Season four of Star Trek: Discovery arrives on Thursday, November 18 on Paramount+. At New York Comic Con, TrekMovie participated in some group interviews with members of the cast and crew, one of which was with the pair-up of Mary Wiseman (Tilly) and David Ajala (Book). They told us and a handful of other outlets what to expect for their characters and more.
How does Tilly’s scientific mind come into play in solving the crisis of the anomaly in season four?
I think that she is one of the go-to people when there is hard science stuff to crack. It’s her, Adira, Stamets, and Reno who are the really hard science people. Well, Reno’s really more engineering. So I think Tilly definitely goes to employ those skills. But I think one of the things that leaves everyone feeling unmoored in this situation is they don’t even know how to use their skills to deal with this because it’s something they’ve never seen before, and they can’t predict it, they don’t know by which rules it’s operating, and how to even engage. So when very capable people feel un-capable, crazy things happen.
In season three Tilly was first officer and then acting captain; how does all of that affect who she is in season four?
Mary Wiseman: That experience affects her so much this season. Maybe having had to step up to the plate before she was ready… I think she intellectually knows that she didn’t fail, and that it’s not her fault that Osyraa took the ship, she didn’t have all the information, but I still think the fact that that she took command and somehow lost the ship would be an enormous blow to her confidence and make her question a lot of stuff. So I think we pick up with her after some time has passed since the events of that season, but she’s still sort of not really sure what to make of it, and everything that used to be really comfortable isn’t sitting as comfortably as it used to… if that makes sense.
You two are Michael’s boyfriend and best friend, so does Michael becoming captain create any new tension in season four?
Mary Wiseman: We don’t have that many scenes together but there’s a lot of tension between us just as actors and personalities. (laughs)
David Ajala: Legit, it’s still very palpable here. Do you see that tension?
Mary Wiseman: I wish there… maybe in the future there’s room for some protective best friend/boyfriend energy. I think there’s room for it. I hope we’re able to explore it because there’s potential for great levity, but then also really important conversations to be had because when you care about someone you don’t want to see them go through pain, and I can see completely how Tilly will be very protective of Michael Burnham.
David, Can we expect any surprising uses of the special things that Book can do in season four, now that he can control the spore drive?
David Ajala: Yeah. With his skill and abilities, we will see how he may use them in a way that may affect his relationship with Michael Burnham.
Mary Wiseman: That was a really good teaser.
David, has Michael becoming captain changed Book’s relationship with her?
David Ajala: I think it’s made Cleveland Booker even more attracted to Michael Burnham because I think he looks and goes ‘Oh, scrumptious. That’s a crumpet I want to butter.’ [laughter]
We’ve seen Captain Killy, so what does Mirror Universe Book look like?
David Ajala: I’ve never thought about that. What do you think it looks like?
Mary Wiseman: Well… what is like the same root of Book but like the polar opposite expression of it? Like maybe he would be way too codependent or something?
David Ajala: The first thing that comes to mind, is maybe he’s a borderline narcissist, vry egotistical, and self-absorbed. All those wonderful things that don’t make you a good human being.
And how and how would your abilities be used in the Mirror Universe?
David Ajala: I would be very dangerous. Because Book is someone who doesn’t just have cerebral, intellectual intelligence. He also has emotional intelligence. And if you’re able to use that against someone, that could be very, very dangerous,
Mary Wiseman: Right, when you use empathy for evil, it’s manipulation.
David Ajala: Yeah, absolutely. And for your own gain, right?
Mary Wiseman: That that could be a very powerful person in the Mirror Universe.
David Ajala: What about Grudge in the mirror universe?
Mary Wiseman: A dog!
David Ajala: A very licky, friendly dog.
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