The third season of Star Trek: Discovery mostly remains a mystery, but a new panel discussion gave us a hint about a character returning from season two, plus we’ve got highlights from other panels featuring Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell, Raven Dauda, and Hannah Spear.
Learning about Linus and more in season three of Discovery
On Sunday Virtual Trek Con held a Star Trek: Discovery panel with Doug Jones (Saru), Raven Dauda (Dr. Pollard), Hannah Spear (Siranna), and David Benjamin Tomlinson (Linus).
While Linus the Saurian has garnered a lot of fan interest after being introduced in the second season of Discovery, Tomlinson has not spoken much publicly about him. During the panel, he offered some insights into what it takes to create the character and revealed that before being offered the role he didn’t even know what a Saurian was. The actor also talked about what the role now means to him:
David Benjamin Tomlinson: When I walked into the prosthetics trailer for my first camera test and I saw the prosthetic I gasped. I fell so in love. It is such a beautiful work of art and finding the character was amazing. I don’t know how or why it has all happened the way it has, but I am really excited and honored and grateful to be a part of it and to have a relationship with this character… It’s amazing that fans love Linus as much as I do. I feel huge affection for this character.
Doug Jones also gave a hint of more Linus for season three:
Doug Jones: I love [Saru and Linus’] screentime together and you are going to see a couple more moments with us in season three, together.
Later the pair got a bit more specific about a particular scene:
David Benjamin Tomlinson: When I have had to eat onscreen it is mostly greens. I have had a lot of spinach and a lot of leafy greens…We see a little more in season three of what he eats.
Jones: We do, and I am just going to say it: it is one of the funniest moments of the entire season. I love Linus so much!
One might think this could possibly be the often-referred Saurian Brandy, but Tomlinson indicated that was something he hopes to see down the road:
Tomlinson: I do think at some point there does have to be a brandy tip of the hat moment, though. It has been so talked about. I would love to see Linus get explored more, but it is a series with so many characters and so much story, you just fit in where you fit in.
Hannah Spear, who played Saru’s sister Siranna, holds out hope she could return for more Star Trek. She pointed to how Siranna appeared in the season two finale of Discovery as evidence the character was ready for more adventures off her native isolated home planet of Kaminar:
Hannah Spear: [Returning to star Trek] would be a dream come true. I also feel like Siranna really leveled up. She was piloting a Ba’ul fighter. Maybe she’s not content anymore with the quaint life. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw her.
One question that many fans have wondered is: who is the Chief Medical Officer of the USS Discovery. If it isn’t Dr. Culber, is it Dr. Pollard? When asked if she wants to see Pollard as CMO, Raven Dauda said:
Raven Dauda: There are powers that be that control all of that. All I can speak to is that I would love the promotion. It would be brilliant and beautiful. Yes please, more of that. For me, I am this girl that came from Ottawa, Ontario from a small place and to be on Star Trek and be part of this legacy in this capacity, is just brilliant. I love where Dr. Pollard is now and there is something so exciting to think about the possibility of where she can go with the crew in her standing and position. We get to see what a person is made of, when they are given more of that. We’ll see what happens.
Doug Jones also had high praise for Dauda:
Jones: When you are an actor playing a position of authority, and as a doctor she has a lot to say and she can give orders to people above her for medical reasons. Raven really knows how to own that authority. You never once look at her and think, ‘Oh, she memorized something and she trying to beef up her personality to deliver that. Never once. She has owned that doctor since day one. I love being on film with you Raven.
Check out the full panel:
Chieffo and Mitchell for the Empire
On Thursday there was a Virtual Trek Con panel on Discovery Klingons featuring Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Kenneth Mitchell (Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenevik). It was both an insightful look into the hard work both put into playing Klingons, as well as a touching tribute to Ken who played three different Klingons before his diagnosis with ALS.
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