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In Australia it’s the 7th of January as of the writing of this article, meaning we only have 11 days until the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery season two drops on Netflix!

Because the United States is a day behind Australia, it’s about 11 days for them too.  Disco airs in the US on the 17th of January, and in Australia and the rest of the world on the 18th of January.

I am, as you would expect, excited!

Very soon we’ll get to take another look at the USS Enterprise, and we’ll also get a chance to see how our new Captain Christopher Pike and Number One fit into the overall season arc.  We’ll also get to see how the creative team behind the series handle Spock.

Speaking of that first episode, CBS All Access have released it’s name.  “Brother.”  That’s a very loaded title!

So far, that’s all we know.  If there is a synopsis I can’t find it.  What we do know is that “Brother” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, and that, presumably, Spock will in some way be a focus – though he will probably remain unseen.

To date, the creative forces behind Star Trek: Discovery have been quite successful at keeping season two a secret.  We know what they want us to know, and very little else.

We know we’ll eventually meet Tig Notaro’s character, Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the USS Hiawatha, and we will also meet a new character called Linus.

 

Linus is a Saurian and he looks fantastic!  This re-imagining of the species is beautiful, in my opinion.  It might be my favourite character make up to date.

We haven’t seen a lot of the Saurian species in televised or filmed Star Trek, though they do feature in Star Trek Online and of note, one of them is the current Federation President in the games universe.

As a Star Trek staple, they are perhaps best known for their brandy, a favourite beverage of Captain James T. Kirk and his Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Leonard McCoy.

The last time we actually saw a Saurian in canon was in 1979, during Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  As you can see, the amazing makeup team have been quite faithful in updating their look.

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According to the wonderful Memory Alpha and thanks to the book The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, we do know a little bit about these reptilian Federation members:

SAURIAN – A lizard person, very able, excellent space officers.  Learned to communicate in Earth tongue, have complicated vocal language of own.  Have upright, direct posture.  Intelligent.  Can breathe a number of gases.  Valuable in exploration of new areas because of enormous strength due to four hearts.

Thanks to the Season Two trailer, we also know they’re susceptible to the common cold!

Along with these guys, we also, of course, see more of former Empress Georgiou, now a Section 31 secret agent.

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That story line is one that particularly interests me.  Not because I’m a fan of Section 31, but because they seem to be one story point where the new creatives behind Star Trek have really brought continuity and canon undone.

How?  Everyone seems to know about them!  Pike, Burnham… in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine it was established they were so secretive no one had a clue they existed, not even Captain Sisko who was given a lot of information because of his role in the Dominion War.

It will be interesting to see what is going on there.

Other than the above, there’s not much other news to report.  Some new season two photos have been released, and you can see them at TrekCore here.  There are also a bunch of character posters that have come out, and you can take a look at them here.  They’re pretty snazzy.

This new season should be pretty awesome.  It started off rough with the sacking of Gretchin Berg and Aaron Harberts, but hopefully, under Alex Kurtzman’s capable hands, everything has settled down and we’re in for something special.

I’m definitely watching the new season for Burnham, Saru, Tilly and Stamets, but I’m probably most excited about Pike, Number One and Spock.

I also can’t wait to see what’s in store with the Red Angel and the mysterious signals.

We’ll see you in a little under two weeks for our first recap and review of the new season.

Live long, and prosper.

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Trek Series Updates, and Readers Vote

Star Trek CaptainsStar Trek is facing something of a renaissance at present, with a new caretaker team in place dreaming up more exciting and thought-provoking adventures in the universe created by Gene Roddenberry.  Despite that, and despite a push by CBS for more Trek on their streaming platform CBS All Access, there hasn’t been a lot of news about their new shows in recent weeks, and what we have heard hasn’t been particularly illuminating.

Last month, Deadline, TrekMovie and other notable Trek and entertainment websites, reported that Michelle Yeoh was in talks with CBS to lead a new Star Trek series, most likely centred around the Mirror Universe’s Emperor Georgiou and her mischief-making in the normal Trek time line.

CBS have not made any official announcement yet, though they have acknowledged they’ve considered the possibility of a Georgiou Section 31 series.

For those of you who may have forgotten, a Season One deleted scene was released earlier this year showing Georgiou being recruited by a mysterious Section 31 operative (possibly their leader) called Leland, played by Alan van Sprang.  Months later, Georgiou showed up in trailers for Season Two and the subtext was that she’s now working for that particular organisation.

Alan van Sprang as Leland

Why a Section 31 series and not a series that goes back in time to focus on Captain Georgiou?

Firstly, you’d be paying out a lot of money for a cast that would almost never get a break.  Georgiou’s Shenzhou also had Saru and Burnham on it, as well as Detmer, and those characters would feature prominently.  Between shooting Discovery and a Shenzhou series, Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Coutts would barely get any free time to focus on other projects, which is important to an artist if they want to have longevity in the entertainment industry.

