The second season of Star Trek: Discovery wraps up this Thursday, in which it’s expected we’ll see the departure of Captain Pike, as Anson Mount is already confirmed to not be part of the third season. However, fans are not ready to say goodbye to Pike and Anson Mount wants them to know he appreciates their feelings.
Asking for more Pike
Since he first came on board in the second season premiere (“Brother”), Mount has been widely praised for his portrayal of Captain Christopher Pike, the captain of the USS Enterprise seen in Star Trek‘s first pilot, “The Cage.” In part one of the season finale, which aired last Thursday, Captain Pike returned to his command on the USS Enterprise and handed over command of the USS Discovery to Commander Saru. The first part of “Such Sweet Sorrow” also featured brand new sets for the USS Enterprise, including the iconic bridge which was built on its own soundstage as opposed to being just a redress of another regularly used set.
Even before the first part of “Such Sweet Sorrow” aired, many fans were lamenting Pike’s coming departure. Though canon dictates that he would have to return to the USS Enterprise—as Pike remains in command until Captain Kirk takes over the ship—it is hard for many to say goodbye to both the character and the actor. As noted in the TrekMovie review of “Such Sweet Sorrow,” there was already a fan petition to bring Pike back for his own series on the USS Enterprise. Seeing the new sets has only fueled fan speculation and interest in the idea, generating even more publicity for that change.org petition which currently has over 11,000 signatures.
Yesterday Anson Mount made his first comment about the interest, responding to an article about the petition on comicbook.com. He commented on Facebook saying he was “humbled and deeply touched by this amount of love” and that he was grateful to be “given the opportunity to walk in Captain Pike’s boots.” On Twitter Mount said seeing a report about the fan petition “brought tears to my eyes.”
I am humbled and deeply touched by this amount of love. I have NEVER received such gratitude. Please know that my own…
Could it work?
Of course, fan petitions are nothing new. There are dozens of petitions about Star Trek alone on change.org, ranging from requests for various changes to Discovery, Paramount movies, and licensed merchandise and games. There is even a popular current one at ipetitions to lobby the Dublin City Council to erect a statue of Miles O’Brien as an Irish hero.
These online petitions are the letter-writing campaigns of the Internet age, and Star Trek has a long history of fan activism going all the way back to the campaign to save The Original Series. Generally, even the most high-profile fan campaigns don’t result in action, but the second season of Star Trek: Discovery has demonstrated that the-powers-that-be behind Star Trek at CBS are listening to fan feedback, resulting in a number of changes in the show that have generally been regarded as improvements.
CBS already has a plan for an expanding universe of Star Trek series. Speaking to TrekMovie last month, Alex Kurtzman noted how the next couple of years will be a busy time for Star Trek shows. The current focus is a new ongoing series starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, which is set to start production very soon and will premiere by the end of the year. CBS has also announced the development of a Section 31 series starring Michelle Yeoh and have a two-season order for an adult animated comedy titled Lower Decks plus another animated show (this one for kids) in the works at Nickelodeon. There are some other potential Star Trek projects that have also been reported to have been in development, including a Starfleet Academy series. And on top of that, the third season of Discovery goes into production in July. Fitting another series into that mix—at least into the short term—would stretch the resources for CBS and their distribution partners.
One thing we do know is that Ethan Peck is interested in returning to the role of Spock. He told TrekMovie “Yeah, I think it would be pretty cool” when asked if he would want to do a show set on the USS Enterprise. While Anson Mount hasn’t indicated specific interest, he has been enthusiastic about his time on Star Trek: Discovery, so returning to the role for more adventures seems quite plausible.
It’s also worth noting that CBS has other options besides a new ongoing series. In the past, they have talked about doing limited mini-series, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin have already confirmed there will be more Star Trek: Short Treks coming, starting with a couple of animated episodes this year.
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