All systems are go for Star Trek: Discovery season 2.
Showing on Netflix in the UK and CBS in the United States, the new season sees some personnel changes, with a couple of major deaths in season one likely to affect things this time around – though some of the deceased characters may come back in one way or another…
*Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery season 1 to follow*
“Death is not an ending,” was the message from showrunner Aaron Harberts following the controversial killing of Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) in season one – and he seems to have meant it. Cruz posted on social media to announce that he was beginning filming on season two, so evidently we have not seen the last of him.
Lorca’s killer, Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Philippa Georgiou, has been confirmed to return in the series’ second trailer.
Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca
Meanwhile, all of the USS Discovery crew, including Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham, Saru (Doug Jones), Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), are set to return.
Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham
Shazad Latif’s Ash Tyler will also be back, after the reveal that he was the Klingon Voq, alongside Klingon Mary Chieffo’s L’Rell.
Furthermore, stand-up comedian Tig Notaro (below) has been confirmed as a surprise guest star. She will play Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the USS Hiawatha.
Meanwhile, Inhumans star Anson Mount will join the cast as Pike, captain of the USS Enterprise, from whom Discovery answered a distress call at the end of the season one finale. Pike was the captain of the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk in the original 1960s series, and in real life was the original central character in the series pilot.
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The USS Enterprise is set to play a major role in the new season. The series is set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek series – meaning that Pike is Captain Kirk’s predecessor, and we should get an insight into the adventures he and his team have been on in the second series of Discovery.
And while Enterprise won’t feature all of our old favourites, a young version of Spock (originally played by the late Leonard Nimoy) is set to feature in a series of flashbacks. Jonathan Frakes revealed this at El Paso Comic-Con – he might appear alongside a younger Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Spock’s adoptive sister.
It has also been revealed that Section 31, an evil organisation that first featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will be a “massive part” in the new season. Actor Alan Van Sprang, who played Leland, the leader of Section 31, in a deleted scene from last year’s finale, says that while he is still in the dark as to where it is all going, he is “definitely a big part of season two.
“I know it’s going to be a massive part of it, but I honestly… and it’s not like I’m holding any secrets, like Jason Isaacs sitting here saying, ‘Oh I knew who I was, and what I was doing,’ no, I really have no idea,” he says. “But I’m definitely a big part of season two.”
Without going into detail, Harberts has promised that season two will feel a bit more like the Star Trek TV series we know and love. “We have time [in season two]—we have time to do things like more away missions, newer planets,” he says. “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 serialised thread.”
When is Star Trek: Discovery filming?
Co-creator Alex Kurtzman said as much in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter back in September of last year. “We want to take the right amount of time and don’t want to rush,” he said, touting “the early side of 2019” as a likely window.
Filming began in mid-April 2018. Actor Doug Jones (better known as the fish-man in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning drama The Shape of Water) announced the beginning of production on Instagram, forlornly saying goodbye to his head of hair as he prepared to don the Kelpien prosthetics of Commander Saru once again.