Secondly, the sets for the Shenzhou no longer exist.  They were struck and used for other sets, which is standard practice in most television shows.  Rebuilding that beautiful ship’s interiors would prove prohibitively expensive.

USS Shenzhou Bridge

Finally, Michelle has just come off of the success of Crazy Rich Asians, which she starred in alongside Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong.  She’s always been in demand, but she’s going to be in even greater demand now.  Will she have the time?  Would the beautiful and ethereal Michelle Yeoh even want to commit to a standard 12-13 episode run of a series?

Then again, many of us said the same thing about Patrick Stewart.  We thought the new Jean-Luc Picard show would be a special or a limited series, and it was recently announced it would be longer.

Speaking of that series, we still know next to nothing about it.

Ambassador Jean-Luc Picard

Alex Kurtzman recently stated that writing on the series had begun, and that actual production was scheduled to commence sometime in April next year (2019) with an air date in late 2019.

That’s something.

We still don’t know the title, if there is one yet, nor the basic premise.  Whatever they’re developing in the writers room is not leaking out, which is good, but it would be really nice if they’d share a few plot points now and then.

Our last news item from around the Trekverse comes courtesy of the wonderful Anson Mount.  Or, if you prefer, Captain Christopher Pike.

Next Chapter - Star Trek Discovery Season 2According to Anson, the thirteen-episode order for Season Two has been extended by one episode.

You can read a tiny bit more about that extension, including where the confirmation came from, at TrekMovie here.

This isn’t all that exceptional.  It happened in Season One, where Star Trek: Discovery‘s order went from 14 episodes to 15 episodes.  Extra episodes can happen for a number of reasons.  It could be the studio saying “we are super impressed… give us one more,” or it could be “this is super expensive, let’s get more bang for our buck, do another episode.”  They could also be doing an extra episode to create a back-door pilot for a new series.

Disco Christopher PikeEither way, I don’t care.   More Trek is more Trek and that makes me a very happy fan!  Particularly if this new episode gives us some additional time with the crew of Discovery and the crew of Pike’s Enterprise.

I know I’ve said this half a dozen times already, but if one of the new shows coming out is not a Pike’s Enterprise show, I will be SO disappointed.

That’s it for the news update! See what I mean? Not much news out there.

For those of you who don’t know, Star Trek: Discovery Season Two will air in the United States and Canada on January the 17th, 2019.  In Australia and elsewhere in the world, Episode One will air January 18th.

Now, to wrap up this post, here are some reader lists from our What if Then was Now? Part 1 article.

Pardon, you say?

Approximately a week ago Star Trek: Sentinel posed the question: what if Star Trek: The Next Generation was released now, in today’s ‘streaming’ world of 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 episodes a season?  Which of the 26 first season episodes would you use if you were told to cut their run down?

I received some interesting responses, and of those two people totally okay with me posting their suggestions.  As you can imagine, there were a few e-mails saying we should forget Season One altogether, while a lot of other people were happy to think about the idea and give me their take.

Below, are the two I’ve been given the okay to reproduce.

First, a reminder of the rules:

  • You have a 12 episode order.
  • The pilot (season 1) and finale (season 7) episodes cannot change, so those seasons receive a 13 episode order.
  • You can change the order of any episode, except for the pilot and finale.

Let’s take a look!

Star Trek The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint

Treklad_uk_1701 selected:

Encounter at Farpoint Part 1
Encounter at Farpoint Part 2
The Battle
Where No One Has Gone Before
Hide and Q

Hide and Q

The Big Goodbye
Haven
11001001
Datalore
Home Soil
Heart of Glory
Skin of Evil
The Arsenal of Freedom

Treklad thought that The Arsenal of Freedom episode was a pretty good one, and could work as a season ender.  It would by-pass episodes that seem to hint at something bigger coming in the second season, ideas that were never followed up on (Romulans and parasites).  He also wanted to show the crew actually exploring and engaging with strange new life forms.  As a fan of Crusher and Picard, he also felt it was important to show the beginnings of their on again off again romance.

TroisWigisSentient selected:

Encounter at Farpoint, Part 1
Encounter at Farpoint, Part 2
The Naked Now
Where No One Has Gone Before
Home Soil
Haven
The Battle

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The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
The Skin of Evil

Skin of Evil

TroisWigisSentient (which is a fantastic handle) preferred a season full of character development, choosing her episodes because she felt they either gave every character a chance to shine, or gave the ensemble an opportunity to work together.

A great selection of episodes from both of our contributors!

At the end of the week we’ll be applying the ‘What if Then Was Now’ process to Season One of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Check back then, and keep the discussion going via e-mail or in the comments.

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