The second season finale of Star Trek: Discovery is halfway over, with “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” arriving next Thursday. We have already analyzed the trailer, and now we have some more details from one of the co-writers.
Finale had to be extended to wrap up the story and character journeys
As a guest on this week’s Ready Room, season two finale co-writer (and newly minted co-showrunner) Michelle Paradise explained why they needed to split the”Such Sweet Sorrow” into two parts:
It was originally just supposed to be one episode. We had thirteen episodes for the season and in trying to wrap up all the storylines and all the mythology, we developed the story — and the story was huge and the outline was huge and we realized it is not one episode of television. So, in order to do everything justice that we wanted to do – including all the character moments that we wanted to have – so, fortunately, our network partners said “have fun with another episode.” So, we did….There was so much story to tell and so much to wrap up and we really wanted to wrap up the characters’ journeys over the season and to try to squeeze that into one episode, we couldn’t have done it justice.
While careful to not reveal spoilers, she outlined the goals for the second part of the finale:
I can say there will be a battle, because he [Saru] says “prepare for battle.” If we didn’t have a battle, we would be really bad writers. You don’t want to end an episode teeing that up, and then not do it. What I can say is the mysteries that we have been exploring over the course of this season will be answered in what I feel is a satisfying way. The character journeys that we have been on will also be addressed in what I hope will be a satisfying way as well. And more adventures to come.
Paradise also hyped up the finale, and spoke about the hard work required to make it happen:
It is an exciting episode. I am so excited for people to see it. I just have to say for everyone for the whole two-part finale, everyone just brought so much to it, our cast, our crew. You [host Naomi Kyle] talked earlier about how it is basically a movie shoot, but we had TV time to do this movie shoot and our crew worked just so hard, day in and day out. Our actors were incredible. They brought their A game – A plus, A plus, plus, plus – every single day to every single moment. [Olatunde Osunsanmi] directed the two-part finale and just did an absolutely tremendous job with it. And enough cannot be said about our editors and our VFX people and everyone in the post department. When you watch it, it is everyone coming together every day and giving their best work and it shows on screen. Every part of it shows on screen. I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out and how everyone turned out and made it happen, willing it into existence in a very tight time frame.
Growing up with Star Trek and helping change the tone for Discovery season two
The Ready Room sit-down was Paradise’s first time talking about Star Trek since joining Discovery, and she talked about her personal connection to Star Trek and her favorite character:
I grew up watching the original Star Trek and in fact it was fun when I got this job I went back and back and started watching all the original episodes again. I didn’t get through all of them of course, but getting to go back and watch them again just reminded me how special the series is and it has so many different permutations now, but it all started with Gene Roddenberry and his ideas for looking up and looking to the stars and what it means when we are equal and when we’re judged by what we can do and not how we look or what species we are or anything like that. For me, the original Star Trek has a special place in my heart because of that…In terms of specific characters, I love Spock. The logic, the emotion, the constant pull of that. I find that not only dramatically interesting but just so human. Yes, I get that he is a Vulcan, I know that. But it is just such a human struggle and one that I relate to.
She also spoke about how she enjoyed the opportunity to lighten the tone for the show:
It was really fun. Of course we have our underlying mystery and the thing that is driving us towards the end of the season – the signals and the Angel and all of that stuff – but coming into this season was really an opportunity to find ways to lighten the tone a little bit, to have our characters have a little fun. That kind of tonal shift was exciting. That is something that [executive producer/showrunner] Alex [Kurtzman] is always looking to do – can we infuse some fun into this moment, amidst the adventure and drama and cool action and awesome science, all of that stuff. It was really fun to be part of. I really enjoyed it.
Making Control for Discovery
Paradise also spoke about the challenges posed in developing the second season’s main villain, Control:
For lack of a better word, the AI that does its own thing is something that has appeared in sci-fi before and we were looking for a way to do that that would be unique to our show and organic to our show and challenge our characters in a specific way. Thankfully we found a fantastic actor [Alan Van Sprang] to embody that character. And over the course of the season just finding ways to make that character and that entity formidable was one of the things we were challenged by and excited to do. So, from the time we realized this is a problem to the time we lose Airiam as a result of that to the threats to our heroes, the threats to the galaxy, all of that – we were just trying to find ways that were unique to Discovery.
Watch The Ready Room with Michelle Paradise
In the full video, Paradise also talks about the USS Enterprise sets, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, bringing back Po for the finale, all the emotion with Anson Mount’s Pike and Ethan Peck’s Spock and more.
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.
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