Earlier this week, we shared the news that voice recording had already started on the third season of the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Today we share some tidbits from the three live-action Star Trek shows currently in production.
Strange New Worlds shooting eighth episode
Production continues apace for Strange New Worlds. On Thursday, director Amanda Row revealed she was helming an episode. The news came via her Twitter, with a photo of the clapboard with Thursday’s date, showing she is directing the eighth episode (108) of the ten-episode series. This is Row’s first time directing for Star Trek, and she showed her excitement with the message “THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!!!!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 I AM CURRENTLY DIRECTING #STARTREK” She has previously directed a number of other series including Cloak & Dagger, Doom Patrol, and The 100.
— Amanda Michael Row (@AmandaMRow) June 10, 2021
Amanda Row follows Sydney Freeland, who directed episode seven of the new series, who also shared a clapboard picture (from the beginning of the month) this week. Freeland is another Trek first-timer, with previous experience directing for Gray’s Anatomy, Fear the Walking Dead, and Nancy Drew. She shared her excitement on Instagram with the message “So so much I want to say about this. But until the time comes 🖖🏽.”
Episode one of the series is directed by co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman, but the rest of the first season (from what we know so far) appears to be directed by women. In addition to Row and Freeland, other episodes have been helmed by Maja Vrvilo (who has directed episodes of Discovery and Picard), Leslie Hope, and Andi Armaganian.
And in the last couple of days, two of new writers (Bill Wolkoff and Onitra Johnson) shared their excitement visiting the set and being part of the show.
— Bill Wolkoff (@flying_lobster) June 11, 2021
— Onitra Johnson (@OnitraJ) June 11, 2021
Production of the show set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise began in February. Recently, stars Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn have offered updates that the Toronto-based production has been going smoothly, despite COVID protocols. Strange New Worlds is expected to debut on Paramount+ in 2022.
John de Lancie still at work on Picard
We also have a brief update from the production of Star Trek: Picard, thanks to a post today from executive producer and co-showrunner Terry Matalas. He posted an image of actor John de Lancie sitting in a captain’s chair in Matalas’ office.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) June 11, 2021
As revealed in the teaser for season two, de Lancie is returning to Star Trek to reprise his role as the godlike Q, and he has been offering updates on Cameo over the last couple of months, revealing he is going to appear in six episodes total, spanning seasons two and three of the series. De Lancie’s most recent revelation may have even spoiled a surprising character return.
Production on the ten-episode second season of Picard also began in February in Los Angeles. It is expected to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022.
Discovery has “locked” some season 4 episodes as production continues
The next live-action Trek set to arrive on Paramount+ is the fourth season of Discovery. During a Gold Derby Emmy panel this week co-showrunner Michelle Paradise gave an update on progress:
In terms of an airdate, I don’t know. The teaser trailer said “2021” so we’ll go with that. I don’t want to give away how far along we were in shooting. Our finale is written. We are in the midst of shooting things. We’re in the midst of editing things. We have some cuts that are picture locked. We’re doing VFX. A lot of things are coming together and we’re pretty excited about how it’s all shaping up.
And during the Outfest panel last weekend, she offered this:
Our trailer has been released and our heroes are going to have some challenges this coming season and some things they need to deal with. I think it will be an interesting season for all of them in terms of challenging as individuals and challenging their relationships with each other and how those relationships can grow. I have to say, it’s really fun watching these folks bring these stories to life. I am eyeball-deep in editing right now and it is an absolute treat.
So it appears that they are deep into editing the fourth season, including “picture locking” some episodes, which means finishing the episode cut, but awaiting visual effects, music, and other post-production elements. Speaking of editing, earlier this week editor Scott Gamzon shared his excitement on Twitter for being back at work on Discovery for season four.
— Scott Gamzon, ACE 🏳️🌈 (@ScottGamzon) June 8, 2021
Even though COVID protocols have added some complications, during the Gold Derby panel actor Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets) also pointed to how the cast has benefited from the pandemic production delay:
In season four we’ve been given the scripts sometimes weeks before we do the episode, which is bananas. In the first season there were a couple times where we got them at the last minute, but that was before Michelle [Paradise] came on board. She’s running a super-tight ship that way, and we’re really grateful. Seriously. It’s really great to have that run-up, especially when we have a lot of super high-tech dialog. Yesterday was sort of typical for me. It was a little bit of a later call. I had to be there at 8am, but I didn’t wrap until 10pm. And the whole day I was talking about science-y things. My brain at the end of the night was kind of leaking out my ears, but it was very satisfying.
Another actor to weigh in on those late nights on the set is Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), who earlier this week shared a photo of herself with co-star Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun). Coutts said on Instagram: “filmed all night and watched the sunrise with my partner in crime 🌴 #startrekdiscovery.”
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Paramount+ has announced season four of Discovery will arrive later in 2021.
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