Star Trek Theory: Discovery Is Setting Up A Pike/Spock Spinoff

Star Trek: Discovery may be setting up a spinoff that centers on the adventures of Captain Pike and Spock aboard the USS Enterprise. Discovery‘s versions of both classic Star Trek characters have been well received, and after getting a glimpse of the Enterprise bridge in season 2’s penultimate episode, fans are wondering if we really have to say goodbye to Pike and company so soon.

CBS All Access has made no secret of the fact that Star Trek is going to be the beating heart of the streaming service going forward. In the wake of Discovery‘s success, several other upcoming Star Trek series have been announced, including the animated comedy Lower Decks, the Michelle Yeoh starring Section 31 spinoff, and the much celebrated return of Patrick Stewart to the franchise in an as-yet-unnamed Jean-Luc Picard series.

Related: Jonathan Frakes to Direct Episodes of Patrick Stewart’s Picard Series

All of those shows certainly have potential, but the notion of a TV show taking place on the original Enterprise with Pike and Spock has a different kind of allure. But is it something CBS would want to pursue? Does it fill a hole in their longterm strategy for the franchise? Let’s break it down.

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Captain Christopher Pike is a towering figure in Star Trek lore, but he’s never really been allowed to take center stage. The character was abandoned after the first pilot for Star Trek: The Original Series, with Jeffrey Hunter’s brooding captain ditched in favor of William Shatner’s swashbuckling James T. Kirk. That pilot footage would be brilliantly repurposed in the classic two-part episode “The Menagerie,” but that was for all intents and purposes the end of Pike’s story. Bruce Greenwood played an older, more soulful version of Pike in the J.J. Abrams reboot films, serving as a father figure to Kirk who ultimately died at the hands of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Related: Every Star Trek Movie Ranked (From Worst To Best)

Anson Mount’s Pike has been a very different animal. After the crew of the Discovery were betrayed by their Mirror Universe former captain, Gabriel Lorca, Pike’s easy charm and sense of morality – as well as has implicit trust in Michael Burnham – have re-centered the show and solved many of the character problems that plagued Star Trek: Discovery season 1. Mount is dynamite in the role, and even if we know what grisly fate awaits him, he would canonically be the captain of the Enterprise for another decade or so. Petitions for Mount’s Pike to be given his own show have begun to spring up, and it would seem like a natural progression for both the character and CBS’s growing slate of Star Trek projects.

At this point, it would be a major surprise if Star Trek: Discovery season 3 didn’t take place in the future, perhaps as far as a thousand years past the 23rd century. The Picard series will take place at the twilight of the 24th century, and it’s unclear which era of Star Trek lore Lower Decks will occupy. If Discovery does leave the 23rd century behind, it will presumably have to jettison a lot of the recurring characters and subplots that are specific to that era, many of which are still unresolved.

Related: Star Trek Theory: Discovery Time Travels Into The Future For Season 3

The easiest way to pick up those threads would be throw a Pike/Spock show. Both characters are already familiar with most of the major players of the era, so there wouldn’t be much need to reintroduce concepts to the audience. It would also uphold a sort of Star Trek tradition, where one show introduces a new species or conflict, only for it to be further explored in a spinoff series. Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced the Bajorans, Cardassians, and Trill before Star Trek: Deep Space Nine went on to more fully define those species. A Pike/Spock series that stood in opposition to the creeping amorality of Section 31’s influence on the Federation would be a great way to grapple with some of the weightier questions that Discovery too often chooses to punt on.

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It’s still possible there will be more Kelvin timeline films, but the prospect seems fairly unlikely these days. Star Trek Beyond underperformed at the box office, and Chris Pine walked away from the negotiating table after Paramount attempted to lowball his salary for a proposed fourth film. The Star Trek film series is essentially mothballed at the moment, and there’s been no real indication that’s going to change anytime soon.

That could be used to CBS’s advantage. Star Trek’s film and TV rights were split by corporate reorganization about a decade ago – CBS controls the TV rights, Paramount controls the movie rights. Rumors have persisted for years that the two corporate entities have been waging something of a cold war over Star Trek, squabbling over who controls what aspects of the franchise. If Paramount isn’t even developing any Star Trek projects, any studio spats over use of iconic elements like the Enterprise and Spock would seem like a moot point.

