The enthusiastic fan response to the introduction of Anson Mount’s Captain Pike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery resulted in Mount leading the recently announced series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Now the actor who played the captain in the first season of Discovery is responding to the news and hinting he may be back too.
Prime Lorca could have a future in Star Trek
Jason Isaacs played Captain Gabriel Lorca in season one of Discovery and he spoke glowingly about the Strange New Worlds announcement on the Empire Film Podcast:
People loved watching Pike. They loved the retro thrill of it. They loved being on the Enterprise again. They loved Pike and Spock and Anson [Mount] and Ethan [Peck] were great. It felt, given that Picard is very different, and Discovery focuses on the number one and not the captain, it’s a much more traditional sense. That ship, those characters, felt at home.
When it comes to Captain Lorca, there’s a challenge to doing more with the character. Late in the first season of Discovery, it was revealed that he was actually from the Mirror Universe, and then the character was killed off rather thoroughly, via complete disintegration. But was this the end of Lorca’s story?
On the podcast, when asked if Lorca will follow Pike to his own show, Isaacs hinted he could be back, but not as the same character:
Where is Prime Lorca? Well, I admit that we talk. It’s not like when Mirror Lorca bit the bullet there wasn’t a clamoring for Prime Lorca, but the thing is, it has got to be a great story. Pike is already there! We know what he is like. We have seen him and he’s great. We don’t know who Prime Lorca is. If he is Mirror Lorca’s Frank Spencer-like [wimpish character from a British sitcom] cousin, then nobody wants to spend time with him. He is going to have to be as interesting, as ballsy, and you have to find him a ship and find him a context to bring him into a story. So, we talk. And when and if we come up with something we think is fabulous I will happily go on a starvation diet required to slip into the snakeskin uniform again.
In that reply, Isaacs twice said “we talk,” and presumably he is referring to some kind of discussions with CBS’ head of Star Trek Alex Kurtzman or other Trek producers. The “when and if we come up with something” comment also indicates these discussions may be ongoing. While a full series based on Lorca may not be likely, a miniseries could be, as the idea of limited Star Trek series has been mentioned by CBS in the past. There are other plausible options to bring back Isaacs to play Prime Lorca, including as a guest star on Strange New Worlds or one of the other Star Trek series, or possibly even as the star of a Short Treks episode.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) February 13, 2018
Bring Back Lorca?
Isaacs is right: We never saw the Prime Universe’s version of Lorca. After he and his ship, the USS Buran, were pulled into the Mirror Universe, the Mirror Lorca assumed his identity in the Prime Universe. The Buran was destroyed, but that does not mean that Prime Lorca died with it. It is entirely possible that he survived and could find his way back home to the Prime Universe.
Isaacs garnered a lot of praise from fans for his work on Discovery, so there could be an appetite to see him return. It’s true that Prime Lorca would be an entirely new character, although Mirror Lorca managed to convince Starfleet to give him a new command and temporarily fooled his old girlfriend, Admiral Cornwell—so there are clearly similarities.
Lorca in Star Trek Online
And as some fans are aware, he’s already made a bit of a comeback in the free-to-play MMORPG Star Trek Online’s Rise of Discovery, where players can explore what happened to both Prime Lorca and Prime Landry (Rekha Sharma) before they joined the crew of the U.S.S Discovery.
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