Category: Star Trek: Discovery

Apr 20, 2018

Everything Known About ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season Two (So Far)

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Now that filming has officially begun on season two of Star Trek: Discovery, we thought we’d recap what we’ve learned about the new season so far. Thanks to recent interviews, casting announcements, convention appearances, and the big Discovery WonderCon panel, a picture of what we can expect for season two is stating to emerge.


Season 2 stats

Number of episodes: 13

Filming: April 16, 2018 – November 8, 2018

Production location: Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Canada

Release date: T.B.A.

Pinewood Studios in Toronto where Discovery is filmed

The creative team: Few changes expected

No major changes from the first season are expected with the creative team behind Star Trek: Discovery. Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg are still showrunners with executive producers Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman overseeing the show. There may be a few changes inside the writers room. One new addition to the writing team is Vaun Wilmot (creator of SyFy show Dominon, and a Trek fan). Also, it appears Joe Menosky has moved on, and may now be writing for The Orville.

Alex Kurtzman will direct the season premiere. Jonathan Frakes is returning to direct the second episode, and then he’ll be back to direct episode 10 (coincidentally he also directed the tenth episode of season one). Akiva Goldsman is also expected to direct at least one episode for the second season.

Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman is currently helming his first episode for the series

The cast: Some new and familiar faces

New cast members:

Anson Mount – Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise, he’ll be in at least the first two episodes of the season.

Alan Van Sprang – Leland is the head of Section 31, introduced in a bonus scene that was originally attached to the end of the season one finale. Based on what Van Sprang said at WonderCon, he’s expected to recur throughout the season.

Tig Notaro – Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the USS Hiawatha, guest staring in an unknown number of episodes.

Anson Mount will play Captain Pike in Season 2  (Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock 5624269k)

Returning main cast:

Sonequa Martin-Green – With her rank now restored, Michael Burnham is a commander in the sciences division.

Doug Jones – Commander Saru is acting captain of the USS Discovery as the season begins.

Anthony Rapp – Lt. Commander Paul Stamets now faces a long road ahead of him, seemingly without the love of his life Hugh Culber and his invention of the spore drive, which is out of commission for now.

Mary Wiseman – The newly graduated Ensign Tilly has a lot to prove on her way up through the command track.

Recurring cast:

Wilson Cruz – Hugh Culber has been confirmed as returning in some form, we’re just not sure how, but Cruz is already in Toronto to film an early episode.

James Frain – Sarek was onboard the U.S.S. Discovery during the cliffhanger ending of season one, so naturally Frain is back in Toronto filming the continuation of the cliffhanger for season two.

Shazad Latif – Ash Tyler (plus Voq’s memories) went off with L’Rell to unify the Klingon houses in the season one finale. Latif has tweeted that he’ll be back on set in May, so we expect the Klingon storyline to pick back up a few episodes into the season.

Mary Chieffo – Cheiffo speaking to TrekMovie at WonderCon, Mary is hoping she will have the chance to explore L’Rell’s struggle to hold power over the Klingon Empire and her relationship with Voq/Tyler in season two. And of course L’Rell was with Tyler at the end of season one, so it stands to reason Chieffo will be back on set with Latif in May.

Expected to return:

Michelle Yeoh – The (former) Terran Empress Georgiou is out there with advanced knowledge of her version of the galaxy and has been asked to share her secrets with Section 31. So we tend to think that she will pop up at least once this season.

The bridge crew gang – Sara Mitich (Airiam), Emily Coutts (Detmer), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Oyin Oladejo (Owosekun), and Ronnie Rowe, Jr. (Bryce). These are all local Toronto actors so they likely come and go from the production as needed, we expect them all to be back for season two.

Possibly returning:

Jayne Brook – While we haven’t seen anything from Brook, she was a fan favorite, so we’re hoping to see Admiral Cornwell explore her relationship with L’Rell as well as dealing with the fallout of Federation decisions during last season’s Klingon war.

