While she was in London to help launch Paramount+ in the UK Sonequa Martin-Green talked about how she and others hear what some critics have to say, and she also discussed the long-term plans for the series which just began shooting its fifth season.
Sonequa to critics: “I get it”
In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times Sonequa Martin-Green mostly talked about season four, which was newly released with the UK launch of Paramount+, but they did cover some other topics including being asked about criticism of how the series is different than other Star Trek shows. And Martin-Green welcomed the opportunity to discuss this issue:
I love talking about this because let’s be real… We are very different than other iterations. And we had to find ourselves. We had to find our identity and settle into it. And the fact that we are hyper-serialized; the fact that we have sort of reinvented ourselves over and over and over again, and I have to shout out our writers for that. There are a lot of changes. Because the fan base for the franchise as a whole, and the fan base for Discovery in particular, it’s a highly intellectual loyal crowd. These are very intelligent people who have such a depth of passion and heart and loyalty to the franchise. And so they have an ownership. They’ve carried it with them for years. And it’s meant a lot to them for years. And so because of that, their voices, I think, deserve to be heard. And we appreciate their voices, even if they are in disagreement with us. Even if they’re criticizing, but I get where you’re coming from, though, because this means a lot to you.
And it’s hard to be different with something like this. And it was hard for us to be different. But I think we’ve really found ourselves and I think our fan base has really found their sort of relationship with us as well, at this point. That’s not to say that we’re robots and that we don’t care when we hear somebody being really angry about something that we’ve done. It’s like, “Oh, man, that sucks.” But at the same time, we’re like, “Yeah, but we understand where you’re coming from.” And then there are many people who are like, “But I love the changes.” There’s so many different perspectives. And isn’t that the whole point is to serve as so many perspectives. That’s, that’s the whole part of diversity and inclusion. Everybody’s got to be represented. So I get it and I hear you, but maybe you’ll change your mind. And if not, you’re allowed. It’s all good.
No endgame yet?
Due to concerns over Paramount+ PR retribution, Martin-Green couldn’t say much about season five which just began filming:
Mums the word. A Taser will come from the ceiling and get me… I know that it’s going to be great. And I mean that. I can tell you that. [laughs] Lots more discovery. I can tell you that too.
But when asked about the long-term future of the series and if there had been any discussions with the executive producers about an “endgame” for Discovery, she was a bit more open, saying:
Well, the show is definitely rolling forward, thankfully. But, there haven’t been talks about the endgame yet. We talk a lot about things that we still want to see, or at least they share with me ideas that they have. I talk about things that I would like to see – not just with Burnham but with others and with the story as a whole. So there is forward-thinking, absolutely. And there’s foresight being applied, absolutely. But thankfully, we’re not having endgame conversations yet.
Martin-Green also talked about how she would be up to follow in the footsteps of Sir Patrick Stewart (and Kate Mulgrew) and return to the franchise decades after the series wraps:
Absolutely. And our beloved Kate Mulgrew is back now as well, lending her genius to our animated world. I appreciate the the opportunities that both Sir Patrick and Kate have had to come back, because they are just as loved today as they ever were. Perhaps more, probably more loved. They’re legendary! And so to have them back and to have them back in a new way is very exciting to us, and then to everybody who loves the show. So yeah, I would. I love Michael Burnham. That would be really cool if I could come back in 30 years. God willing we’re all good to go 30 years from nowand still watching TV.
Here is the full video interview with Radio Times.
All four seasons of Star Trek: Discovery are now available in the UK on Paramount+.