Related: Why Star Trek 4 Has Been Cancelled

The general setup of the Enterprise’s mission of exploration also just lends itself better to television than it does films, as it’s an ongoing story. It’s been 15 years since audiences were able to tune in to a weekly show about the Enterprise exploring the galaxy – and that was the widely reviled Star Trek: Enterprise. A Pike/Spock series would give the franchise an opportunity to get back to basics, while still building on the innovations introduced by Discovery.

There are plenty of intellectual and corporate strategic reasons to pursue a series set on Captain Pike’s Enterprise, but there’s also one that is purely visceral. In the first part of the Star Trek: Discovery season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow,” we get our first look at Discovery‘s version of the iconic Enterprise bridge, and it is a sight to behold. Unlike the “Apple Store” redesign seen in the Kelvin films, the Discovery Enterprise – commanded by Rebecca Romijn’s Number One while Pike has been away – is a tasteful update of the TOS bridge. It’s much larger and with modern lighting and design elements, but also unmistakably the bridge of the NCC-1701, with red/orange railing and authentic reproductions of the old set’s knobs and lights.

Related: Star Trek Theory: [SPOILER] Is Discovery’s Final Captain

The production team did an amazing job melding the style of Discovery with the retro 60s feel of TOS, and it’s almost painful to think we’re never going to see that set used after this season of Discovery ends. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Whether they meant to or not, CBS has created the foundation for a great series that fans are dying to see. And while Mount’s Pike has been getting the lion’s share of the praise, Ethan Peck’s Spock has been nearly as remarkable, and Peck has had to play with a decidedly more famous and beloved character than Mount. Peck’s ability to maintain the core of the character established by the late Leonard Nimoy – while saddled with mental instability and a scraggly depression beard – has been a real achievement, and he deserves to take a stab at the more traditional iteration of the Vulcan science officer.

There’s no guarantee CBS will pursue a Pike/Spock series. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman seems to have a fairly good idea of where he wants to take the Star Trek franchise, and he’s yet to really acknowledge the fan desire to see a full series about Pike’s Enterprise. But the pieces are all there, and while Star Trek: Discovery has been a success, it’s been a controversial, polarizing one. If CBS wants to earn some goodwill and gift themselves a surefire hit, all they need to do is re-board the Enterprise.

Next: Discovery (Finally) Has A Proper Star Trek Crew In The Season 2 Finale

2019-04-17 07:04:46

Dusty Stowe

Star Trek: 25 Wild Revelations About Kirk And Spock’s Relationship

For Star Trek fans across the interwebs, the past two years have been endlessly exciting. Not only has a new Star Trek series been created, but also several new Star Trek properties are in the works. This includes a highly anticipated series on Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise during Star Trek: The Next Generation. When Gene Rodenberry created Star Trek in the 1960s, he probably never knew it’d become this popular. Everything started with a brash Captain Kirk and his hyper-logical, alien first officer, Spock. Now, the franchise is a staple of nerd culture.

Though Star Trek: The Original Series only lasted three years out of a planned five, the Enterprise crew started the formation of a fandom that would span generations. At the core of its lasting effect and long-term success were Spock and Kirk, the best friend opposites that balanced each other out. Their relationship was the core of the show, along with McCoy’s witty and passionate quipping.

Years later, fans are still obsessed with Kirk and Spock. It’s evident in the rebooted Star Trek films, where the duo are still fan-favorite characters with the most interesting friendship.

With so much time between them now, and so much material, there’s a lot that casual fans might not know about them. As Spock is spending some time now on Star Trek:Discovery, it’s good to remember this wild relationship that encouraged decades of space-fans.

Here are 25 Wild Revelations About Kirk And Spock’s Relationship.

25 Both Captained The Enterprise

For three glorious, hammy years as captain, Kirk pioneered the Enterprise across the galaxy and wooed perhaps too many a lady. However, Star Trek was cancelled and that journey ended. In the the films, his legacy lived on. His role changed quite a bit, though.

