The production team behind Star Trek: Discovery hasn’t been big on teasing the new show, so we’ll take bits of news where we can get them. In other words, we’re getting excited over a name this week — CBS tweeted an introduction of Sonequa Martin-Green’s character, who will be the lead in the upcoming series.
She’ll play First Officer Michael Burnham, who will be second-in-command on the ship to Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca. Approaching the series from the point of view of someone other than the captain has been something the production team has stressed in the early going, as it will give them a new angle to approach the Star Trek universe.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) April 3, 2017
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The announcement, unsurprisingly, came shortly after the season finale of The Walking Dead, in which Martin-Green’s character, Sasha, was killed off. The chances were always slim that she’d be doing double duty, and with CBS likely planning on Discovery being a key part of their CBS All Access streaming service, they were probably looking for full commitment.
Over the weekend, word also got out that Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight on the U.S. version of The Office, will be joining the cast as Harry Mudd, the con man who appeared occasionally in The Original Series. He won’t be the only character to be brought back from the ’60s — Sarek, Spock’s father, will also be in Discovery.
The new show takes place about ten years before The Original Series, which explains the blasts from the past. We don’t know exactly what the show will be about, but there have been hints. When he was still on as the showrunner, Bryan Fuller said the series would be about “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored.” While Fuller has since exited the show, the inclusion of Mudd and Sarek indicate that the show is still set in the same time period, likely with the same premise. Meanwhile, Martin-Green has described the series as raw and gritty, which might cause some consternation among longtime fans who have been pining for a return to the more ponderous, philosophical style of the older series (something that has been missing in the recent movies).
Star Trek: Discovery is to premiere on CBS in the fall before moving to CBS All Access, but it has been delayed twice so far.