Preview ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Episode 402 With New Photos And A Clip From “Anomaly”

The second episode of season four of Star Trek: Discovery arrives on Paramount+ this week. We have some new details, photos, a clip and more to get you started.


The new episode of Discovery (titled “Anomaly”) debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, November 25, which is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.


Saru returns to help the U.S.S. Discovery uncover the mystery of an unusually destructive new force. As Burnham leads the crew, she must also find a way to help Book cope with an unimaginable loss.

New Images:

Ronnie Rowe as Bryce

Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun and Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer

Wilson Cruz as Culber and Mary Wiseman as Tilly

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Wilson Cruz as Culber

David Ajala as Book

David Ajala as Book and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham

David Ajala as Book

David Ajala as Book

David Ajala as Book and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham

David Ajala as Book and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham

Ian Alexander as Gray Tal

David Ajala as Book and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham

Sonequa Martin Green as Burnham

Sara Mitich as Nilsson and Ronnie Rowe as Bryce

Previously released images:

New publicity photos show off new bar

Paramount+ has also released some posed publicity photos which show off a bar set, Captain Burnham in the chair, and more.

Wilson Cruz as Culber

Clip: Captains on the bridge

The official Star Trek after show The Ready Room featured a clip from this week’s episode (at the 32:48 mark) showing Saru’s return to the bridge of the USS Discovery. The full episode of The Ready Room also includes interviews with Kate Mulgrew and Sonequa Martin-Green, as well as features on the new AR Wall being used by Discovery and a spotlight on the new character of Federation President Rillak.

UPDATE: Sonequa on Burnham/Rillak relationship

On Monday morning Sonequa Martin-Green was a guest on CBS This Morning where she talked about the impact of shooting season four so soon after giving birth. The actress also discussed how losing her parents in April and the complicated relationship with the new Federation President.

UPDATE 2: Sonequa talks grief on The View

Martin-Green was also a guest today on The View where she talked to Next Generation veteran Whoopi Goldberg about being the first black female captain to lead a Star Trek show. Sonequa also talked a lot about coping with grief, as she lost both of her parents in April.

New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on CraveDiscovery will debut on Paramount+ in 45 countries around the world in 2022.

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Sara Mitich is so pretty. The writers give her nothing to do, though, which is a shame. I’ve seen movies she’s been in, so I know she can act.

She and the rest of the bridge crew are glorified extras – sad but true.

Agreed! I would love to see more out of Owo and Rhys. I’ve always felt Owo was the next in line for FO. She is a character I would love to get to know.

Maybe a Lower Decks episode for Disco would be cool.

But they’re not Lower Decks.

They are senior officers – now all Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders.

Tilly and Adria Tal are junior in rank but main cast. They are in fact the representative Lower Deckers on this show.

Which is why it’s awkward.

I get the idea of having main cast actors across a range of ranks, but that shouldn’t mean excluding any background on the senior officers that aren’t main cast. Lower Decks is managing that.

True! I was thinking about just an episode that focuses on those characters. Or bring back short treks to give them background.

You are right, they are not lower deckers, now that they are all Lt. and Lt. Cmdrs. The writers of LD do an amazing job balancing lower deckers and senior crew on that show. I wish sometimes it wasn’t all about Michael.

if you are only making 10 episodes a season, chances are you are not going to get a Detmer or Bryce episode. A scene here or there is all you should expect.

I miss those 26 episode seasons

They will never come back. TNG had a lot of stinkers. The show would have been much better with only 10 episodes a season.


Just because your on the bridge crew doesn’t mean you’re part of the main cast. This isn’t old trek.

The bridge crew wasn’t part of the main cast on TOS, either.

Yep, wasted characters as is Owo, probably the only one who looks like she could hold a lead role in an episode (think the rest of the bridge crew unfortunately look a bit too generic and haven’t got enough life in their characters)

Lorna Dune, good to hear you’ve caught Sara Mitich in films, but she’s no exception.

All of the Canadian background bridge officer actors have great acting skills.

This is why they keep having to be written out.

They all have other projects, including feature films, guest star roles and made for TV movies. Some are producing their own film and stage projects.

They are likely using their roles on Discovery to provide regular base income and get some profile with US casting agents.

As I’ve mentioned on other threads, we can expect Bryce to be written out this year. Ronnie Rowe Jr is a lead in a new BET+/CBC series that went into production in May.

To Commander K, all of these actors could hold a lead if their characters were given a bit more dimension. We saw some of that with Kayla Detmer in season three, but Owo is the only one that we have much backstory on so far.

If you would like to see these actors in other things, I suggest:

Ronnie Rowe Jr in the two independent films Black Cop and Akilla’s Escape

Patrick Kwok-Choon in the FX anthology Nine Films about Texhnology

Thank you! I didn’t realize how busy and active these actors are. I’m definitely going to check their work out. Even if they do get little screen time on Disco, I do enjoy watching them.

Most of them show up in guest roles on Canadian shows, particularly Raven Dauda who plays Dr Pollard.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there are videos of her one woman stage plays. She won a major Canadian award for one that she did on addiction.

The actor who plays Owo has a main cast role in a Canadian show for tweens called Endlings that is going into production on its third season. It deals with some fairly tough issues for a kids show.

Yep… it’s not an ensemble show… at least not in a classic sense. They’re the equivalent of day players, like Takei and Koenig were on the original.

“Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he’ll never tell his doctor.”

