Saturday, April 29, 2017

Star Trek Discovery Announces Four New Cast Members

Star Trek: Discovery has four new cast members and assigned an existing cast member a new role. The new hires are:

- Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), playing Lieutenant Tyler. He was going to a Klingon named Kol
- Kenneth Mitchell (Frequency), now assigned the role of Kol who is a commanding officer of the Klingon Empire.
- Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica), Starship Discovery security officer named Commander Landry
- Clare McConnell (newbie actor), a Klingon Empire leader named Dennas
- Damon Runyan (Suits), a Klingon Empire leader named Ujilli

At this point either this show has a really large ensemble cast or they are announcing guest actors for whatever reason. As for when the show will finally be released, CBS is sticking with "Fall" but if the looming writers' strike starts that date could be pushed to next year as the series is still filming and the strike would likely delay completion of the show.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Martin-Green Character Name for Star Trek: Discovery

The lead character of Star Trek: Discovery finally has a character name. With the long predicted death of her character on The Walking Dead, CBS finally officially verified that Sonequa Martin-Green was cast as the lead character on the upcoming Trek show. When her casting was first revealed, the rumored name was Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. Now we know the character name is First Officer Michael Burnham. So info wise not much as changed except the accuracy of the character name. Past that nada. This does mean that Martin-Green is now a little more free to talk about the casting but not the particulars of the show it self.

From talking to The Hollywood Reporter she said "Star Trek came way later, after [her TWD character death] was all said and done. We were shooting the finale before the opportunity for Star Trek about." On the choice to go with a first officer perspective she said "Being the first officer on the ship is going to be a wild ride because we haven't seen that happen before in the Star Trek canon, we haven't seen the story be told from the perspective of the first officer rather than the captain. It's going to open up so much potential for new storylines because not being the captain automatically gives you a different perspective."

As for the overall show she said to TVLine that "This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey. Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain. To be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling."

Friday, March 31, 2017

Harry Mudd Cast in Star Trek: Discovery

It seems Star Trek: The Original Series character con artist Harry Mudd will be trying to use his unique charms on the crew of Star Trek: Discovery in its first season. The character will be played by Rainn Wilson (The Office) but no details on how many episodes the character will be in. In TOS he showed up for two episodes ("Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd"). For a reminder of the Mudd character click here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Harry Potter Alumni, One Other Join Discovery

Two more cast members have been announced for Star Trek: Discovery which is currently filming. Jason Isaacs (Lucisu Malfoy in Harry Potter films, bunch of other things) will play Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery. The show is setup so he is the main star but instead will focus on his first officier Lt. Commander Rainsford as played by Sonequa Martin Green which may explain the late casting announcement. In addition to Issacs, Mary Wiseman (Longmire) has also joined the cast as Starfleet Academy cadet Tilly doing her senior study tour on the Discovery. There is still no release date for the show but current rumors but it at end of summer.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pic of Discovery's Klingons?

An pic posted to social media by an actor on the set of Star Trek: Discovery probably cost him any chance of ever working on the series again also revealed either the new look of the Klingons or a new alien race for the show. Considering the look seems to lean heavily on the Star Trek Into Darkness Klingon design, well if it looks like a duck... However keep in mind that since this show is set 10 years before The Original Series, the Klingons then were without ridges or other battle implements due to the Klingon Augment Virus as explained in the 4th season of Star Trek: Enterprise (the best season of the show, rest is meh)

Of course the real reason for the look is due to budget limitations of the time where the makeup and costumes alone would have blown the entire TOS episode budget so a wig, simple costume and body paint was the norm. However, Discovery doesn't have those limitations and there is no reason to be bound by TOS' limitations if they can just make a story tweak or two to avoid it. So in this case what if an attempt to cure the augment virus created this new version of Klingons that our heroes must deal with in an episode or two?