SDCC 2018: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast Preview S2

The cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery kicked off their stellar San Diego Comic Con press conference last week with a round of heartfelt introductions that proved just how moved actors and creators alike were by their coworkers and material. After that warm round of emotion, they upped the ante by dropping some hints about season 2 of the CBS All Access show, which is set to premiere in January 2019.

The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ team gets along famously.

“We’ve got our legs underneath us, so there’s an extra level of confidence, clarity and spaciousness around the storytelling,” actor Anthony Rapp said about the second season as a whole.  Showrunner Alex Kurtzman discussed the added dimensionality and expansion of character and story, citing Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) as an example. “”Tyler left the crew at the end of the season, and the question becomes how does he come back but how is he going to live between these two worlds.”

Speaking of worlds, Kurtzman admitted that the Mirror Universe was unlikely to make an appearance in the second season, as it was meant to be part of a specific journey for Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). “This season is not so much about going to alternate universes as it is about growing and maintaining the direction of the characters,” he explained, though he added that other universes were not totally out of the question.

Rapp’s character, Paul Stamets, had a blossoming romance with Wilson Cruz’s Dr. Hugh Culber – and it sounds like there’ll be more where that came from next year. “We can tell you that there is a relationship to begin with,” Cruz joked. Despite Culber’s apparent death last season, the actor hinted that “I think we’re gonna learn a lot more individually about these two men, and together. I think we’re going to deepen this relationship and these characters.” As for how Culber returns from the dead, Rapp teased, It really is inspired by real science,” including the work of the real-life Paul Stamets.

Seeing as the story of Star Trek: Discovery starts before the original series, it’s no surprise that fans have been clamoring to see more connections. They especially have questions about new additions like Spock’s sister, who wasn’t previously discussed before the newest iteration of the franchise. Not only are fans going to get some answers with the introduction of Spock in January, but Kurtzman also claimed that “We will be syncing up with canon, and we will be answering those questions… And hopefully by the time you get to the end of the season you will understand why all of those things have never been discussed.”

But what about the tone of the season overall? While the first season was considered very serious, Kurtzman suggested that will change a little. “Tonally it’s a more buoyant season,” he described. “There’s more of a balance between the humor you’d see on [the original series] and the high stakes of the more modern versions of Trek.”

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