Over the weekend GalaxyCon had a Star Trek virtual event with Star Trek doctors Gates McFadden, John Billingsley, Alexander Siddig, and Robert Picardo. A last-minute addition to the event was Star Trek: Discovery’s Wilson Cruz, who talked just a little bit about the upcoming season.
Cruz talks captain’s chair in season three
Wilson Cruz was trying to be very careful about dropping spoilers during the online discussion and mostly focused on the first two seasons of his work on Discovery, but there was one moment where he may have given us a hint: When a fan asked the group what other position on their ships would have proven an acting challenge, Cruz said the following:
I am just letting Sonequa to make sure – all the captains – to make sure they keep an eye on that captain’s chair. That’s all I am saying.
The question of who will be the captain of the USS Discovery in season three has been the subject of much debate. In his response, Cruz started off by indicating that Sonequa Martin-Green’s Commander Michael Burnham will end up taking the big chair, but halfway through his response, he halted and inserted “all the captains,” perhaps as an attempt to reverse any potential season three spoiler.
When the USS Discovery was last seen at the end of season two, it was under the command of Commander Saru (Doug Jones), who took the ship through the wormhole over 900 years into the future. Doug Jones told TrekMovie in May that the choice of captain comes down to Saru and Burnham. “We are both capable. Who is going to get it is again a mystery that comes in season three,” he said.
While on that subject, it is worth mentioning an upcoming issue of Star Trek magazine. Due in September, issue #77 features an interview titled “Starship Mine! Doug Jones On Assuming Command.” Some may see this as a clue; however, the season two trailer indicates that Burnham and the Discovery remain separated for a year after they arrive in the future, during which time Saru presumably remains the de facto commander of the ship. Jonathan Frakes has already confirmed that Burnham doesn’t reunite with the ship until the third episode of the season.
More doctoring and maybe some cool 32nd century medtech
During the panel, Cruz also talked about how he was glad that the second season explored Culber’s death and return and “had an effect on him and has changed him in some way.” When asked about favorite episodes for his character as a doctor, he brought up how that change will affect Culber professionally:
In [season 3] is probably my favorite doctoring episode. I can’t say much about it but we get to see how he has changed and how he is a different doctor now because of what he has been through.
The actors also talked about some of the challenges they faced dealing with all the medical props on their shows. For his part, Cruz revealed that for the season two finale he kept having to redo the climactic emotional scene where he is saving Paul Stamets’ life because he kept mixing up his medical tricorder with another medical instrument and would have to start the “choreography” all over again. Cruz again started to talk about season three, but stopped himself with:
There is so much I want to say because we go one thousand years into the future for season three. There is so much I want to say about what we are doing now, but I can’t.
We do know that the show will feature some future tech, as there were some new items spied in the season three trailer, although those were more on the weapon side of things than the medical.
But when is season 3 coming?
The big question about season three of Discovery is the release date. It was a bit of a surprise last week that the new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks got an official launch date (August 6) before we had a date for Discovery. The official CBS announcement about Lower Decks did state that Discovery was “returning with season three later this year.” While Discovery could arrive as early as October to land after Lower Decks wraps up its run of 10 episodes, it is more likely we will have to wait until November or even December.
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