In addition to Jason Isaacs and Mary Chieffo, who both talked about possibly returning to Star Trek, Saturday’s Dragon Con Goes Virtual Star Trek: Discovery panel included Anthony Rapp, who discussed a bit about the upcoming third season of the series.
Season 3 family dynamics
When the subject of the third season of Discovery came up, Jason Isaacs said that as a fan of the show he was looking forward to seeing the characters “explore their relationships and the family” as the show jumps into the future. Careful not to reveal any spoilers, Anthony Rapp did talk about how season three will explore this theme of family:
Season three does delve into family dynamics. Not just literal family—obviously we delved lot into that with Burnham and Spock and their sibling relationship—but the family of the people who had to leave everything behind to go to the future. And it doesn’t take that lightly. So often in genre shows these crazy things happen and then it’s like you just wash your hands of it and then you just move on. They go, “Oh, you got zapped by lightning and have superpowers. Okay, great.” But our showrunners have really taken seriously that it’s an opportunity to explore the human part. Yeah, it’s full of cool, fun ideas that are fun to contemplate, but it also lets you examine resilience and grief and adaptability and courage and how do you keep going in the face of all those things.
Later in the panel, Rapp said he was happy to see how the second season dealt with the resurrection of Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), creating bumps in the road for their relationship and how they had to “earn the road back” as a couple. He then went on to talk about where we find Culber and Stamets in season three:
I wouldn’t say that there’s the same kind of bumps. I think what we’ve been through now over the first two seasons has earned the right to have things feel more settled between them. As I was alluding to earlier, season three dealt very deeply with the sense of family and certainly Stamets’ relationship with Culber is a family dynamic that gets explored very, very richly in season three.
How Michelle Paradise is keeping it human in Discovery season 3
In response to a question on if Discovery will keep the human element as the show deals with life in the 32nd century, Rapp confirmed it would and attributed this to one of the showrunners:
Midway through season two, Michelle Paradise came on as a new showrunner and she has brought with her an incredible sense of fidelity of emotional truth. She insists that everything that’s happening between the characters makes sense emotionally and psychologically. So I can only say, without getting into any specifics, that is absolutely adhered to from moment one to the last final moment of season three. That is something that is something that is so vitally important. All the things that happen, they have have consequences. They have meaning. There is nothing frivolous about anything.
Season three of Discovery will be the first season that was developed, written, and produced with the same showrunners. Co-creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller exited the show early on during the writing of the first season. He was replaced by Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, who were fired midway through the second season, replaced by Paradise along with co-creator Alex Kurtzman.
How Jonathan Frakes helped Rapp with a “Wow!” scene in season 3
When asked about his most memorable scene during the entire series, Rapp said it came during season three, and he was thankful it was one of the episodes directed by TNG veteran actor and director Jonathan Frakes:
Well, there’s a scene in season three. I just can’t say what it is. I felt incredibly grateful for Jonathan Frakes, who has become one of our repeat directors and part of our family. He’s an incredible human being and a great director. He really understands all aspects of the job. And I had a pretty intense scene to do in season three. And when I read the script, and I saw the scene, I’m like, ‘Wow!’ And then when I heard that Jonathan was directing the episode, I was relieved. Because I knew that I’d be in the best possible hands and that he would not let one moment of it not work and that he would make sure that it was safe and it was pure and true and all that stuff.
More Discovery 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: Discovery and feature star Sonequa Martin-Green along with David Ajala, who joins the show this season as a new character. Also on the panel are co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise.
TrekMovie will be providing updates all day with news and releases coming out of the CBS Star Trek Day event.
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