Unlikely to return:

Jason Isaacs – We saw (Mirror) Lorca killed in the first season and Lorca Prime is presumed dead. And even though death is not necessarily the end in Star Trek, speaking to TrekMovie at WonderCon, the showrunners made it seem unlikely any Lorca will show up this season, but that there’s certainly a possibility for a return in a future season.

The crew of the USS Discovery

Theme of season two: Science vs Faith

The showrunners have said a few times now, on After Trek, and then at WonderCon, that theme of season two is “science versus faith.” Aaron Harberts explains:

What is the role of serendipity versus science? Is there a story about faith to be told? Leaps of faith. We are dealing with space. We are dealing with things that can’t be explained and you have a character like Michael Burnham who believes there is an explanation for everything. And it doesn’t just mean religion. It means patterns in our lives. It means connections you can’t explain.

Harberts also talked about how the tone of the show will change in season two:

[Season one] was an interesting season because it was set against the backdrop of war. One of things we are looking forward to in season two is a tone that we can now be in a more exploratory phase and a more diplomatic phase – maybe a bit more of a Trekian chapter

Michael Burnham with Amanda and Sarek

Likely storylines

Captain Pike and the USS Enterprise

We were left with the Discovery racing to the Enterprise’s distress call in the season one finale, and we’ve got it on good authority Captain Pike (Anson Mount) will be around for the first couple of episodes, could he be around for more?

Section 31

Thanks to WonderCon and the bonus scene from the season one finale, we found out that the infamous clandestine organization, which exists outside the normal Starfleet and Federation laws, will be featured throughout the second season, the head of Section 31 in this era is Leland (Alan Van Sprang).

Young Burnham and Spock

Speaking to convention goers last weekend director Jonathan Frakes teased fans with the tidbit that we may see a young Spock and young Burnham in the episode he’s about shoot (episode 2).

More canon connections

The first season of the show saw a number of connections to Star Trek canon, such as the characters of Sarek, Amanda and Harry Mudd. Obviously season two will continue with the canon connections with the U.S.S. Enterprise and Captain Pike. Speaking at WonderCon, Aaron Harberts spoke about how wants to explore Trek’s canon more:

The idea was to always be in the Prime Timeline. Obviously, there are questions and concerns and things that are different. Our technology is a little different. We have a ship that runs very differently. We are our own show in a lot of ways. Season two is really exciting for us. This is our opportunity to really show how Discovery fits into this Prime Timeline. We are firmly committed to that.

We’ll learn more about Saru and the Kelpiens

On the season finale of After Trek, the showrunners said we’d see more Kelpiens, and then speaking at WonderCon, Aaron Harberts spoke about Saru specifically:

You will learn more about Saru this season. We had to lay some pipe early in episode 2 [of season one]. What are those threat ganglia. What do they do? What do they represent in the Terran Empire and a lot of that stuff will fold back in when we are back on the air.

That little spore and Stamets’ future

The season finale established that Lt. Stamets will no longer be plugging into the ship to enable the spore drive, leaving the ship to go back to old-fashioned warp drive until Starfleet can find a way to make the spore drive work again. On After Trek Aaron Harberts explained this change for Stamets will be played out:

The spore drive is such a metaphor for Stamets as well. Season 2 is all about his second act. He’s not driving the ship at the moment. He has lost the love of his life. So, we are going to be talking about how he pulls that together.

Speaking of spores, Harberts also teased fans about a particular one scene the last time the drive was used:

I think that fans should be thinking about what landed on Tilly.