After the series ended, Kirk was promoted to Admiral and moved his adventures back to Starfleet. With the loss of her captain, the Enterprise replaced swoony Kirk with its second-in-command, Spock. Without Kirk, he built his own crew and led his own voyage into new galaxies.

With how much both men loved the U.S.S. Enterprise, it’s only fair both got to lead her.

24 Spock Was Initially Science Officer, Not Second In Command

In Kirk’s first forray as Enterprise’s captain, his second-in-command was Gary Mitchell, his good buddy from Starfleet days. After investigating a derelict space-ship, nine crew members perish, and Mitchell and the ship psychiatrist gain extreme psychic powers.

Eventually, they have to end Mitchell’s life, despite Kirk’s protest. This promotes science officer Spock to second-in-command of the Enterprise.

Furthermore, the true first pilot of Star Trek, “The Cage,” had Majel Barrett as Number One and everyone’s favorite Vulcan in the scientific position. It took three episodes and some fatal encounters for Spock to become Kirk’s number one man. While he’s the one everyone remembers, he wasn’t the one Gene Rodenberry envisioned at the beginning.

23 Many Fans Are Convinced The Relationship Had Romantic Undertones

Of all the relationships in Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock and Kirk have the strongest and most beloved. Fans adore the duo— an impulsive, passionate captain and his logical straight man. They bring out the best in one another and always have each other’s back.

However, certain scenes have led fans to believe the pair could be a bit more than friends. A few too many wry looks and assumed massages are thrown around the bridge. While never confirmed, the pair are the most important people in each other’s lives. Of course some people may interpret that as romantic.

22 Spock Prime Saved Alternative Spock And Kirk’s Relationship

When Nero went back in time and created the split timeline of the “Abrams-verse,” he also brought along an unsuspecting passenger: Spock. This much older Spock crash-landed on an ice planet only to be found by Chris Pine’s Kirk, a much younger and more problematic Starfleet Officer. After all, Nero changed his entire childhood history by taking his father’s life.

Though young Kirk was in trouble with Starfleet and a bitter rival with Spock, “Spock Prime” described to him the truth of the other timeline. In his time, Kirk was a decorated officer who was always supported by his father. More importantly? He and Sock were the closest of friends.

Sending young Kirk along with this information, Spock Prime saved the friendship that a younger him almost lost.

21 They Once Battled Over A Woman

As a child, Spock was promised to a Vulcan woman named T’Pring. They were bonded and betrothed, their parents intending for them to marry when Spock reached a decent age and was experiencing pon farr.

Unfortunately for T’Pring, that day didn’t occur until Spock was years deep into a Starfleet career. In his time away, she fell in love with another. To deter her betrothed from wanting her, she chose Kirk to fight for her. However, this fight was the fatal kind and Spock wounded his captain terribly.

Lucky for them, McCoy was ahead of the curve. Kirk was saved, the violence brought Spock out of pon farr, and T’Pring married her beloved. Quite a risky experience, though, almost costing both men their best friends.

20 In Alternate Universes, They Both Sacrificed Themselves Against Khan

One of the most iconic villains of all Star Trek history is Khan Noonien Singh. While on Earth, he was the most benevolent of the genetically modified superhuman leaders, but after the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s, only he and 80 of his people were able to flee the planet. Time has made him malicious and tyrannical. During the original series run, the Enterprise crew ran into his people. Khan almost destroys the ship, but Kirk stops him.

Next time they meet, Khan is even more homicidal. Spock sacrifices himself to stop Khan from destroying the entire ship. In Star Trek: Into Darkness‘s split timeline, it’s Kirk who instead makes the sacrifice.

19 Kirk Convinced Spock To Go Camping

While many fans argue that the Star Trek films were the best part of the original Star Trek crew, they definitely still had their hokey moments. Easily one of the weirdest ones is Kirk convincing McCoy and Spock to go camping with him in Yosemite in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. After being demoted back to Captain, the Enterprise is on shore leave and he convinces the pro-tech and logic Spock to do old-fashioned camping, with fires and lanterns and tents.

Considering the rest of the film involves Spock’s cult leader brother, Klingon alliances, and space gods, though, camping seems pretty nice. The Enterprise trio seem to agree, as the film ends on Kirk, McCoy, and Spock right back to their camping trip.

