With three episodes under our belts there are still many questions about season three of Star Trek: Discovery. Some of the actors on the show have been talking to various outlets, and we have curated some of the more interesting answers. There is also a new Ready Room to check out with Jonathan Frakes, which showed an exclusive clip of next week’s episode.
Discovery is staying in the 32nd century
In case you were wondering if Discovery may return home to the 23rd century or head to some other era, Doug Jones (Saru) makes it clear to Collider that they are staying where they are:
[The show] has massively changed. We are boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before, and that was a permanent jump to the future. 930 years. So not just a couple of years. We went to a whole new era with a new set of rules, new customs, new everything. What this did for the writers, though, we were playing ten years before the original series in the first two seasons. We started having to adhere to canon and making sure everything we were doing didn’t affect later seasons and canon and storylines that they have already filmed. Now we’ve jumped ahead to where the writers have freedom to create from the ground up. That’s exciting, and we’ll explore new worlds and new creatures and, of course, the nostalgia of all the species you know already, we’re going to visit them again but with new relationships to each other than what you know. It’s exciting to see how the galaxy had changed in those 930 years.
We will visit Book’s world
Season three has introduced the character of Cleveland “Book” Booker, who still remains a bit of a mystery. Actor David Ajala talked to ET about how Book’s backstory will be explored:
Yeah, absolutely. The season is about identity and it’s about people finding their identity or re-establishing understanding their identity in unfamiliar territory. Booker is someone who is having to reassess certain things about his own identity, and that only comes about because of the first meeting with Michael Burnham. Throughout the season, we will see more of his backstory being unraveled. And there are specific episodes where it’s fully Book’s world, going into where he came from, which I am really excited about. There’s one specific episode where take him home.
Blu del Barrio explains how Adira will come out as as non-binary
When it was first announced that the non-binary actor Blu Del Barrio was joining Discovery, CBS highlighted how they would be playing a non-binary character. However when del Barrio’s Adira was introduced this week, the character was referred to using female gendered pronouns. Speaking to Forbes, del Barrio explained that the character’s coming out journey matches their own:
“I have had a difficult experience my whole life with gender,” they said. “When I got this part, I was still sort of questioning. I knew I wasn’t cisgender, but I wasn’t really out to anyone. I had to come out to myself and to my friends and to my parents.
As much as I was excited to get a non-binary role, my first emotion was just pure joy at getting to play something that would allow me to explore myself further. Right after that came all of the imposter syndrome of, you know, ‘It shouldn’t be me, it should be somebody else who’s been out longer, who knows themself better.’”
Their resolution of that feeling was for Adira and del Barrio to grow in confidence together, as filming progressed. “I wanted Adira’s journey to mirror mine. I didn’t want to do anything that I hadn’t already done,” they said. “I didn’t want Adira to use ‘they’/’them’ pronouns until I was out.”
Writers and Jonathan Frakes talk 32nd century Earth
Director Jonathan Frakes, along with writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, joined host Wil Wheaton for this week’s episode of The Ready Room to give their insights into the making of episode 303 (“People of Earth”). The writers first talked about their thought process of how to depict the Earth in the 32nd century.
Lippoldt: You can go down these rabbit holes of trying to figure out what the technology was like, what the cities would be like, and ultimately what we wanted is to show what humanity has become in the future. Really focused on how the attitude of how Earth humans would have changed.
Yeon Kim: Even in a post-Federation world, this is still Earth that went through the Federation. So, these people are much more enlightened than we are. It’s not like how the Federation basically devolved into this xenophobic thinking. We really wanted to tell this story that whatever happened with The Burn… it created a lot of PTSD for people. Being so disconnected from the rest of the planets, Earth started othering others in order to protect itself. The fear was the greatest weakness, that even who went through the Federation couldn’t protect themselves from.
They also talked about how 303 was a “classic Star Trek story” where they wanted to touch on the theme of disconnectedness, leading to the storyline of Earth unknowingly fighting fellow humans. Frakes picked up on that and talked about his favorite scene in the episode is the big reveal of Wen as a human:
During that frankly comic moment when Georgiou kicks his helmet off his head… that’s one of the best moments in the show. And then they carry on and they discover that with your mask off, you are one. All the great Star Trek things. The twist of Georgiou… let’s wrap this thing up, we’re in the fourth act, I know how to move this story along.
Yesterday Frakes also shared this photo from location shooting on “People of Earth”
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) October 29, 2020
Watch the Ready Room, including clip from 304
The official after show also has some more behind the scenes footage including Jeff Russo talking about scoring during a pandemic. There’s also a clip of next week’s episode. You can watch it in full below.
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