One last spore

Changes in the USS Discovery

One of the intriguing possibilities with the introduction of the character of Chief Engineer Reno (Tig Notaro) is that she may be transferring to the U.S.S. Discovery, which could involve us exploring more parts of the ship, including the actual engine room, an iconic set on every Star Trek series, but one we have yet to see on the Discovery. When we asked production designer Tamara Deverell about this, she wouldn’t confirm if they had built a new engine room set, but did say they have been making changes to the sets:

We’ve expanded parts of the ship. We’ve added a corridor that we didn’t have so now we have like a loop corridor. We went a little more mechanical with that corridor which I’m pretty excited about. We had designed something much bigger but we could only go so much, so we’ve got new spaces. There’s a new opening into the mess hall, and one into sick bay. One of the problems we had with [Stamets’ Lab] in Engineering was that it was very dark in one area and the DP, our cinematographer, kind of complaining and a lot of light came from the [spore chamber] cube. So, we are doing a little bit of renovation there, and I’m just going to leave it at that. But I’m pretty excited about it.

More about bridge crew

Aaron Harberts explained at WonderCon that they’re hoping to write in more for the supporting bridge crew to do:

There is only so much you can do with an ensemble cast with how you divvy up your time and how you allocate time to different characters. We didn’t even meet the Discovery crew until episode three, so we were already limited in the amount of time we could really create five or six characters that the audience would bond with and love. But now that people know who they are and have accepted them, now you have the space to start pulling people into things.

And speaking about one of the more mysterious members of the bridge crew:

Airiam is part of the bridge crew and we have a lot of thoughts of who she was and what the augments are all about.

More quiet/character driven moments

Speaking to TrekMovie at WonderCon, Aaron Harberts spoke about adding more character moments for season two:

 …one of the things I am excited to hear is that the fans are open to more scenes where things have “stopped down,” scenes where characters are checking in and where we are learning more about stuff, where the plot isn’t necessarily driving the whole thing. I am proud of all the turns, but I am glad to know people are interested in these quieter moments. Mix it up, have a more of a ‘slice of life’ flavor.

Tyler and L’Rell holding the Empire together

On After Trek the showrunners talked about how even though the Klingon war is over, there is still more to explore with the Empire:

Berg: L’Rell has a huge order in front of her, but I think the right person is in charge.

Harberts: The fact that Tyler has stayed with her and the fact that he has Voq’s memories is going to be a help. As we look into season two, Tyler is definitely going to be questioning the wisdom of that decision. He is the ultimate expat.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman also discussed the state of the Klingon Empire as we go into season two:

There is a détente, that’s forced by ingenuity, but it does not mean that the Klingons have decided that everything’s fine. That problem could flare up at any point.

More exploration

Showrunner Aaron Harberts spoke about writing season two back in January:

This year, we have a fantastic creative team in place, everybody knows each other. But we also have time this year—we have time to do things like more away missions, newer planets. These are stories that might fall a little bit more into a framework of allegory that people love to get from Trek. But we will always continue to have that overarching serialized thread.

And more recently, speaking to TrekMovie at WonderCon he mentioned the idea of exploration again:

We are not at war anymore. It is our hope we are going to be doing more away missions and a lot more exploration. Those people are on the bridge for a reason. They all have special skills and we will start learning more about them.

Remember when we were explorers?

Still much more to learn

All of that may seem like a lot, but there are still quite a few questions remaining about the second season. One of the bigger questions is over who will take command of the U.S.S. Discovery, but there are still many more. There will likely be more guest/recurring star casting announcements during production and it’s likely there will be some revelations at upcoming conventions and events. It’s also likely that a season release date will be announced at the CBS Upfront network presentation in May or at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

TrekMovie will of course continually update all the news about Star Trek: Discovery, so stay tuned.

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 20, 2018

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Loses Out On Peabody, CBS All Access Launching New Sci-Fi Show In June

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Today’s Star Trek: Discovery news roundup finds no joy at the Peabodys, a new sci-fi show coming soon to CBS All Access, some select tweeting from the Disco cast shooting in Toronto and a fun fan video.

No Peabody for Disco

Last week Star Trek: Discovery was named one of 15 nominees for a 2017 Peabody Award for Entertainment. This morning winners were announced and, alas, Discovery was not among them. Winners were American Vandal (Netflix), Better Call Saul (AMC), Homecoming King (Netflix), Insecure (HBO), Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO), Saturday Night Live (NBC), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon).

