It’s been a busy month out on the final frontier, for both the new Star Trek television series, and a couple of our favourite actors.
Where to begin? Since every Star Trek fan is waiting in anticipation for the new series to air, it’s probably a good idea to kick off our scan with Discovery.
What do Harry Potter and Star Trek: Discovery have in common?
Lucius Malfoy, or, more specifically, actor Jason Isaacs who played Lucius in the Potterverse, and will now be playing Captain Lorca, the commanding officer of the titular USS Discovery.
Seriously, how freaking amazing is this cast turning out to be?
Jason Isaacs… Michelle Yeoh… Sonequa Martin-Green… has any new Trek series had this many big names attached to it?
Alongside the announcement of Isaac’s transfer to the final frontier, came news that Mary Wiseman has also joined the cast as Starfleet Academy cadet “Tilly”. All we know about Tilly is that she’s in her final year, doing placement aboard the Discovery.
In other Discovery news, a good number of the cast were seen out having a meal together in Canada, courtesy of Chris Obi’s Instagram. Cast photo? Not quite, but it will do for now.
The occasion? James Frain’s birthday.
Despite CBS not having officially confirmed Sonequa Martin-Green’s casting, she was there alongside the entire cast.
Do we have any word on when Discovery will air?
Last month we heard from CBS that the May launch had been pushed back, and that the series will now hit our airwaves in the US’s late summer or early Autumn (Fall). No date has been given, and we’re all left feeling a little nervous about it all.
This is the third delay. Chances are they just want to get as many episodes in the ‘bag’ for those in fandom who like to binge watch shows on their streaming services, but it’s more likely they’re still ironing out the kinks on the first season scripts. The fact that we only just had Jason cast as the captain of the Discovery shows us that the casting process has taken longer than anticipated. Which means, most likely, that pre-production has taken longer than everyone hoped it would. Though the first episode should, by now, have wrapped filming, there are another dozen or so to go and if I were a writer on the series, I’d be doing my best to reduce the possibility of a ‘dodgey’ first season – something Star Trek series’ have all suffered from.
In other Star Trek news, two of our favourites have received Daytime Emmy Award nominations!
Congratulations to the eternally beautiful Nichelle Nichols, and everyone’s favourite Ferengi Armin Shimerman.
Nichelle has received her nomination for her appearance as Lucinda Winters in The Young and The Restless.
Armin has received his nomination for his performance in the Digital Daytime Drama series, Red Bird.
For more information, visit the always wonderful TrekCore here.
To wrap everything up for our first Astrometrics article (just a fancy name for a news roundup), we’ll close with a little more on Star Trek: Discovery.
Anthony Rapp, the new Trek’s Lieutenant Stamets, has spoken a tiny little bit about how proud he is, as a gay man, to be playing one of Star Trek‘s first openly gay characters.
If Discovery had been launched a little earlier, Rapp would have played the first openly gay character in Trek history, but of course last years’ Star Trek Beyond stole that mantle by revealing that everyone’s favourite helmsman, Hikaru Sulu, is gay.
To read the article on Anthony, check out TrekCore again, right here.
That’s it from Astrometrics.
Star Trek: Sentinel will be back as soon as any new information surfaces on the new series or the next film.
Live long and prosper.