Paramount+ uses their Star Trek Logs Instagram account to reveal tidbits about the various Trek shows, this week there are two logs offering up some more insight into Star Trek: Discovery. Plus David Ajala talks about how he is approaching Book’s mental health storyline in season four.
Nilsson on how not everyone is cool with the new Zora
The bridge officer Nilsson was introduced in the first episode of season two, played by Sara Mitich who played Airiam 1.0 in season one. Nilsson (named for singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson by former Discovery writer/producer Ted Sullivan) has appeared in 21 episodes throughout the last three seasons, but her first name Eva was not revealed until this week with the release of an audio log. In the log Nilsson talks about how she feels after being put in the pattern buffer during the events of “Stormy Weather” and offers her thoughts on how Zora has “become more” than the ship’s computer. She also hints at the crew’s apprehension over the new Zora saying: “I’m not sure everyone on board will be entirely comfortable with how she’s changed.”
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Book’s log about his father
“Stormy Weather” also featured Cleveland “Book” Booker dealing with visions of his estranged father. In his new personal log, Book talks about how the vision could be both real and a manifestation of his subconsciousness.
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Ajala on Book’s mental health journey
Season four has focused on Book coping with the loss of his planet and his family. In a new interview with Digital Spy David Ajala talked about the focus on mental health in season four and how he had to prepare himself:
I remember thinking, with a story like this, I knew this would be something I’d have to sit in for a considerable amount of time, and I had to really make sure that I protect my own mental health. My spiritual, physical, and mental health, that was really, really important because I wanted to tell the fullness of this guy’s story, without holding back. I had to approach it from a place of joy and liberty, as weird and profound as that may sound, it sounds like an oxymoron.
Ajala talked in detail about the shooting the therapy seasons with Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) in the episode “All is Possible”:
I thought, this is the first time these two characters are meeting in a very, very safe space, and we’re dealing with mental health, specifically from the lens – though these are universal themes – from a Black man and a brown man, having this conversation, and we wanted it to be as transparent as possible. Before each take, we did an exercise that allowed us to be very, very open and in the moment because we can’t do a therapy session and be guarded or kind of skillfully act our way through it. It needed a different energy and flavour. I felt very, very proud how Wilson brought that to the table, brought that out of me and I for him, and to see how people responded to it. That specific therapy session of feeling anger, resentment, pain, frustration, grief and actively working through it, was a very exposing thing to show on TV. But I think for that very reason, that’s why it’s so important.
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