18 They Both Had Human Mothers

Despite Spock acting like the most Vulcan-y Vulcan ever to Vulcan, he mostly acts this way to overcompensate for his mixed heritage. Unlike most Vulcan, Spock is half-human. His father, Sarek, fell in love with the human Amanda Greyson and complicated his genetics. Because of this blending, Spock has a harder time containing his emotions and has to work harder than most to adhere to Vulcan traditions. However, he still has a close relationship with his mother and loves her dearly, even if he never says it.

As a born and raised Earth kid, Kirk’s mother’s also a human. But that meant the pair had similar emotional relationships with their mother, instead of their upbringings being completely different.

17 Spock Allowed Kirk To Break Log Rules (Multiple Times)

In Starfleet, there is a distinct rule to always log the daily happenings and keep track of all the encounters that happen. This lets the Federation have records of all possible discoveries throughout the quadrants. However, every once in awhile. captains are known to break that protocol and keep certain events off record.

Throughout his three year journey, Kirk deliberately didn’t log several important events. For example, when they finally found the missing Dr. Roger Korby, they learned that Korby learned to create androids and downloaded his consciousness into one to achieve immortality. Kirk logs that “Dr. Korby was never here.” As a stickler for Starfleet rules, Spock should have probably been more diligent on making Kirk report hard truths instead of comforting lies.

16 The Only Thing That Could Distract Spock From His People Was Kirk

Regardless of his mixed heritage, Spock is just as dedicated to Vulcan as any full-blooded member of the species. If anything, he’s more devoted. In his Starfleet career, he wants to honor his culture and be the best Vulcan officer he can be (even if he ends up in Starfleet to spite the Science Academy.) He brings fierce logic to all situations and is an upstanding leader.

Beyond Starfleet, Spock eventually becomes a famous Vulcan Ambassador and devotes the end of his life to Romulan and Vulcan re-unification. However, despite all of his dedication, he will drop all of that at the drop of a hat if Kirk needs him. Before his dear friend’s passing, Spock several times risks rank and reputation to protect him.

15 Kirk’s Romantic Side Never Rubbed Off On Spock

If Kirk wasn’t a captain, he’d spend all of his days romancing every woman in sight. Since leading the Enterprise gets in the way, he only manages a lady every other episode.

When it comes to Kirk and Spock, they teach each other a lot. Kirk learns more restraint and logic from his Vulcan friend, and Spock learns the benefits of going with the flow and bending the rules. They’ve made each other better men and officers.

However, as far as Kirk’s Casanova antics go, Spock learned none of that. Throughout their adventures and beyond, Spock isn’t one for intimate, romantic relationships. The only examples either are very brief or happen in completely different timelines.

14 Spock Defied Orders To Save Kirk

Starfleet sounds glamorous and honorable, exploring among the stars, but the job comes with inherent dangers. After all, how many red shirts were lost in the making of the various series? When Kirk was in similar danger, and Spock was in direct order to leave a planet, he instead chose to stay in orbit and save his captain.

While Spock doesn’t defy Starfleet rules nearly as much as Kirk does, he’s still willing to do so to help protect his friend.

Even the most logical Vulcan will break a few rules to help someone they really care about. They may base their entire culture around reason, but they still have powerful ties to family and comrades.

13 Both Have Complicated Relationships With Their Brothers

As the Vulcan lifespan is pretty long, Amanda Greyson was hardly Sarek’s only love interest. His first was a Vulcan Princess who passed away young, leaving Sybok, their son, in Sarek’s care. He raised Sybok and Spock together, but the pair were very different. Despite being full Vulcan. Sybok was charismatic and spiritual while Spock was logical and scientific. They never quite got along, but Sybok sacrificed himself to save Spock and the Enterprise.

Similarly, Kirk and his brother, George Samuel, were night and day. Kirk was an overachiever dreaming of the stars. “Sam,” as Kirk called him, was a simple biologist who wanted to build a family. Kirk hadn’t seen Sam in years by the time he found his corpse on Deneva.

