The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery started production last November. There a few hints as to what is to come, but not a lot. Now comes a little bit more from Anthony Rapp, who is also talking about the inclusivity in season three and beyond.
Rapp hints at new Stamets storyline for season four
Anthony Rapp was the guest on last week’s It Do Take Nerd with Jackie Cox podcast. When asked if he can anything reveal about what is to come in season four, the actor dropped this hint:
One of the cool things – I can’t tell you anything specific at all, but there’s an actor this season that I haven’t really got to interact with one-on-one with. That’s been one of the pleasures of season four so far. Getting to expand my repertoire of who I get to play in the sandbox with.
There’s not a lot to go on here, but this comment does hint at a new storyline for Rapp’s character of Paul Stamets in season four. While he didn’t say which actor he was working with more (and therefore which character is interacting more one-on-one with Stamets), by process of elimination there are only a few options. A good guess would be Stamets working more with Book (David Ajala), who is confirmed to be returning in season four. This could make sense as in the season three finale it was revealed that as an empath, Book had the ability to navigate the mycelial network and control the spore drive of the USS Discovery, something previously unique to Stamets.
But that’s just a guess. Rapp could be talking about Ian Alexander, whose character Gray is expected to become visible to other characters besides Adira in season four. Another possibility could be Admiral Vance (Oded Fehr), who dealt mostly with Saru and Michael in season three. And in theory, he could be talking about some of the actors who play bridge crew characters, or maybe even Doug Jones, being that Saru and Stamets haven’t had a lot of one-on-one scenes together.
Rapp sees Adira’s story as classic Star Trek
One character that Stamets spent a lot of time with during season three was Adira, played by Blu del Barrio. One of the storylines for the season was Adira coming out as non-binary on the show, which reflected the real-life experiences of del Barrio. Rapp spoke about how he felt this was a very Star Trek storyline and important for the show:
Star Trek has always been a way to look at racism, to look at differences, at class stuff. Because it’s taking place in a world word that doesn’t exist, so they can use the lens of different alien species and cultures clashing, as opposed to human beings with different skin color clashing. I do think that this this stuff that we’re exploring with gender expression and identity is resonating newly.
And it was an open question for us. 900 years in the future, what will these conversations be about gender? We think that’s probably going to be pretty handled. So yeah, that’s the attitude that Star Trek takes. It’s handled. You just are that and you say you are that. There’s not controversy around it. You don’t have to explain yourself. Blu’s character of Adira simply turns to Stamets and says, “I’m not a she,” and then that’s it. There’s no other conversation that has to happen.
Rapp also talked about his personal relationship with del Barrio – who is just getting their start in acting – also paralleled the relationship with Stamets and Adira:
It’s been a privilege and Blu del Barrio has been such a phenomenal human being and a phenomenal actor. This is their first professional job right out of drama school and from moment one in front of the camera they were just knocking out of the park, just destroying it with incredible authenticity and humor and ability and wherewithal… The bonus of it is I got to do this material that I love, but with someone that I grew to love so much. There is really this blend of life and art that just comes together in a wonderful way
Still nerding out
Being a self-described nerd and longtime fan of Star Trek, Rapp also talked about what it meant for him to be part of the show:
This whole experience has been such a bonus round experience. I would never have expected myself to have been on Star Trek. I would never had thought a nerd could be on a show like that. I was always going to be a fan of these shows, I didn’t think I was going to be on them.