Star Trek Discovery
By Jayse Smith
For over fifty years there has been one television series which has dominated the Sci-Fi genre, lets just say the franchise has lived long and prospered. It’s given us iconic characters like Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and who could forget Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), coupled with visual effects way ahead of its time, Star Trek has wowed audiences and is set for a second season of its’ modernised new venture Star Trek: Discovery.
The revamp of the series which was released in September 2017 and has been well received by fans. It tells a story which takes place a decade before Captian Kirks deep space adventures portrayed in the original Star Trek which aired in the 1960’s – and a century before the events which take place in Star Trek: Enterprise. The series focuses on the main character Michal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), a science specialist and the crew of the starship Discovery during the Klingon-Federation war.
Throughout the series there is drama, love, far-fetched technology and fantastic supporting characters, the standouts being Saru (Doug Jones), Tilly (Mary Wiseman) and Voq/Ash Tyler (Shazad Lartif). After such a great response from fans and critics alike (the series got an 82% rating on rotten tomatos) a second season of the series was ordered in October 2017.
Star Trek: Discovery at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC)
SDCC goers were treated to a panel with cast members from the show. Those appearing on the panel include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr Hugh Culber),
Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and newcomer Anson Mount, who will play the role of Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise in Season Two.
SDCC saw the premiere of the trailer for Discovery’s second season, where this writer came away from with goosebumps. We see Burnham’s character thrust back into space with constant explosions, spaceflight, asteroids as the totally apt Fly away by Lenny Kravitz plays in the background. There’s also the addition of a new Starfleet uniform which fans of the OG will identify with and although it was teased in the trailer that yes Spock will indeed appear in the latest instalment of the series, fans didn’t get to see him in this trailer. There’s also the addition of a new captain for this season who introduces himself as Pike.
After the panel discussion with the discovery cast we’ve learnt that series two will air in January, but there’s a Christmas present coming, there will be four films or ‘Short Treks’ about some of the characters. Despite a broken neck in season 1 Dr. Culber is back – it’ll be interesting to see how they fit that in, although if someone could bring back the dead it would be Lt. Stamets.
It was also teased that there will be a visit to Saru’s home planet where we will learn more about the predator/prey role that his character falls into. “We’re syncing up with the original, so there’ll be a lot of Easter eggs this year,” promises Kurtzman.
You can catch season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Netflix AU now.
Season 2 will be available in January, but stay tuned for more information about the short films coming in December