12 The Actors Were Best Friends In Real Life

Despite all the cast tensions that went on behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Original Series, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy came out of the experience as close friends. Throughout the years of making Star Trek films and various conventions, they really grew to care about one another. They were constants in each other’s lives, weathering the years of show business.

Unfortunately, a few years before Nimoy passed, the pair drifted apart. According to people close to Nimoy, Shatner’s insistence on making a Star Trek documentary, to the point of filming Nimoy without his permission, broke his trust. Shatner laments the fact he missed seeing Nimoy off in his final months.

11 They Have Very Different Relationships With Dr. McCoy

As good a captain Kirk is, he really was a wild card that needed advisers and good friends backing him. This is how the Holy Trinity of early Star Trek formed, the vital relationships Kirk had with Spock and McCoy. While Spock gave Kirk logic and reason, McCoy called him out on dumb ideas and supported him when his heart was set on something. Both men were necessary in Kirk being a well-rounded captain.

When it came to the relationship between McCoy and Spock, though, the pair often didn’t get along. McCoy found Spock’s incessant knowledge annoying, and Spock disagreed with McCoy’s “bedside manner” sensibilities. While the pair respected and relied on each other, they weren’t exactly close friends, either.

10 Their Relationship Is The Most Important Thing In Both Their Lives

Both James T. Kirk and Spock spent their lives adventuring among the cosmos, exploring and learning as much as possible. They met many new people, make revolutionary scientific discoveries, and go where no man has gone before. Even once Kirk is promoted, though, they remain close friends who care deeply for one another. Kirk was willing to give up his rank to get Spock back.

Women never stuck, but they always were there for each other. In both of their lifetimes, this relationship was the most significant one that they experienced. After all, romance is fun, but who else would go camping to Yosemite or save Blue Whales at the drop of a hat?

9 In The Abrams Films, They’re Both Attracted To Uhura

As much as the Abrams films change, they don’t touch one thing: Kirk’s womanizing ways. Only a few scenes into the film, he’s hitting on Starfleet recruit Uhura. Later, when they meet again after he courts her roommate, he flirts with her all over again. Beautiful and capable, it’s understandable why he would be interested in Uhura. However, she has zero interest in him.

What really complicates matters, though, is Uhura’s relationship with Spock. In the original series, Spock and Uhura don’t have many conversations together at all, much less romantic tension. Now, in the Abrams-verse, they have a secret teacher-student type relationship and it definitely makes things even more complicated on the bridge.

8 Spock Can Easily Tell When Kirk Isn’t Himself

Though Kirk is a formidable man, there are quite a few episodes where his body is taken over by various aliens or he’s replaced. Or, in an infamously uncomfortable episode involving Janice Rand, a transporter accident gives him an evil twin that goes lurking about the ship.

Lucky for Kirk, Spock has a keen eye and knows his behaviors well. Over time, the Vulcan becomes a Kirk Litmus test that can identify a fake Kirk from a real one at a moment’s notice. This becomes really important in Star Trek: The Original Series final episode, where Janice Lester tastes over Kirk’s brain. If it wasn’t for Spock, Kirk in Janice’s body would have been executed and evil Janice would have become Enterprise’s captain.

7 Both Have Mirror Universe Versions Of Themselves

The Mirror Universe is a running Star Trek parallel universe, used in several different series to cause conflict. The Mirror universe tends to have heroes and good people in darker, terrible roles and relationships completely altered and warped. In the case of the first Enterprise, where several bridge members end up on the mirror universe counterpart of their ship, trying to keep hidden from the twisted “other” crew. In this place, Spock and Kirk are comrades there, but far more adversarial. Several times mirror Spock threatens Kirk’s life.

On a more fun note, though, Spock also has a weird goatee. Everything in the mirror universe looks generally bizarre.

6 Spock Grew Much Older Than Kirk

While Star Trek can be a bit confusing about ages (for example, if Spock served under a young Captain Pike, he should have aged a good fifty years, but sources say that Spock is only thirty something by the start of the original series,) that doesn’t change the long lives of Vulcans. Spock’s father, Sarek, was 203 when he finally passed on.

Whether Spock was 30 or nearing 100 when he met Kirk, by all Vulcan averages he still had decades before his own demise. No wonder he had to find fulfillment in a greater purpose. After all, those closest to him were all humans who would never live as long as he did.