Has anybody spotted a character in red below captain rank? Is there just not a command division anymore?

Interesting point.

Perhaps they didn’t want to give away who would be the first officer by putting someone else in red?

It actually harks back to TOS where only Kirk was in gold.

you mean Green. Sulu and Chekov both wore gold

Yes, correct, green. In that case, gold seemed to be associated with piloting.

Wait a minute, are you saying Kirk’s uniform was a different colour than Sulu and Chekov’s ? Damn I hate being Colour blind…

Not always. The wrap top was green.

Mr Saru… Love that… Mr Spock, Mr Worf, Mr Odo, Mr Tuvok, Mr Neelix and now Mr Saru :-) It’s a funny, adorable Trek thing adding Mr to alien names that aren’t actual surnames :-)

Someone, mastercut this!

It’s a military thing, hardly unique to Star Trek. It’s no different than Mr. Sulu, Mr. Scott, Mr. La Forge, Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Paris, etc. I honestly don’t see why you consider it funny or adorable, nor do I understand why you think a surname is required to address someone as “Mr.”

The really odd thing is that it was never Ms Troi, Ms Kira or Ms Torres.

Female officers were always referred to by rank.

Troi wasn’t a command officer, though, she was a counselor who inexplicably had a seat on the Bridge. Kira and Torres were not Starfleet, so that might be why they weren’t called “Mister”. Really, I can’t recall anyone but Tuvok using “Mister” (which he used for Paris and Kim all the time) on Voyager, and that might be a Vulcan thing. To everyone else they were Tom and Harry or Lieutenant/Ensign.

O’Brien wasn’t an officer so wasn’t called “Mister” except in a couple of weird cases where they behaved like he was an officer and not an NCO, which is its own can of worms.

It wasn’t inexplicable as to why Troi had a seat on the bridge. She could sense emotion. That’s important.

Not really. She almost always simply stated the obvious. I mean, when even that 20th Century human Offenhaus can do the same thing as Deanna, what’s the point in having Deanna on the Bridge?

And the one time she was actually useful, in “Samaritan Snare”, Riker ignored her.

Troi was a Lt Commander and passed her command officer qualification test.

So while her principal roles were as Counselor and First Contact expert, she did have command rank in the later seasons. Which is why we see her in the centre seat occasionally.

The first contact officer/ expert was a reason not only to be on the bridge but also to join away missions.

Troi was a Lt Commander and passed her command officer qualification test.

Not until Thine Own Self, midway through the final season. Prior to that, she really had no business being on the bridge, a point Ro explicitly made in Disaster. Do you really need ‘First Contact Expert’? Isn’t that basically the job of the Captain? And did anyone ever say Deanna was a First Contact Expert? In the first few years, Deanna almost always stated things that were painfully obvious (“He’s frightened!” They’re hiding something!” Duh.)

Lt. Commander is a rank, not a job. Doctors, Dentists and Lawyers can be Lt Cmdrs too. That doesn’t mean they’re qualified to sit in the Center Seat.

Well, the weirdest one was Mr. Saavik.

Mr Saavik this proves there’s no bias here.

Looks like it’s gonna be an emotional one. Love it when Star Trek brings the feels. It’s what the show has always been about.

Captain Burnham gives the best speeches. This show is the best.

I bet Saru will return as captain of the Discovery eventually or will head off to captain the Voyager

My bet is on Voyager at some point.

Saru as Discovery Captain will only happen once the ego in the chair has left for good…

Given the reveal of a new shipyard with an explicit connection to Star Trek: Enterprise due to it being named after Jonathan Archer (or possibly his father Henry, or both), including the end-credits theme (Archer’s theme) being played, while the Federation president was talking about Starfleet getting back to exploration, I suspect that may all be foreshadowing Saru being given command of a newly-constructed Enterprise (NCC-1701-Z? NCC-1701-AA? NCC-17001? They seem to get through those letters faster than most ships) at the end of the season.

I would be happy if Saru was Captain of any new ship. But yes the Voyager J or a brand new Enterprise would feel amazing.

Tilly is going to be Voyager’s captain.

Would like to hope Adira holds some of the character traits of last season and doesn’t turn into jelly like Tilly at the first sign of crisis. Actually liked Adira as the quiet yet confident Wesley (without all the Wesley annoyances).

I hate Gray’s blue hair, it seems like such a 21st century emo look and not very Star Trekky. The asymmetrical uniforms also really bug me. Otherwise I’m glad to have the show back.

It’s possible that’s a natural hair colour for Trill humanoids…

Boimler has purple hair, so anything’s possible,

How many more publicity shots can they take of them just standing around?

That is the point of a Publicity shot…

You know I have to say while I don’t enjoy Michael Burnham as a character, I could watch Sonequa Martin-Green interviews all day, every day. She has a lovely quality about her that’s warm, measured, genuine and engaging. So tragic to learn about the loss of both her parents from those two interviews, and just one day apart from one another. The strength with which she talks about that loss is really striking.

For that to have happened, and to have given birth to her daughter AND then go back into Discovery, give herself over and work all those long hours to portray this character is an incredible testament to her strength as a person.

I’ve never felt like they utilized her actual personality well enough. Same with Michelle Yeoh.

Good episode; one of the better for the series thus far, I think.

God, the flame thrower effects on the bridge are soooo bad. All the money they spend on this show, and that’s supposed to pass for an organic effect.