The USS Discovery will be getting a new captain in Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Following the shock betrayal of Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) in season 1 – he turned out to be an evil doppelgänger from the Mirror universe – Captain Christopher Pike is on loan from the Enterprise and will be taking command of the ship for a while to re-establish some sense of normalcy for the crew after their recent tribulations.
While speaking with IGN, star Sonequa Martin-Green talked about what Anson Mount’s character brings to the table in season 2. She revealed that the gang will definitely take to their new captain as he reminds them what it really means to be part of Starfleet as he’s such a noble, heroic fella and they know they can trust him.
“Well, I think that Burnham is ready to have a more Starfleet-like experience with a captain. We all have a little PTSD from Lorca and what he did, and all his illicit behavior, so it’s good to return to normalcy. It’s good to return to principle, and it’s good to return to what Starfleet really is, where your captain is someone you really do look to, that leads you and guides you. And he has such a kindness, such a genuine … such a genuine quality to him. And as [Mount] said in the panel, he’s willing to admit when he’s wrong, and he understands the true strength of a mastermind. And so it’s moving us, and healing us at the same time.”
Yes, we’re pretty sure Pike is one of the good ones. He’s one of the oldest characters in Trek lore, too, as he was the captain of the Enterprise in The Original Series pilot “The Cage,” as well as being brought back for some guest appearances later on in TOS. Movie viewers might also remember the reimagining of the character as Kirk’s mentor in the Kelvin timeline films.
As Discovery‘s set 10 years before TOS, season 2 will take a lot of cues from “The Cage,” as Rebecca Romijn’s also joining the cast as Number One, Pike’s right-hand woman. Plus, the one and only Spock is jumping aboard as well, played by Ethan Peck, while showrunner Alex Kurtzman has explained that season 2 will explore the discrepancy in Spock’s characterization between “The Cage” and TOS.
Be sure to catch Star Trek: Discovery when it arrives on CBS All Access in January 2019.