Since it was announced two months ago, there hasn’t been much news regarding the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, but there still is a lot of fan interest in this reportedly optimistic and episodic return to the 23rd-century era USS Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike. One person interested in the show is actress Mary Chieffo, who has already faced off with Anson Mount’s Captain Pike, and hopes to do so again.
L’Rell and Pike together again?
On Friday, Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) had a live Instagram chat with her friend and artist Steffi Hochriegl to talk about artistic inspiration and expose more fans to Steffi’s work, which includes a lot of drawings of characters from Star Trek: Discovery. The chat included some Q&A from fans who were watching on Instagram and when the subject of Strange New Worlds came up, Chieffo made her enthusiasm for the show clear:
Someone was asking if I would want to reprise my role [of Chancellor L’Rell] in the Pike series. I would be so down! [laughs] I just wanted to let everyone know, I am 100 percent on board, if they’ll have me.
Mary Chieffo’s L’Rell was introduced during the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, and she also appeared in a number of episodes in season two, where L’Rell solidified her position as Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. L’Rell interacted directly with Captain Pike, helping with his mission and fight against Control. She assisted Pike with obtaining a critical time crystal, and led a Klingon task force to fight alongside Pike’s Enterprise in the season finale.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will likely pick up shortly after the USS Discovery left for the far future, and it would be entirely plausible that L’Rell is still an important player in Galactic politics—plus, Klingons tend to show up on shows and movies with the name Star Trek in them.
But Chieffo wasn’t done speculating about a possible return to Star Trek. When Steffi suggested that maybe L’Rell might team up with Lorca, the actress was immediately taken with the notion:
Oh my gosh, can you imagine the two of us?… I am just imagining, it is L’Rell and Prime Lorca team up to find a way to save Cornwell. Go back in time with the time crystals.
Jason Isaacs has recently hinted he could return to Star Trek playing Prime Lorca. If this did happen, perhaps as a limited series, it would also be plausible to include L’Rell. As for the time travel story to save his ex, Admiral Cornwell? Let us know what you think about that idea in the comments below. But if such a thing ever came to pass, it’s probably best if L’Rell doesn’t mention how she tortured Lorca’s Mirror counterpart (who she thought was the real Captain Lorca) in an elaborate plot to get her mole (Tyler) on board the USS Discovery.
Watch Mary’s Instagram chat
For more from Mary and Steffi, the full hour-long live chat can be watched below.
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