Last week TrekMovie spoke to Anthony Rapp about the release of Star Trek: Discovery season 3 on Blu-ray/DVD, and season 4. Rapp spoke to some other outlets, with co-star Doug Jones also doing a round of interviews. We have curated some of the more interesting insights into what is to come in season 4.
Saru is still a captain, but…
The big news in the season finale was Michael Burnham being promoted to the rank of captain and given command of the USS Discovery. That left a bit of an open question regarding Saru’s status. Speaking to startrek.com Doug Jones did offer some clarity:
“I’ve still got captain status with Starfleet,” Jones disclosed. “The question for Season 4 will be, where do they plug me in, and how? And you’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.”
Saru was last seen at the end of season three back on his home planet of Kaminar, helping Su’Kal – the lost Kelpien discovered to be at the center of The Burn – re-assimilate. Speaking to Inverse Jones talked about Saru’s divided attentions in season four:
“You’ll see a tug [in Season 4] between home and his duties to Starfleet,” teases the actor. “I think Saru’s longing for home is something any of us can relate to: how nostalgic we’ve all become for relationships, family, and friends. Those things have become even more important to us in a world faced with peril. I think you’ll see these seeds of Saru wrestling with that, the idea of being tethered to home during Season 4.”
More family… and some Saru romance
Speaking to ScreenRant, Anthony Rapp confirms the family connection with Adira and Gray will grow in season four:
“Yes, and I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that one of the cool things about season 4 for Adira and Gray is that they get to spread their wings a little bit. They have their sea legs now so you get to see them in their own right and not just simply as a piece of the family puzzle or being overseen and tended to in that way.”
And Doug Jones reveals to Decider he has a personal connection with the Adira storyline, and hints at more to come:
“And then the Blu del Barrio’s character, Adira, playing into the chosen family scenario with Dr. Culber [Wilson Cruz] and Commander Stamets [Anthony Rapp], that they kind of have a child now in a chosen family kind of way, which I can relate to because my lovely Mrs. Jones and I never were able to have kids of our own and did an adult adoption with a young lady that we met 18 years ago, who’s now our daughter. So chosen family is a real thing, and it’s nice to see that played out. We have more rotating in for Season 4.”
“…if you look at another episode in Season 3, you’ll see that he meets President T’rina from the planet Ni’var, which was formerly Vulcan. And his heart goes a little bit flutter, flutter over her. So if there’s a romantic interest, that’s probably going to be President T’rina from Ni’var.”
Stamets saving the universe, again… with help from Book
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Antony Rapp revealed season four allowed him to work more with an actor he didn’t get much time with in season three:
“I think I can say that one of the exciting things for me is that I get to have some really nice moments with David Ajala, who is such a fantastic person and a wonderful actor, but we were on very different tracks in season three when he first came onto the show, so I may have had one moment where we even were in the same room. But in season four, I get a nice extended sequence with him, working with him on something, and that was just a total pleasure to get to spend that time with David and to watch his wonderful work in person. Stamets is working his butt off in season four; I can tell you that much, trying to help save the universe again.”
Jones sees Discovery going more than five seasons
Production on the fourth season is wrapping up soon, with Jones telling Decider that pandemic protocols have added some time:
“We came back though, filming Season 4, and we’re closing in on the end of it now in Toronto. That’s been our first experience filming under the COVID restrictions… We have had a couple stops and starts. It has taken us longer this season. What normally takes us eight or nine months, it will take us maybe closer to 11 this year, maybe. But again, we’re going to complete a season. You’ll have a Season 4 to look at later this year.”
Note: In his TrekMovie interview last week Anthony Rapp revealed his work on the season was already complete, but that shooting was continuing at a different location that didn’t include Stamets. And David Ajala revealed on Twitter last Thursday he had also finished his work.
And speaking to Inverse Doug Jones talked about his expectations for more to come:
“They told me they had a five-year plan,” says the actor, discussing his earliest meetings about Discovery. “That was, like, three showrunners ago.” Jones laughs. “Those people weren’t even around anymore,” he adds. “I’m sure [the series] could go on much longer now. Or will go on much longer.”
Shortly before season four went into production executive producer Alex Kurtzman said he was discussing plans for the future of the Star Trek Universe on Paramount Plus through to 2027. And specifically, the co-showrunner said he felt there are “years and years left on Discovery.” As of now, Paramount+ has not yet announced plans to continue the series past season four and traditionally season pickups aren’t announced until the latest at least begins to stream.
Season four of Discovery will debut on Paramount+ later in 2021.
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