First picture of Star Trek: Discovery cast

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I have to thank the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery for one thing already: it’s got me watching Star Trek: The Next Generation again. It’s been quite a few years since I boldly went where no ship and its over-powered, almost omnipotent android Data followed, and I am loving it. It does bring up some concerns about ST:D though – other than the abbreviation I mean. For example, this series is set a decade before the exploits Captain Kirk and his crew in the original show/movies, a choice that didn’t work all too well with the last Star Trek series, Enterprise. However, one thing I am not concerned about are the actors themselves.

And courtesy of TrekMovie we now have our first look at the new cast together as a team. Admittedly they’re not actually in character, but rather just getting together to celebrate actor James Frain’s birthday, but we’ll take what we can get!

It’s made up of the very talented Jason Isaacs (on the left) who’ll be the star ship Discovery’s captain, Lorca. However, unlike ST:NG he won’t be the actual lead character (if you can pin that on Picard). That falls to Sonequa Martin-Green (middle right) who plays Rainsford in the role of Number One. To the left of Issacs is Michelle Yeoh, who will play Captain Georgiou of the Shenzhou; then Chris Obi who plays a Klingon (oh yes!). To the right of Sonequa is Kenric Green, who will play her husband, then Discovery’s Science officer Doug Jones. Next up is James Frain who will pay the famous Sarek, father of Spock. Lastly we have Shazad Latif who will play Kol, a commanding officer of the Klingons.

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I am sure they will all bring something new to the show and hope these names become as household as Patrick Stewart and Johnathan Frakes’. One thing I note are the number of Klingon characters sitting around that table (where is the bIreQtagh dish I ask you!?). In this era in Star Trek lore the Federation and the Klingons are not on the best of terms and a ‘shoot first, and then again’ policy works wonders. It will be interesting if they explore this more. That being said, the show is called Star Trek: ‘Discovery’ and venturing into the socio-political landscape of this war would not really encompass this. It would also be a bit too similar to Star Trek: Deep Space 9, a show that was gripping, but also very heavy with its war themes. In fact DS:9 was so heavy some didn’t enjoy it.

I am growing more optimistic about Discovery, so far they haven’t made a rubbish Trek series and I hope they don’t start now! I mean they are even being topical having the first openly gay, permanent character.

Last Updated: March 28, 2017

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Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Ahem. Sulu in Star Trek Beyond was gay.
    And an Obi in Star Trek?
    Disney must have their lawyers on speed dial. 😛

    • He has never been ‘openly’ gay about it until now, and that is also in another universe.

    • Captain JJ

      Sulu wasn’t gay in the original series, only in the Kelvin Timeline.

      • Original Heretic

        I still find it a bit strange that Takei didn’t like the change. I mean, I’m all for staying true to the source material and all that, but really now, something like changing the character’s sexuality isn’t going to break the story.

        • Captain JJ

          Yea. In a way I can see where he’s coming from. He played this character for years, a character that he built and grew to know as a straight person. So maybe it felt like they were messing with the character.

          • Original Heretic

            I think it’s kinda funny, because they did it to honour him. And he didn’t feel honoured! HA!

          • Captain JJ

            Yea, that’s true 😀

      • Dutch Matrix

        Uhhh… real world? 🙂

        • Captain JJ

          Yea, and Henry Cavill can’t really fly 😛

          • Dutch Matrix

            Steek jou tong uit vir jou hond man!!!!
            XD

  • Original Heretic

    Wow, loving the cast. Jason Isaacs, James Frain and Doug Jones? All VERY underrated actors, Jones especially.
    And of course, MORE STAR TREK!!

    • Captain JJ

      Star Trek!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So if it’s set before TOS does that mean no stupid holodeck rubbish?

    • Dutch Matrix

      You get a holodeck! You get a holodeck! You all get a holodeck!
      Come on! Voyager had a brilliant two episode holodeck story. Aliens in Nazi garb, and Seven of Nine singing whatever type of music was popular that time?
      Well okay. Seven of Nine could be running around the ship screaming handale handale ariba! and it would be the sexiest thing ever!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s precisely the kind of stuff I’m talking about.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Nope. That was brilliant. Rest of the holodeck stuff was rubbish, I’ll admit.

      • Original Heretic

        Hmmmm, Seven of Nine….

    • You take that back!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        #fiteme

        • To the holodeck!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Okay red apron shirt.

          • Want me to post a pic from Sat?! You take that back you hypocrite!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I wear a blue apron shirt, which means I’m in medical.