But the Discovery team should still take pride in being only the second series in the franchise to be nominated for the prestigious award (see Sonequa Martin-Green’s tweet below). And Star Trek still has some pending award possibilities with 5 Saturn Award Nominations, a Hugo Award Nomination, and potentially some Emmy nominations, which will be announced this summer. Fingers crossed!

New sci-fi show coming in June as CBS All Access continues to spread out their originals

Today CBS All Access announced the original show Strange Angel launches on June 14th, with a 10-episode season airing Thursdays. The new show, which CBS says “explores the intersection between science and science fiction,” is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons. The series was created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins) and is based on George Pendle’s book of the same name. Here is how CBS describe the new series:

Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles, started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magick rituals at night, ultimately becoming a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley’s teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavor to the stars.

CBS appears to be spreading out their scripted original All Access content, with one show starting as another wraps up. After Discovery ended its first season, the second season of The Good Fight launched in March, which ends before Strange Angel launches. Strange Angel will likely be followed by the new drama $1 which is currently in production. If the pattern of original launches continues, All Access will have something new in October or November. Of the four other known original All Access shows (The Twilight Zone, Tell Me A Story, No Activity and Star Trek: Discovery), only Discovery is known to be currently in production. However, that is no guarantee it will be the next show for the All Access slate.

CBS is spreading their originals around

The Tilly is back, Culber waits, Pike dreams

Shooting on the second season started on Monday, but the cast of Star Trek: Discovery has been mostly silent on social media. One proof of set life photo popped up on Instagram yesterday, when Mary Wiseman posted a shot of her trailer with the message “The bitch is back!”

The bitch is back! 💙💙💙

A post shared by Mary Wiseman (@morywise) on

And in our update at the beginning of the week, we noted that actor Wilson Cruz was dealing with a lot of weather-related flight delays. In an update on Twitter he revealed that he eventually made it to Toronto, only in time for him to experience a classic filming cliché:

As for new Discovery actor Anson Mount, he Trek-ified the trending hashtag “IdLikeToBeRichEnough with his dreams of being a captain, like Captain Pike.

Fan-made video of the day: Disco intro with TOS Enterprise

This week a big topic has been the genesis of design decisions for the U.S.S. Enterprise as it appears in Star Trek: Discovery, and so this modified version (by CNCcamon1 on YouTube) of the Discovery intro with the original U.S.S. Enterprise is pretty timely.

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 19, 2018

Space Channel Airing ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Unedited Before 9PM Broke Canadian Broadcast Standards

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Star Trek: Discovery is available via streaming in the USA on CBS All Access and via Netflix in 188 countries around the world, and there therefore not subject to traditional broadcast television standards. However, in Canada the first run showings of Discovery are broadcast as a standard TV show on the Bell Media owned Space channel, on Sundays at 8 pm.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council issued a ruling based on a complaint received over the fifth episode “Choose Your Pain,” which aired on Space on October 15. The complaint was regarding the use of profanity and violence in the show and whether it violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Violence Code. These codes state that programming with profanity or violence “intended for adult audience,” should only be broadcast between the hours of 9 pm to 6 am.

Violent scene from “Choose Your Pain” cited in complaint

Space defends not censoring episode on behalf of “loyal and engaged fan base”

“Choose Your Pain” is noteworthy as the first episode in the Star Trek franchise which contained the word “fuck,” or specifically the phrase “fucking cool” which was used by Cadet Sylvia Tilly and Lt. Paul Stamets. There were also a number of fight scenes as well as scenes depicting torture on board a Klingon ship which had captured Captain Lorca.

