On Saturday, Dragon Con Goes Virtual streamed a prerecorded panel featuring actors from Star Trek: Discovery. Included on the panel were Jason Isaacs, who played Captain Gabriel Lorca in season one, and Mary Chieffo, who played L’Rell in seasons one and two. Both addressed the question on if they could be returning to Star Trek in the future.
Isaacs on how Lorca could return
When a fan asked if Lorca could return in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, or perhaps on the Section 31 show or Short Treks, Jason Isaacs cryptically decided to dodge the question:
Taking the fifth. The whole point of having a story told to you is that you don’t know what’s in the story. It’s like asking when someone is going to tell you a joke: “Give me the punchline and I’ll make my mind up.”
Since wrapping production on the first season of Discovery, Isaacs has made it no secret that he would like to return to Star Trek. As recently as June, Isaacs hinted on a podcast at the possibility of him returning to play Prime Lorca, the counterpart to his season one Captain Lorca character who was revealed to be from the Mirror Universe.
If Prime Lorca were to show up again, a logical place for him to appear would be on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the show set on Captain Pike’s Enterprise shortly after Discovery season 2. In the months since our previous report on that podcast interview, it has been revealed that writing on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is underway, and the show is now set to go into production in 2021.
During that June podcast, Isaacs said “we talk” in reference to the people behind Star Trek. And on the Dragon Con Panel on Saturday—and entirely unprompted—he heaped praise on the Star Trek writers and suggested that if they bring Lorca back, they will do it right:
When Discovery first came out, there was a lot of reticence with fans. Understandably people were protective of this legacy of extraordinary stories. There was some doubts that the people writing it really knew all about Star Trek, and that doubt must be gone now. Because all this stuff, like ‘How are they going to focus? How is discovery? How does the spore drive ever gonna figure?’ They dealt with it. They’ve now gone to the future. That’s why there is no record of them. All of the questions are answered. There are people in the room, however geeky you think you are and whatever minutae you think you can sit up all night discussing, they can do it to the power of 100 in the room.
And if they do bring back Lorca, or anyone else, it’ll never be token. They take it more seriously than you could possibly imagine. Making sure that honors the legacy and gives them license to invent new and great stories. So I presume those voices have been quieted now, although we don’t want to stop the fans talking. But the notion that there aren’t real Star Trek fans and people who really understand every word that’s ever been spoken in uniform in the room is clearly nonsense by now.
Chieffo hopes L’Rell returns too
During yesterday’s Dragon Con panel, Mary Chieffo answered the same question about returning to Star Trek as Klingon Chancellor L’Rell, saying she “would love that,” echoing sentiments she made on Instagram in July. During the panel she also talked about the fan feedback she has been getting on social media about a potential return:
I really do appreciate it. I’ve really felt a lot of love and support on Twitter and Instagram and just all social media that people do want to see more of L’Rell or me in general. And that means a lot. I know fans are watching and I can’t say enough how much that means to me. So if it can happen, I hope it does.
While Chieffo did appear in the season two finale of Star Trek: Discovery, she and her fellow Klingons stayed behind in the 23rd century as the Discovery crew jumped into the far future. When later pressed on if she might have a role on Strange New Worlds, Chieffo indicated there is no news yet:
I don’t have any information for you because I don’t have any information. But I guess all I can say is that I would love it, it would be an honor to return in any shape or form.
More Strange New Worlds news coming on Star Trek Day
On Tuesday, September 8th CBS is planning a series of streaming panels to celebrate Star Trek Day. One of those will be for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and feature the stars and writer/producers for the show.
TrekMovie will be providing updates all day with news and releases coming out of the CBS Star Trek Day event.
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