          • I’d rather DIE than be in medical, which is apt! EDIT: Also, you don’t care enough to be medical…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You will die. Red shirt.

          • Yes, ‘apt’ 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            ‘Don’t care’ 😀

          • Called it!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s not an achievement, apathy is my default state.

          • Captain JJ

            Someone say red apron?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nope, it was crossed out because it was completely accidental. 😀

          • Captain JJ

            Oh. Okay. My senses picked it up, but when I got here I couldn’t find where it was written, because it was crossed out and therefor unreadable.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That was not the word you were looking for.

            Wait… wrong franchise.

          • Captain JJ

            Oh sorry. I used the schwartz!

  • miaau

    10 years before the events in Enterprise, which is were they made a big deal about Vulcan help to get mankind out to explore, you mean? So, they tossing the canon of Enterprise, or was mankind lying to the Vulcan’s and could go hyperspace before?

    Crock of shit, they limit themselves in such massive ways with this point in time. First few episodes, find feet and stuff is ok, but going forward, the writers cannot bring in new tech, or Aliens or whatever. Really, quite poor initial idea.

    Set events as Janeway brings home the Voyager, for example, start out there.

    • I am pretty sure that the Vulcans made first contact much more than 10 years before? That was mid-21st century and Enterprise is mid 22nd.

      • miaau

        At the start of Enterprise series, they helps mankind get the stupid hyperdrive working AND mankind met the klingons for the first time.

        They made a big deal about sending an ambassador with the Enterprise, to “help” mankind with meeting new speciies that the vulcans already knew.

        Big speeches made about this being the first explorer ship and all that jazz.

        • Well the Vulcans made first contact (as in the movie of the same name) mid 21st century. Enterprise is mid 22nd, which means humans have had warp tech for nearly a century. Ass for their ‘helping’ I think that was their point of view, green-blooded goblins! As for the Ambassador wasn’t she placed there because they didn’t trust the humans not to start a war with everything?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor
          • You get out!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No! I’m learning far too much to leave now.

          • miaau

            I seem to recall it was about getting a ship built, big enough and strong enough to go outside and properly explore, and the vulcans helped with power systems or something. Dammit, been years. I remember they helped with some tech, grudgingly, to build the Enterprise

          • Captain JJ

            The Vulcans were very reluctant to help the humans with any tech.

        • Also, read this 🙂 http://imgur.com/gallery/wpZ4w

          • miaau

            cute.

            ST:D is still a crock of shit, with a premise that promises to have each subsequent episode feel more forced than the previous. Or next, knowing Star Trek tech and time travel.

          • It isn’t out yet, so I hold my thoughts in hope…

          • miaau

            yeah, I hold little hope. Maybe I am wrong. I hope I am

          • I’ll watch the first few and do a review, let you peeps know.

    • Captain JJ

      As far as I recall from Enterprise the Vulcans refused to help them with warp tech, saying they had to get there themselves. But they did give them “advice” as far as I recall. I think. I can’t remember XD

  • Captain JJ

    Hype!

  • Captain JJ

    Star Trek has always been excellent with being topical. As far as I know Nichelle Nichols was one of the very first African American women (if not the first) on television who wasn’t in a “servant” role. I’ve always loved that about it and how it included many different cultures.

    • miaau

      also first kiss

      • Original Heretic

        Kirk boinked a green one!

      • Captain JJ

        Oh yes, that too. I remember that episode

    • Original Heretic

      At the time of the initial series, Chekov was seen as being them “taking a chance” as well. A Russian character in an American show that started while the Cold War was on and he’s portrayed a good guy?
      Ballsy move on their part.

      • Captain JJ

        Yea. It only took other movies and series 30-40 years to get to that point of actually putting people of colour and non-stereotypical characters in their shows. 😛

        • Original Heretic

          Precisely!

          I remember watching a documentary (jeez, a good ten years ago, at least) where they went into all the changes that Star Trek had made on the real world.
          It was amazing to see!

          Right now, we’re living the science fiction that was written 50 years ago.
          Which makes me wonder where the world is going to be 50 years from now.

          I mean damn, I read this yesterday (see link below). Mind boggling to think of what is coming.

          https://www.sott.net/article/346375-5G-AI-and-graphene-Three-developments-that-will-drive-us-into-a-technocracy

          • Captain JJ

            Oh, interesting read… *returns to article*

          • Original Heretic

            Love that site. Always find interesting stuff there.

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    As a Trekkie, I approve of this series.. and it’s been far too long since we’ve had another Trek TV show…. THIS IS STAR TREK!!!!

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