Since joining Star Trek: Discovery as a recurring character in season two, Tig Notaro’s acerbic engineer Jett Reno has become a fan favorite. She has previously been confirmed to be returning for season four and now we have a bit more detail on when and how Notaro will be part of Discovery again.
Reno arriving “very soon”
Tig Notaro appeared in five episodes each of seasons two and three of Star Trek: Discovery, but due to health concerns she chose to limit her shooting time during the pandemic. While production on season 4 began in November 2020, Notaro didn’t arrive on set until May 2021 and was there for just two weeks. Usually that would just be enough for a single episode, but as she explained at the time, she would be shooting more than one: “It’s all going to be crammed in two weeks.”
So far there have been no scenes with Reno in the first three episodes, and no indication she’s in episode four (which arrives on Thursday) based on the previews. However, in a new interview with Forbes, co-showrunner Michelle Paradise promises we won’t have long to wait for more Reno:
You’ll see her very soon. Tig is so awesome on this show. We love her. I mean, we would have her all the time if we could get her all the time. But you know, she’s so busy and doing awesome other things. And so we grab her when we can. So we don’t have her as much as some of our other characters. But she’ll be coming up soon within the first half of the season, for sure.
We have gotten a couple of glimpses of Notaro as Reno in season four promos. She appeared for a moment in the NYCC trailer saying, “Oh well, I’ve lived a good life.”
Paradise talked about how they accommodated Notaro by shooting scenes from multiple episodes at the same time:
Yeah, that’s something that we do with her every season, because her time is so limited. What we’ll do is basically clump her work together so that she’s able to come in and then do a few episodes at a time and then go off and do her other things, just because having her come back and forth, her schedule is very, very jammed. So we try to make it as easy as possible to get her as much as we can.
We also got a glimpse of Notaro as Reno in a new online promo released yesterday.
More Reno and Stamets
Having Tig film scenes that can be inserted into previously filmed content is something she is getting known for. The actress was brought in to replace a character in the Netflix zombie movie Army of the Dead, shooting all of her scenes after main production had wrapped. Discovery is different, as she isn’t performing in front of a greenscreen and being inserted into previous filmed scenes, which means we will still get to see some of the chemistry she has with some of the other actors, like the fun dynamic between Jett Reno and Paul Stamets in previous seasons.
During a pre-season four Discovery junket (via Decider), Anthony Rapp confirmed he shot scenes with Notaro, but added, “Not quite as much as I’d love… It’s always a total pleasure to spend time with Tig. She’s just a genius person.” During the same group interview, Wilson Cruz said “She’s in it a lot. In the little time that we had, they really put her to work.” And Blu del Barrio said that Reno and Adira “got a little thing” to do as well, adding, “It was great.”
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