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