Before watching “Terra Firma, Part 2,” we are catching up on all the behind-the-scenes info about this two-part Discovery episode. There are interviews, videos, and images showing you what went into the return to the Mirror Universe, plus some fun fan art shared by one of the show’s actors.
Remaking the Mirror Universe costumes
Star Trek: Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips explains to Variety that they didn’t just recycle the costumes they made for the season one trip to the Mirror Universe. “I wanted to do a better job this time in terms of how we made everything, especially with the breastplates and overlays.” And extra effort was put in for Emperor Georgiou’s costumes:
“It’s supposed to be an alternative version of what took place the last time we were there the last time — the team said it was a few days before,” Phillips explains. “The idea was the Emperor was in her prime. I called it the 2.0 version because this time we wanted to do it better. Last time, on our first pass there, we didn’t have the time or budget. I talked about wanting to elevate everything.”
Phillips showed off some of the Mirror Universe work in a segment from the latest episode of The Ready Room.
Scoring for Terrans
Composer Jeff Russo talked to Inverse about scoring for Georgiou in season three, leading up to the two-part “Terra Firma” episode:
“We’ve had Mirror Georgiou for a while, so I’m alluding to it a little bit all the time,” Russo says. “With this season, I had to do that a little more as we get further along in her story, even though we’re not sure if it’s reality, hallucination, or what’s going on. At least, I wanted to pretend we don’t know.”
Rapp honored to be killed by Yeoh
Speaking to Forbes, Anthony Rapp talked about getting a death scene in “Terra Firma, Part 1” when Mirror Stamets gets killed attempting to assassinate Emperor Georgiou:
Well, it’s not just a glorious death scene, but it’s a glorious death scene at the hands of Michelle Yeoh. You know, when I was first cast in this show, about three and a half, four years ago, one of the first things that was shared with me was that Michelle Yeoh was going to be a part of it. And my jaw just dropped because, I mean, she’s a legend. And you always hear that you shouldn’t meet your heroes because they’ll so often disappoint you. And it’s the exact opposite with Michelle. She is a consummate human being, in every way.
I didn’t get a lot of chances to work opposite her with her directly as part of the show, but we hung out and our cast is very close. We do social things together. And she was always fantastic to talk to and be with.
But to finally get to play opposite her a couple of times over the last season and a half, and then to get killed by her, that’s the sort of “pinch-me” moment that if you’d asked me, when I first saw Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I would have looked at you like you were speaking in tongues, because it would have seemed so unlikely that anything like that would ever come my way.
I don’t remember exactly how many times we did the shot. There were a couple of different shots, but one of the main shots was me creeping up behind her, and then she quickly turns and stabs me in the throat. She did that perfectly every time; the knife was incredibly, perfectly situated exactly at the right angle to my throat.
Rekha’s Mirror set tour
Rekha Sharma returned to Discovery for “Terra Firma, Part 1” to play Mirror Landry. Check out this video she posted on Instagram showing off her costume and the ISS Discovery.
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More Mirror photos
CBS has shared some new publicity images from “Terra Firma.”
And they tweeted some nice character poses.
They also shared some nice behind-the-scenes shots from the set of “Terra Firma, Part 2.”
The Ryn and Grudge fan art you didn’t know you needed
No one seems to be having more fun joining the Discovery cast than Mary Wiseman’s husband Noah Averbach-Katz, who plays the Andorian outcast Ryn. Yesterday he pointed us to a piece of fan art with an all-caps message that we should all stop to look at this picture of him and Grudge cat, and he’s right. The painting is by artist Shade of Stars.
STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS PICTURE OF ME AND @Grudge_Cat
— Noah AK (@N_A_K) December 15, 2020
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes will be available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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