Tonight, Star Trek: Discovery returns with the 12th episode of the season, “Through the Valley of Shadows.” To get you ready we have gathered all the bits of Discovery news from around the web.
Get ready for awesome Pike, Zelda, and L’Rell’s new dress in “Through the Valley of Shadows”
Tonight’s episode is co-written by Erika Lippoldt and Bo Yeon Kim. Lippoldt took to Twitter to let fans know the episode includes “some awesome Anson Mount moments,” and more. Her co-writer joined in, saying the episode also features a reference to the Nintendo Legend of Zelda franchise.
AND a sneaky Legend of Zelda reference. https://t.co/maJWLIikKF
— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) April 4, 2019
Tonight will see the return of Mary Chieffo as Chancellor L’Rell, which has the actress excited, even creating a poem for the occasion.
Bloodwine is red
The rumors are true
Mother Chancellor is back
In Captain Pike’s Ready Room! pic.twitter.com/a1E4SXmqGb
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) April 4, 2019
And in case you missed it, last November Chieffo shared a fun lipsync video shot during the production of tonight’s episode, revealing that L’Rell is a fan of Demi Lovato.
Little Known Fact: Chancellor L’Rell is a huge fan of Demi Lovato 🖤❤️🖤 @ddlovato @shazad @startrekcbs @StarTrek @CBSAllAccess @CBSTVStudios #StarTrekDiscovery #behindthescenes #season2 #ChancellorLRell #Confident #DemiLovato pic.twitter.com/bPM5YAzUsd
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) November 14, 2018
Van Sprang talks Control takeover and Borg similarities
One of the big things that had fans buzzing after last week’s episode was Section 31’s Leland being taken over by the AI Control. In a new interview with SyFy, actor talks about how he is playing this new version:
So, what research do you do? Did you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey? Did you watch The Terminator? Did you watch dare I say it… the Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation?
[Laughs] Honestly, I didn’t really do much to prepare for it. I was informed and privy to all of that stuff you mentioned. I certainly knew about the Borg. I’m a big Next Generation fan, I’ve seen those since I was in high school, right along with the Terminator. But my take on doing something like that was that there’s a fine line. Is Control a robot that’s becoming a human or a robot pretending to be human? I think it’s the second one, so I tried to make it as natural as possible.
With Leland — as himself — I always tried to make him cool and coy. My eye lines were distant, I’d never give people too much eye contact. But, once he became this A.I., I set my eyes directly on the other cast members. That’s the change I made. This computer is smart enough, that it was trying to portray a human as part of its being. So, I tried to play it a bit more human than just being robotic, like the Terminator or whatever.
Speaking to StarTrek.com, Van Sprang address the Borg question more directly:
A lot of the chatter online compared what happened to Leland to someone being assimilated by the Borg. The line, “Struggle is pointless” certainly echoes “Resistance is futile.” Some fans are surmising that Leland might be the first Borg. What’s your take?
AvS: I think it’s very intriguing. When I first read the script I thought, “Oh, is this the making of the Borg? Is that how it happens?” We’re as much in the dark as anybody else, but as soon as I saw that, I thought, “This is like The Borg.” The Next Generation‘s Borg episode just blew my mind [when I watched it originally], let alone when Picard became Locutus. That’s the first thing I thought of, which kind of tickled me to no end. “Wow, I’m just going to milk this for all it’s worth.”
Season 2 finale mix complete as writing continues for season 3
On Tuesday new co-showrunner Michelle Paradise shared a tweet showing a cake celebrating the final mixing session for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. The season finale – co-written by Paradise with Alex Kurtzman – will be released on April 18th.
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) April 2, 2019
Speaking of what’s coming next, the official account for the Star Trek: Discovery writers room – currently working on season three – shared a spoiler of sorts.
Overheard in the room: “I just want some of that antennae action.”
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) April 2, 2019
Writers for other Trek shows also at work
Speaking of folks typing away, Picard show executive producer and writer Michael Chabon shared this image from producer Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout offices with a mural of Discovery character Michael Burnham watching him as he works.
And Star Trek: Lower Decks executive producer Michael McMahan shared a fun tweet, noting he is hard at work on the upcoming animated comedy.
— Mike McMahan (@MikeMcMahanTM) April 4, 2019
Cruz credit being fixed
Some fans noted how even though he appeared in last week’s episode, actor Wilson Cruz did not receive any on screen credit. On Twitter the actor noted it was just “human error” and was being fixed.
No worries. Just human error. It’s being rectified, if not already. https://t.co/lddNEMIRoY
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) March 30, 2019
Behind the scenes
Anson Mount may not be returning for the third season, but he is excited to talk about his work on the second. The actor shared a photo of the USS Discovery bridge set with the simple message “The office.”
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) April 2, 2019
Young Burnham actress Arista Arhin shared a photo of herself on set for episode 209 with Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes to celebrate Will Riker Day.
— Arista Arhin (@aristaarhin) April 2, 2019
CBS also shared an image of Arhin on set with her older self, Sonequa Martin-Green.
Visual effects artist Timothy Peel shared some details on what it takes to put together shots on set for Discovery, noting that in many shots on the Section 31 ship there are as many as 20 active screens in view of the camera.
#StarTrekDiscovery The Section 31 ship has so many screens on the bridge! The first shot has 20 screens in view. Georgiou and Leland are standing by the engineering section. Warp core and various ship systems can be seen in the background. pic.twitter.com/9uE8svcW5l
— Timothy Peel (@timothypeel1) March 31, 2019
More fun from social media
Anson Mount continues to get in on meming himself.
How to watch “Through the Valley of Shadows”
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.
“Through the Valley of Shadows” will be released on All Access on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. It will air on Space at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT on the same night. It will be available on Netflix the next morning, Friday, March 29th, 2019.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.