Longtime fans of Star Trek have been longing for a new television series set in the universe Gene Roddenberry created. The movies with Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana have been fun, but there is something about the serial adventures of a Federation starship that just can’t be duplicated in a two-hour big screen extravaganza. The announcement of Star Trek: Discovery had fans excited again, but delays have worn that excitement down a bit. The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp and Rainn Wilson.
Star Trek: Discovery is making its Comic-Con debut this weekend and we have Erin Wilhelm on site and reporting.
The panel started off with footage including a lot of things blowing up, a mystery on the ship, and a scene with Rainn Wilson as Mudd. It’s a trailer we haven’t seen before.
And the cast has hit the stage. Look at that smiling Jason Isaacs. According to his Twitter, Isaacs had a very difficult trip to the show, but is happy to be there and part of Star Trek. It’s said that “Captain Lorca is the most fucked-up of any of the other captain,”…and that’s a quote. And there are raging debates about canon daily in the writer’s room.
And it’s been confirmed that the Klingons will be speaking Klingon with subtitles for the audience.
Akiva Goldsman admits to being a Star Trek fan in the ’70s and is blown away to be part of the franchise now.
Doug Jones’s character of Lt. Saru is a Kelpien with hooved feet which makes Jones walk very funny and alien on set.
Discovery will be one story-arc over the 15-episode production rather than the weekly adventure format.
Wilson Cruz (Rent, My So-Called Life) will play love interest of Anthony Rupp. They are both officers on the ship.
The show’s main character Michael Burnham (Martin-Green) is a surrogate child of Spock’s parents, who took her in after her parents were murdered. She was raised on Vulcan and attended the Vulcan Science Academy. She was mentored by Sarak and then Michelle Yeoh’s character. They are staying true to canon and will at some point explain why Spock has a foster sister we have never heard of before.
Jeff Russo (Fargo) is doing music for the show. He’s already done the theme and the producers have developed the title sequence.
Goldsman talked about the important of finding conflict resolution that is utopian, not dystopian, for Star Trek — that the show must have hope at its core.