One of the people who will be on stage this weekend for the big Star Trek Universe San Diego Comic-Con panel is Heather Kadin, president of Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production company and his partner and fellow executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery and other upcoming Star Trek projects. In an interview with AssignmentX, conducted during the Winter TCAs in January but only released recently, Kadin dropped a few hints about what is coming next on Discovery.
Georgiou in ‘Discovery’ Season 3
The third season of Discovery started production recently and one of the big questions regarding the show is about Michelle Yeoh’s character of former emperor Georgiou. Georgiou was last seen aboard the USS Discovery as it wormholed its way into the far future in the season two finale. Kadin didn’t get into specifics, but again confirmed that Yeoh would be part of the third season, and dropped an intriguing hint about how the upcoming Section 31 show may tie into Discovery season 3:
AX: Are you guys having internal debate about how much to use Michelle Yeoh in Season 3, because they’re spinning off her character?
KADIN: We want to use Michelle Yeoh as much as possible. Our plan is, she’ll be used throughout Season 3. The spin-off wouldn’t happen until after that.
AX: So the spin-off wouldn’t happen until you’re no longer doing Star Trek: Discovery, or the spin-off wouldn’t happen until after Season 3?
KADIN: Or in the middle of Season 3, let’s say, but we have every intention of using her – you’ll see her all of this season [season 2], and then most of next.
The return of “Calypso”?
When Discovery ended its season, jumping the show far into the future led to speculation about if it might tie into the Short Treks episode “Calypso,” also set far in the future. Kadin didn’t get into specifics, but confirmed there is interest in returning to elements of “Calypso” and in particular to the character of Craft played by Aldis Hodge:
AX: The Short Treks segment “Calypso” was set a thousand years in the future. Will we see more of that, or was that one and done?
KADIN: The idea with the Short Treks, it’s funny, because originally, you had people like Michael Chabon saying, “Oh, my God. I’m a huge Star Trek fan. I’d love to do something.” “Oh, hey, you could write a short. And it was such a gift. The idea originally, I think, was just to tell these standalone stories that, in themselves, would be their own thing, and then the more in love with each one of them we became, the more we decided we really wanted to use them. And you’ll see a lot of that coming through at the end of our season . We definitely want to deal with that story in particular down the line, and especially with that actor, Aldis Hodge. He was magnificent. So you’ll see sometime down the line, for sure.
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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