5 Both Experienced Mind-Control Romances

Various adventures in Star Trek include a little mischievous thing called mind control. Whether it’s done by aliens desperate for entertainment or manipulative spores, the Enterprise crew gets hypnotized quite often. More fascinatingly, though, they seem to get shoved into romances during these events.

While under the influence, Kirk kissed Uhura in the famous first biracial kiss on television. Similarly, Spock entered a romance with a woman named Leila for a time while controlled by spores. Though he preferred being himself, he said his time with Leila was his “happiest.” When an avid scientist, Spock enjoys life but just isn’t satisfied with the world.

4 Kirk Risked Rank To Save Spock’s Life

During Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Enterprise crew lost its most beloved member: Spock. He sacrificed himself to stop the evil conqueror Khan’s plots. However, it seems Spock didn’t stay gone. His coffin landed on the Genesis planet and decided to regenerate.

Though Kirk and friends were banned from going anywhere near the dangerous Genesis planet, they disobeyed orders at the chance to save their friend. Moreover, having Spock’s consciousness in McCoy was probably going to break his brain if they didn’t trying.

They recovered Spock, but all of the crew-members were court-marshaled and demoted. Maybe Kirk wasn’t an admiral anymore, but he was the Enterprise’s captain again, which is pretty good considering their disobedience.

3 They Consider Each Other Brothers

Despite the fact that both Kirk and Spock had other siblings, they spent most of their time together. Through all these adventures, it made the pair consider each other brothers. They each had strained relationships with their own siblings, so they grew to be family. The Enterprise became their home together, travelling the stars.

While both men have made some risky decisions in the name of their relationship, they are daring and devoted friends that care deeply for one another. It’s no surprise they came to see each other as family.

In space, so far away from homeworlds, finding a new family makes the journey all the better.

2 Each of Their Lives Changed Irreparably When They Worked With Captain Picard

For many people, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Captain Picard is their favorite Starfleet leader. Others, it’s Kirk or later captains. Either way, Picard had a profound influence on the previous Enterprise leaders. During his time as captain, he got involved with Spock’s Romlaun/Vulcan re-unification plan. This meant keeping the Romulan underground and Spock hidden from Romulan leaders. When Picard left, Spock decided to stay, ultimately meaning he would likely spend the rest of his life on Romulus.

Then in one Picard film, he met up with a once-missing Kirk and took him on an adventure that took the captain’s life. Despite their plan to escape, Kirk sacrificed himself to save Picard and the Shakespearean man came home as he left it: alone.

1 Considering Discovery’s Canon, Spock Never Told Kirk About His Sister

In Star Trek, Kirk and Spock were best friends, brothers, and dearly devoted to one another. They were closer to each other than anyone else in their lives. Despite this closeness, Spock kept a lot from Kirk. Not only did his brother go unmentioned for decades, but according to Star Trek: Discovery canon, he failed to mention he had a sister at all.

While Spock was a private and unemotional man, he shared his relationships with his parents openly. Considering how complex his relationship with Burnham is, and how they effected each other’s lives, it’s baffling how Spock didn’t share that with his best friend.

Maybe he just didn’t want Kirk to try to flirt with his little sister.

Were there any other weird aspects to Spock and Kirk’s friendship in Star Trek that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

2019-04-14 07:04:19

Stephanie Marceau

Star Trek: Discovery Just Made Spock’s Banter With McCoy Even Better

Spock has finally arrived on Star Trek: Discovery, and the eighth episode of season 2, “If Memory Serves,” has shed new light on one of the Vulcan’s most enjoyable traits: his affinity for bantering with humans. For decades, fans of classic Star Trek have enjoyed Spock’s debates with Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, and the CBS All-Access series has revealed that his original human sparring partner was his adopted sister, Michael Burnham.