After the complaint was filed, Space responded to the CBSC, and explained their choice to air the episode at the 8 pm hour without edits. Here is part of their response:

After having viewed the episode prior to airing, Space acknowledged that the use of the word “fuck” “was surprising given the series and franchises’ previous 51 year track record of being fairly clean with regards to its content.” The broadcaster further explained that the “Star Trek franchise has an extremely loyal and engaged fan base so we took into consideration how the coarse language was used and we decided to air the episode uncut and uncensored in order to deliver the content our Space viewers expect.”

Star Trek: Discovery broke new ground for the franchise in “Choose Your Pain”

Council finds Space breached standards

In the lengthy finding, the CBSC states that Space did violate the Canadian broadcast standards by not bleeping out the profanity or choosing to air the show after 9 pm. They came to the same conclusion with regards to violence, stating “The majority of adjudicators concluded that given the large number and graphic nature of the scenes the program was intended exclusively for adult audiences and should have been broadcast after 9:00 pm.”

The CBSC has determined that Space has to air the following announcement on the air in prime time twice over the next week:

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that Space breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Violence Code in its broadcast of Star Trek: Discovery on October 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm.  The program contained coarse language and violence intended for adult audiences which should only have been broadcast after 9:00 pm as required by Clause 10 of the Code of Ethics and Article 3 of the Violence Code.  A classification icon should have appeared at the beginning of the program as required by Article 4 of the Violence Code.

A spokesperson for Bell Media provided TrekMovie with a brief statement on the ruling, saying:

In response to CBSC ruling, we are a member in good standing of the CBSC and will abide by the decision.

It is unclear how this ruling will impact Space’s approach to Star Trek: Discovery for the second season. The same spokesperson tells TrekMovie “The broadcast details for Season 2 are still to be confirmed.” If Space continues airing Discovery before 9 pm, it is possible this issue will arise again and in order to remain compliant, they would have to add bleeps or make other edits to stay within standards. Moving the show to 9 pm or later would avoid future issues like this.

Challenging content is nothing new for Star Trek

Discovery running into issues with controversial content is actually a bit of a tradition for the franchise, going all the way back to the beginning. NBC was quite concerned over The Original Series episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” due to the inter-racial kiss between Kirk and Uhura, although it doesn’t appear there were any serious complaints. However, in the UK the “sadistic” nature of that episode made it one of four TOS episodes that the BBC deemed inappropriate for what they regarded as a show meant for children. The others were “Whom God Destroys,” “The Empath” and “Miri.” And in Germany the episode “Patterns of Force” wasn’t aired originally due to the Nazi Party subject matter. 

The TOS episode “Miri” was deemed inappropriate in the UK

Later Star Trek shows also ran into controversy. A scene in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Phantasms” where Data stabs Troi garnered complaints and led to the scene being later edited out for airing in the UK. Graphic imagery from the TNG episode “Conspiracy” was edited out the first airing in the UK and when the episode airs in Canada (on Space), it caries a viewer discretion warning. TNG’s “The High Ground” was originally not aired at all in the UK and the Republic of Ireland due to references to the reunification of Ireland being achieved through terrorism. And according to Ron Moore at least one station in the US South cut the same-sex kiss with Jadzia from Deep Space Nine’s “Rejoined.” And as recently as 2004, for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode  “Harbringer,” UPN cropped a scene showing Jolene Blalock’s T’Pol nude from behind. Interestingly, the unedited version of the scene aired in Canada.

The scene from Star Trek: Enterprise was edited for US audiences

You can read the full decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Board on Discovery at

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 17, 2018

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ USS Enterprise Design Change Clarified As Creative Decision, Not A Legal One

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Last week, veteran Trek designer John Eaves shared some notes on Facebook about the process of designing the USS Enterprise, as seen the in season one finale of Star Trek: Discovery, and how it differed from the concept art seen in the 2019 Star Trek: Ships of The Line Calendar. We reported on Eaves’ description of those differences, however chose not to cover additional comments he made that were outside the bounds of being strictly design notes.

