If you ask most fans, Star Trek: Discovery got off to a solid and enjoyable start with its debut season, honoring the legacy of what came before while still blazing its own path with former Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green assuming the lead role of Michael Burnham.
So, it’s fair to say that there’s a good deal of excitement surrounding season 2, which is expected to premiere by way of CBS All Access early next year. And when it does, it’ll have a much more familiar tone than its rookie outing. Or so says the cast.
Speaking at the Destination Star Trek convention in Birmingham in the UK over the weekend, Anthony Rapp teased that season 2 will feel more like Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for the property.
“The whole first season was about the effect of the Mirror Universe, thanks to Captain Lorca,” said Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets (via Trek Movie). “So, it was really going through that to come out the other side, building up to Burnham’s last speech. It was building up out of the darkness to get toward where we are much more in familiar territory. So, Season Two absolutely follows in those footsteps, building up the Starfleet that we are more familiar with.
It is unusual to ask Star Trek audiences to have such long storytelling because it’s been much more episodic along the way,” he continued. “We’ve asked you all to have faith that we do know what we are doing. We are aware that we are going to spend a year taking a left turn to get us back to the path that is more familiar.”
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Meanwhile, Sonequa Martin-Green echoed her co-star’s words, saying that season 2 is basically what the crew had been fighting for all throughout the debut run.
“I think there is something to be said about the fight,” she said. “Because that is one of the things that is most beautiful about our show, and all the other iterations of Star Trek, but definitely Discovery. Not only do you see this future, but you see this fight it takes to get to it. Not to just get it, but to maintain it. So, you see us take this left turn into darkness because we are at war, but you see us fight out of it. I think that is actually most hopeful of all.”
Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS All-Access for its second season on January 17th, and aside from all of the above, there’s much for fans to look forward to. From the introduction of a bearded Spock and a much more fleshed out Captain Pike to teases of a few other familiar characters as well, the producers have lots in store for us and we simply cannot wait to catch back up with Michael Burnham and the rest of the gang early next year.
Source: Trek Movie