Following the Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con, the cast from the Star Trek: Discovery portion and the Star Trek: Short Treks portion, did a mini media tour at SDCC, taking time for video sit-downs with Entertainment Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, and the Los Angeles Times. Like we did for the Picard show, have rounded up the highlights of what they had to reveal about the new seasons.
A future and a world never seen before, finally beyond Voyager
The big event for the end of the season two finale was when the crew of the USS Discovery went through a wormhole into a far, far future. Show star Sonequa Martin-Green spoke to the LA Times about this opportunity for the show, which just began production on season three:
The beauty of going into the future – boldly, I might add – is that everything is new. Everything you will see will be new. We were able to shoot in Iceland for the first episode of season three and you are going to see a world we have never seen before. We are not in Terralysium. We did not end there like we planned. So, now we have to figure out where we are, who we are and when we are, at this point now. It is very enervating to be able to build canon moment to moment.
She spoke on this subject to ET as well:
We are a thousand years in the future, we are boldly going where no one has gone before, literally. It is very, very exciting and exhilarating because we get to build this new world. Where are we? And, who are we now?
Still speaking to EW, Martin-Green acknowledged how jumping to the future satisfies those fans who raised concerns over the show originally set as a prequel:
I heard a lot of people say when they found out we were going to be a prequel, they would say: “Well, what happened after [Star Trek:] Voyager? It is so exciting to be from then [before TOS] and also come here [the future]. Anything can happen.
Book represents this new world
Martin-Green also connected how this new world they find themselves in ties into the new character of Book (David Ajala):
[Book] represents this new world that we land in. You are really going to love him. This world is very interesting and it’s intoxicating and it is exotic. And what happened in this world?
Speaking to ET, David Ajala enigmatically described his character:
I am playing Cleveland Booker, Book for short. He is a man on a personal mission who bumps into Burnham. Is she a friend a friend, is she a foe? We will find out.
Ajala gave the LA Times a bit more detail:
He is a guy on a very personal mission. He lives by his own set of rules. He is going to add something quite unique in season three. Again, because we are departing away from the canon, it just leaves a lot of room and scope to reach new territory.
Jump to the future takes Discovery where the canon has not gone before
Martin-Green told EW about how the jump into the future changes the way the show relates to the canon of Star Trek:
We always had that kind of dual identity. We were familiar but also had to be new too. Now we really get to do that. We keep the connective tissue to the canon, that doesn’t go away. Everything that has been established stays the same, it is now we are in this world we get to create. So, it is very very exciting. We have the backbone of the canon, which the two of them [pointing to Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romijn (Number One)] represented very beautifully and brilliantly, and we have new people like this brilliant guy [David Ajala (Book)] who represents the new world that we land in. Because – teaser – we don’t land in Terralysium, things don’t go as planned. This is a new world. Who are we and what do we do now?
Martin-Green told the LA TImes about the creative freedom that the new era allows for the show:
We were excited before, but now we are more excited than ever. Now, you have so much more room to create. But again, we always have the same foundation. So, I thought it was genius. Because we get to be who we are, but we get to boldly go and do what we never thought we would be able to do. I think everybody across the departments feels that way.
However, she also assured that even with a new era to play in, they will still hold true to canon:
The canon is still where we come from. It is our foundation; it is our root. We still are who we are. Alex Kurtzman, our showrunner along with Michelle Paradise, he said earlier we are not going to take away anything that has been established. Everything is what it is, except now we basically carry the Star Trek that we all know into a future that we don’t know.
A Discovery /Picard crossover?
When asked by ET if there would be a Star Trek: Discovery/Star Trek: Picard crossover, Martin-Green didn’t confirm anything, but she welcomed the idea:
I would love that. I think we all want that. Let’s make that happen.
Short Treks on the USS Enterprise sticking close to the canon
One of the other reveals from SDCC 2019 was that the next season of Star Trek: Short Treks will feature six episodes, three of which will be set on Pike’s USS Enterprise, with Rebecca Romijn (Number One), Ethan Peck (Spock), and Anson Mount (Pike) all reprising their roles from the second season of Discovery. Romijn and Peck were in San Diego and wouldn’t say exactly how many episodes of Short Treks they are in, but did offer some details.
Discussing the approach to the Short Treks on the Enterprise, Romijn talked about how being tied closer to TOS, they are trying to stay closer to the canon:
(To EW) Ethan plays Spock, I play Number One from The Original Series, and to be stepping into someone else’s shoes, we stay very near and dear to the canon. But we have to really honor these characters while taking artistic liberties at the same time…It is terrifying. We don’t want to let anyone down.
(To ET) Three of the [Short Treks] are based on the Enterprise, which is obviously we are going to adhere very closely to the canon. Our characters are pre-established. My character…we didn’t learn very much about her [in TOS]. So, we get to take some artistic liberties and explore her a little bit more [compared to Spock].
Romijn also gave some details on “Q&A,” which features herself and Peck:
(To LAT) These Shorts are all anachronistic, stand-alone stories. They are beautifully written little stories. Ethan and I did one together called “Q&A” that is just this incredible…it’s early on. He is Ensign Spock. He has just arrived. He is a science officer. I am his superior. We get stuck on a turbolift and something happens on that turbolift that will forever bond our characters.
(To EW) We are allowed to talk about what they showed in the actual trailer, which is Spock and Number One stuck on a turbolift together. It is a beautifully written piece by Michael Chabon. It is this moment between Spock and Number One that bonds them, that they will always have. No matter what goes down in the future, they will always have this sweet little moment together.