In these comments from Eaves’ now-deleted Facebook post, it was implied that there were legal issues surrounding the use of the classic USS Enterprise design which dictated the changes seen in Star Trek: Discovery. These comments were picked up by some fans and a few press outlets, creating a bit of a controversy. However, the implication that there was some kind of legal requirement to change the USS Enterprise design didn’t seem to fit with what is known about CBS ownership of the Star Trek TV franchise.

The final design of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: Discovery

Today CBS provided TrekMovie with the following statement to clarify the design decisions:

CBS TV Studios does, in fact, have the right to use the U.S.S. Enterprise ship design from the past TV series, and are not legally required to make changes. The changes in the ship design were creative ones, made to utilize 2018’s VFX technology.

The art that was used in the 2019 calendar is ‘concept art,’ which was completed long before the VFX process is completed.

Consider this concept art

Enterprise redesign fits with Discovery’s visual update inside prime canon

This clarification fits with comments made by production designer Tamara Deverell and visual effects supervisor Jason Zimmerman at the recent WonderCon Discovery panel, where they talked about how the USS Enterprise was changed to match the aesthetic of the show, and fit with the USS Discovery in terms of size.

Tamara Deverell: For the Enterprise, we based it initially off of The Original Series. We were really drawing a lot of our materials from that. And then we particularly went to more of the Star Trek movies, which is a little bit fatter, a little bit bigger. Overall, I think we expanded the length of it to be within the world of our Discovery, which is bigger, so we did cheat it as a larger ship.

Jason Zimmerman: It starts with them giving us designs to work with and then there is a lot of back and forth between VFX and [Tamra’s] department to make sure that we get everything right. There were a lot of conversations and more emails than I could remember about how the design would evolve and sort of match our universe, and that is how we sort of arrived where we are now.

USS Enterprise was updated to fit with the look, and the size, of the USS Discovery

The producers of Star Trek: Discovery have been consistently clear in saying the show lives firmly inside the canon universe of Star Trek’s prime timeline, set a decade prior to The Original Series. However, this adherence to canon is focused on the story. With regards to the visuals, Discovery has clearly made changes throughout it’s run. Speaking to TrekMovie at the Hollywood premiere, co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed their design approach, saying:

Alex Kurtzman: Obviously [Discovery] looks more modern than The Original Series, because we are in a modern world now and if we made the show look that way people would not feel that it was worth the money. That being said, every prop and costume design is filtered through what existed at the time. And do we create the new version of it or do we augment the original design in very subtle ways or do we just leave it alone? And when I say every prop and design choice I mean every prop and design choice. So, I think you will see a lot of tips of the hat to devices to The Original Series and the timeline. But, obviously we wanted to create a more modern experience and that necessitated certain adjustments.

The changes to the USS Enterprise are no different than other updates we have seen throughout the series from holographic projections, new uniforms, props and yes, even Klingons.

Discovery has been updating the Trek look since episode 1

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 16, 2018

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Production Has Begun

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Six months after production wrapped for the first season, Star Trek: Discovery is back in business. Production on the second season began today at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. The first episode is being directed by series executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman, who has the task of picking up where season one left off with the cliffhanger introduction of the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike.

The official Star Trek: Discovery writer’s room Twitter account announced the beginning of production just a few minutes ago on Twitter.

Cast and crew prep for today’s launch

Last night the Discovery writers account sent out a message asking people what they were most excited about, which got a response from newly cast Captain Pike Anson Mount, anticipating food.

Star Trek: The Next Generation star and director Jonathan Frakes (who will direct the second and tenth episodes for season two) also sent out his best wishes for the production start, which garnered some replies from cast members Anthony Rapp, Anson Mount, and Doug Jones.

Speaking of Doug Jones, the actor shared a video yesterday of him shaving his head, which he does to make the process of being transformed into Saru easier.

Cruz set for first episode, talks TNG crush

This morning actor Wilson Cruz announced he too was on his way to Toronto, indicating his already announced return as Dr. Culber (who died during the first season) will be in the first episode of season two.

