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 with actor Anthony Rapp about the spore drive, what’s next for Stamets, and how he sees the second season wrapping up, leading into season three.
What is the deal with the spore drive? Is it still hurting the mycelial network? Is it fully functional?
My understanding is what was happening to the jahSepp was because of Culber’s presence in the mycelial network. That there was a kind of a “what’s happening?” when we would come through and a “what is that?” And then the damage that was being done is that Hugh was there and covering himself with the bark. So, it was a misunderstanding, as Trek does so many times when you think one thing is the problem and it turns out it is not the problem. So, that is my understanding. Going through the mycelial network is not doing any harm, as long as we are not doing any of the things that Hugh was doing.
What about the harm to Stamets, wasn’t it driving him crazy in season one?
Well, I’m not sure. It’s an intense experience, but what was really intense in season one was the 135 jumps. That was crazy, to do 135 jumps was crazy. I think—I don’t know for sure—but my understanding is that doing individual jumps in a controlled situation, that in of itself is not a harmful thing.
At the beginning of the season, Stamets had no purpose on the Discovery and was going to leave to go to Vulcan. Is that now resolved and Stamets is back on Team Discovery?
I think at this point in the story it is sort of like—not necessarily one foot in and one foot out, but not totally resolved perfectly. But, leaning towards more and more part of this crew again.
Are you bringing back some of season one gruff, especially when Stamets was dealing with [Jett Reno]? You got nice by the end of season one, but there is still some grouchy Stamets?
There is grouchy Stamets, but grouchy Stamets is only there when there is work to be done. Grouchy Stamets doesn’t suffer fools and waste time. So, it’s not like just randomly being mean to people. If you are interfering with my ability to do my job, I might get a little grouchy with you.
What can you say about the final four episodes and any wishes for season three?
What I can say about the final four is if we have done our job—based on what was on the page and based on the work we did on set—there should be hopefully a sense of powerful completion to all the stories and all the threads we have been carrying for these first two seasons. And then we are going to go—that will lead us into something really cool for season three.
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