In “If Memory Serves”, Michael and Spock travel to Talos IV – home of the first aliens the U.S.S. Enterprise ever encountered in Star Trek‘s unaired pilot. There, the telepathic residents of the planet healed the Vulcan’s mind, which was damaged by a mind-meld with the Red Angel. Spock’s healing process required the Talosians to delve into his and Michael’s family issues, and we learned that when Burnham ran away from home (to spare Sarek’s family from being targets of Vulcan logic extremists looking to purge humans from their planet), she cruelly tried to sever Spock’s emotional ties to her with insults. Spock was just a little boy and it worked; their relationship was never the same, and the Vulcan never forgave his sister.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Is Making The Unaired Pilot More Important

While he may be Star Trek‘s most famous Vulcan, Spock is also half-human, which is one of the reasons why he’s such a fascinating character. Spock is perpetually caught between two worlds and two cultures. His outer facade is unflappable Vulcan logic, but, as seen on Star Trek: Discovery, in his earlier years in Starfleet Spock was a bit more emotional and, even as he aged, it was his undeniable human side that regularly manifested when he bantered with Dr. McCoy.

Spock And Dr. McCoy Are Star Trek’s Best Frenemies

In Star Trek: The Original Series and in the six feature films starring the classic cast, no one enjoyed getting a rise out of Spock more than Bones, his best frenemy. They were oil and water on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise: Spock was proudly logical while McCoy was the epitome of a “flawed, emotional human”. But the doctor also reveled in needling the Vulcan and made it a point to irritate him – and he often succeeded. Bones knew there was a human side to Spock and, though the Science Officer loathed to admit it, Spock enjoyed giving as good as he got, firing back wry but scathing jabs at Bones – with an amused but exasperated Captain Kirk usually caught in the middle of his two best friends’ bickering.

It was relentlessly entertaining to see Spock irritated by Bones’ penchant for “irrelevant” metaphors and mocking his pointy ears and green blood. The classic repartee between Leonard Nimoy and DeForrest Kelley was successfully duplicated in J.J. Abrams’ movie reboot; Zachary Quinto’s Spock and Karl Urban’s McCoy also hilariously traded zingers, to Chris Pine’s Kirk’s chagrin.

Sadly, as Nimoy’s Spock aged into the 24th century, his appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the Abrams films were noticeably missing that key element to Spock: there was no one any longer for the Vulcan to banter with. Captain Jean-Luc Picard didn’t provoke the old Spock’s keen wit and neither did the younger versions of the crew of the Starship Enterprise in the Kelvin timeline.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Explains An Emotional Spock TOS Decision

Spock Learned How to Banter With Humans From Michael

“If Memory Serves” boasted many thrilling moments, especially for longtime fans, but one of the most rewarding was seeing Spock restored to his right mind – and he immediately began to banter with Michael. Their verbal dueling flared up right away; Spock smugly asked Michael if she has any questions of value and she fired back with, “Yes, do you think the beard is working for you?” Burnham is the opposite side of Spock’s coin – a human trained in Vulcan logic – but more importantly, she’s Spock’s sister. They were once close as children but they’re now estranged, but being family means they also instinctively know how to irritate each other, which is great fun to watch and is poised to continue as they work together to find the Red Angel.

With Star Trek: Discovery providing new context, it’s fascinating to learn that his relationship with Michael, an intelligent human who was also a worthy rival, trained Spock to both seek out and enjoy having a verbal sparring partner in Dr. McCoy.

Next: Discovery Broke Star Trek Tradition For Its Best TOS Reference Yet

Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays @ 8:30pm on CBS All-Access and internationally the next day on Netflix.

2019-03-09 10:03:54

John Orquiola

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Premiere Date Confirmed at NYCC

The premiere date for season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery was confirmed during the show’s panel Saturday afternoon at NYCC.  Season 2 picks up the action right where season 1 left off, as the Discovery finds itself coming face-to-face with the Starship Enterprise, and its pre-Kirk captain Christopher Pike.

The storyline for season 2 revolves around a mystery involving a set of unexplained alien signals that have been picked up by Starfleet. In the middle of this mystery is none other than Mr. Spock, played by Ethan Peck. The season will explore the relationship between Spock and his foster sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).

Related: CBS Has Discussed Star Trek Spinoff Shows For Every Discovery Character

The second season of the series will air on CBS All Access beginning January 17, 2019. In addition to announcing the premiere date, the Star Trek: Discovery NYCC panel also discussed the mystery at the center of season two. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman explained how that storyline plays into the season’s overarching themes, saying “The 7 signals: who sent them and what do they mean is the drive of season 2. There’s a conversation of science vs. faith and what does faith mean?”