However, he has also sent out a series of tweets saying his flight was delayed. Of course, even if he is in the first episode, it is unlikely he would have been flying in on the first day he was needed on set.

Since he was spending so much time at the airport, Cruz did an impromptu Q&A on Twitter, which included a quick back-and-forth with The Big Bang Theory creator Bill Prady (who wrote an episode of Voyager) and an answer to question about who his favorite Star Trek character was:

That should keep things interesting on set!

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber

Discovery season two will be comprised of thirteen episodes, which is the same number of episodes originally ordered for the first season before CBS expanded it to fifteen and split it into two ‘chapters.’ Production on that first season began at the end of January 2017 and premiered in late September 2017. No release date has been set yet for the second season.

Star Trek: Discovery women headed to Vulture Fest New York

On Sunday May 20th, the women of Star Trek: Discovery will be talking about their “distinctly female-forward mission” at Vulture Festival New York. Included in the discussion, titled “Star Trek” Discovery – The Future is Definitely Female,” are co-executive producer/showrunner Gretchen J. Berg, and stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Wiseman, Mary Chieffo, and Michelle Yeoh.

Vulture Festival takes place over two days the weekend of May 19-20. Other events will feature the cast of Glow, Samantha Bee, Ava DuVernay (director of A Wrinkle in Time) and the cast of Queen Sugar, and Claire Danes and Jim Parsons talking about their movie A Kid Like Jake.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. ET at, and include complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge following the event you are attending.

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 15, 2018

Jonathan Frakes Reveals Details On Second Episode Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2

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Veteran Star Trek actor and director Jonathan Frakes was at El Paso Comic Con in Texas this weekend, and started talking about his upcoming directorial work on the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.

Last year at a convention, Frakes let the fact that Discovery was going to the Mirror Universe slip. Last month at another convention Frakes revealed he was returning “soon” to direct for Discovery season two. And today he’s teasing us again. TrekFM‘s Justin Oser was at El Paso Comic Con and has tweeted some of interesting tidbits that Frakes shared this afternoon.

Jonathan Frakes to direct two episodes in Discovery season 2

Speaking directly to Justin, and later during a panel, Jonathan Frakes revealed he will be directing not just one, but two upcoming episodes. He will be directing the second and the tenth episodes of Discovery’s second season. Frakes previously directed Discovery’s tenth episode (“Despite Yourself”), which kicked off the second chapter of the first season and started the Mirror Universe arc. Prior to Discovery Frakes directed fourteen episodes from three Star Trek series (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager) as well as two Trek films (Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection).

Season 2, Episode 2 details [SPOILERS]

During the panel, Frakes also revealed some interesting tidbits about the second episode.

According to Frakes, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) sticks around for at least one more episode after the season premiere, which will pick up from the season one cliffhanger featuring Pike’s USS Enterprise. Episode one of the second season is set to go into production shortly, and will be directed by Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

Anson Mount plays Captain Christopher Pike in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery

Frakes also told the crowd at El Paso Comic Con that the second episode in Discovery’s second season will include flashbacks of a young Spock and a young Michael Burnham. We have seen flashbacks of a young Michael Burnham (played by Arista Arnhim) before, in the first two episodes of Discovery (“The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars”).

An injured young Burnham is rescued by Sarek

While Discovery’s producers have said they are unlikely to recast Spock, it appears this reluctance is specific to the adult Spock, who serves on board the USS Enterprise under Captain Pike. We have seen a young Spock before, most recently in the 2009 Star Trek film, played by Jacob Kogan.

Young Spock in 2009’s Star Trek


Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

Apr 14, 2018

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Goes To The GLAADs, Enterprise Design Clarified, Anson Mount’s Memes And More

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This week has seen a lot of news for Star Trek: Discovery including the casting of Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike and Tig Notaro as an engineer, and the gearing up of production on season two. We have a few more bits of Discovery news to share before the week wraps up, including some more hints about the second season.

