Set ten years before Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise crew boldly went “where no man has gone before,” the U.S.S. Discovery crew had its own stories.
Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman “Star Trek: Discovery,” a CBS All Access production, revolves around season-long storyline that focuses on “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored.”
Even though the series is designed to explore the franchise’s signature contemporary themes, we are still talking “Star Trek.” “Star Trek” has always showcased character driven stories. The new show will be no different.
Unlike in previous “Star Trek” incarnations, the “Star Trek: Discovery” protagonist is not a starship or a space station captain.
Referenced as “Number One,” Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is the First Officer aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Anyone familiar with “Star Trek” history will know “Number One” is a nod to the character Majel Barrett portrayed in the original “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage.”
Discovery crew members include Science Officer Lieutenant Saru (Doug Jones), Science Officer Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Lieutenant Tyler (Shazad Latif), Security Officer Landry (Rekha Sharma), Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) and Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs).
With “Star Trek: Discovery,” we are not just talking one starship. In addition to the U.S.S. Discovery crew, the U.S.S. Shenzhou crew plays a huge role in the first season.
With the U.S.S. Shenzhou captained by Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), the ship is crewed by Chief Medical Officer Nambue (Maulik Pancholy) and Ensign Connor (Sam Vartholomeos).
Sarek, originally portrayed by Mark Lenard in the original Star Trek series, is Spock’s father.
Then there are the Klingons. Kol (Kenneth Mitchell) is the commanding officer aboard the T’Kuvma. Also on board the T’Kuvma is the Battle Deck Commander L’Rell (Mary Chieffo). T’Kuvma (Chris Obi), Dennas (Clare McConnell) and Ujilli (Damon Runyan) are prominent leaders in the Klingon Empire. Unlike Dennas and Ujilli, T’Kuvma is looking to unite the Klingon houses.
If you think there are no tie-ins to the original series, you would be mistaken. Do you remember Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson)? In the original series, the charismatic con-man was portrayed by Roger C. Carmel. Further to Mudd being a character on the new show, a younger version of Sarek (James Frain) is seen.