During the NYCC panel, it was also revealed for the first time that the home planet of Commander Saru’s race the Kelpians is called Kaminar. The panel also addressed the semi-controversy involving the Klingons’ lack of hair in season 1, and the announcement that for season 2 Klingons will again have hair. As L’Rell actress Mary Chieffo explained, the Klingons were hairless last season because during times of war it’s traditional for Klingons to shave their heads. She said this idea was actually inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Rightful Heir,” in which it’s revealed that great Klingon warrior Kahless the Unforgettable forged a sword by removing a lock of his hair and thrusting it into a river of molten rock. Also shown at the panel was a schematic of the classic Klingon cruiser design, indicating that fans will get to see some old-school Klingon ships alongside the old-school Klingon hair in season 2.

Overall, it seems Star Trek: Discovery season 2 will be making a big effort to please hardcore Star Trek fans who were somewhat upset with the way season 1 played fast-and-loose with canon. It remains to be seen if the changes made for season 2 will please those who felt the first season didn’t quite deliver the true Star Trek spirit. Of course, there are also a lot of new Trek fans who were intrigued by season 1, and particularly the new characters. Season 2 may turn into a delicate balancing act as the show tries to keep everyone happy, from the traditional Trekkies to the newer arrivals.

More: Star Trek ‘Runaway’ Trailer Teases a Spooky Discovery Short Story

Star Trek: Discovery season 2 premieres January 17, 2019 on CBS All Access.

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2018-10-06 02:10:40 – Dan Zinski

Star Trek’s New Spock Revealed in Discovery Season 2 Trailer at NYCC

A new trailer for season 2 of Star Trek Discovery debuted at New York Comic-Con this weekend, offering a first look at Ethan Peck as Spock and promising a universe full of new adventures. The panel also confirmed that the show is set to return to CBS All Access in January 2019.

Starring Sonequa Martin-Green as disgraced Starfleet officer Michael Burnham, Star Trek Discovery premiered last year on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access, to encourage fans to sign up for the streaming platform. Season 1 was a wild ride, featuring a giant space tardigrade, the Mirror Dimension, and a major character twist. It also ended on a tantalizing cliffhanger, with the Discovery receiving a distress signal from none other than Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise.

Related: Star Trek Discovery Klingon Look Will Change In Season 2

Anson Mount (Inhumans) joins Star Trek Discovery season 2 as Captain Pike, while Michael’s adoptive brother Spock will be played by Ethan Peck (The Honor List). Given that both of these characters have a long history in the Star Trek franchise, fans have been eager to see Discovery’s take on Pike and Spock – and now they finally can. Also revealed in the trailer is Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) as Number One, telling Pike to “be careful.” Check out the trailer for Star Trek Discovery season 2 below:

In addition to revealing Spock in the trailer, CBS also shared an official photo of Peck’s character:

There were plenty of interesting reveals during the Star Trek Discovery panel at NYCC, including the tidbit that the home planet of Saru’s (Doug Jones) species, the Kelpians, is called Kaminar. The crew will visit Kaminar in season 2, and we’ll get to meet Saru’s sister, Sarana. Saru had a complicated relationship with Michael in season 1 – acting coldly towards her after her act of mutiny, but eventually warming to her again and growing to respect her strong moral compass. The season 2 trailer indicates that Saru and Michael will grow even closer in a clip where Michael holds Saru’s hand and tells him, “You are my family.”

The trailer also sets up a season 2 arc related to Spock and Michael having visions of a “Red Angel,” which is apparently the “biggest mystery of the season” and “appears to Burnham at a very critical moment.” The Red Angel may be connected to the seven signals mentioned in the trailer, but Martin-Green and Peck stayed tight-lipped when asked for more clues about what these mean. Color us intrigued…

More: Star Trek ‘Runaway’ Trailer Teases a Spooky Discovery Short Story

Star Trek Discovery season 2 will premiere on CBS All Access in January 2019.

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2018-10-06 02:10:28 – Hannah Shaw-Williams