Discoprise art differences clarified

This week we shared an image of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: Discovery from the 2019 Star Trek Ships of the Line Calendar. Many noted that there were a few differences in the image from the ship seen in the Discovery season one finale. On Friday, in a post on FacebookDiscovery designer John Eaves endeavored to explain the differences.

On and off from April to October of 2017 Scott Schneider and I, along with William Budge worked on this ship. By the time we were through and got the final approval we were all VERY happy with how the Enterprise looked and the fun camaraderie that went into her designs. Once approved it left our hands and together Scott and I made this piece for the 2019 Calendar. However from the time the ship was finished and the airing of the episode the Enterprise had gone through some minor to major changes that we only saw a week or so before the final episode aired.

Eaves explains that he and Schneider had limited time to make changes to the calendar image, so the final version they sent still differed to the one seen in the episode, noting:

So now that you can see this piece and the Episode ship there are several changes that could not be done so consider the calendar piece concept art and all is good. The changes between the two enterprises are as follows. The new ship has more TMP struts than TOS struts, the main hull and nacelles are shorter and more plump, the deflector dish now has one antenna vs two, the impulse module is thinner from side to side, the overall ship has a heavier plating detail, and the exterior has a more broader range in lighting and nacelle glow.

Consider this concept art

Disco loses at GLAAD Awards – Cruz and Rapp present with a nod to Trek

On Thursday night Star Trek: Discovery lost out on the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series to the NBC series This is Us. Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg were at the event along with actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz.

Cruz and Rapp also presented at the GLAAD Awards, and represented Star Trek on stage, telling the crowd “GLAAD will lead the way forward, even to the farthest reaches of outer space.”

Rapp  and his boyfriend both channeled Star Trek on the red carpet.

More season two production anticipation

And in a tweet on Friday, Wilson Cruz  spoke about the GLAAD Awards and his pride in working on Star Trek: Discovery. He also noted he is ready to “beam back,” referencing how despite his character’s death in season one, Dr. Culber is confirmed to be returning in some way in the second season.

James Frain’s Sarek was seen in the season finale and so it stands to reason he would appear in the season two premiere, which was confirmed by a tweet he sent out today, saying he is on his way to Toronto.

On Thursday, Toronto baker Arlene Lott shared a photo of very special Trek-themed cake she made for the Discovery team for “celebrating the start of season 2.”

Cake: The Final Frontier. My friends over at Star Trek Discovery are celebrating the start of Season 2, so they asked me to make them something exciting to mark the occasion. I was honoured to send along this Star Trek Discovery Galaxy Cake : Earl Grey Cream-filled Hot Chili Ginger Chocolate Cake, Wrapped in Chocolate Ganache and Mirror Glaze. Decorated with Callebaut Chocolate and Smoked Salt Caramel Planet Bonbons, Sugar Ice Crystals, Chocolate Cake Meteors, and topped with a Callebaut Chocolate Orb filled with hidden treasures. Best wishes for a thrilling and wonderful Season 2!! 🖖🌕💫🍰🚀 … #StarTrekDiscovery #StarTrek #space #spacecake #galaxy #galaxycake #torontofilmtv #setlife #torontoeats #torontofood #cake #cakedesigner #cakedecorating #pastryart #patisserie #glacage #mirrorglaze #callebaut #chocolate #chocolatecake #foodart #foodstyling #foodblogger #foodstylist #startrekcbs #gloobyfood #cakestagram #sweettreats #cakeart #thebakefeed

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And finally, today Discovery production designer Tamara Deverell tweeted out an image of two Spocks, with the message “What would Spock do?” Make of that what you will.

Mount gets into a Trek frame of mind

Anson Mount hasn’t even started shooting, but he has embraced his new role as Star Trek’s latest captain; he’s even sharing Trek memes on social media.

He also had an interesting exchange with Jason Isaacs (Captain Lorca), even taking some “advice.”

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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