Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres tonight on CBS before heading to CBS All Access in subsequent weeks, is the first new Trek series in almost 15 years. Sure, the gap in between was filled by J.J. Abrams’ modern Trek films set in an alternate reality, but fans have been waiting a while for a return to the Prime timeline. Unfortunately, for those hoping the next series would take place after Voyager and post-2300s, Discovery is actually ready to take us back to a decade before The Original Series.
Discovery will explore the Federation–Klingon Cold War and how the two sides handled the conflict and their differences. Along with that season-long story arc, the series will also follow Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as she wrestles with her human identity opposite her Vulcan upbringing under Sarek. Of course, Sarek’s son Spock never mentioned having a sister in The Original Series, so Burnham’s backstory must be handled with the utmost care so it doesn’t break existing canon continuity.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has said the specifics of Burnham’s life pre-Discovery will be revealed over time, so it could be a while before we learn the whole story. While there’s still plenty of time to include more scenes from Burnham’s childhood, recent promos for the show have already hinted at some flashbacks. And in a recent interview with IGN, Martin-Green confirmed, “There are flashbacks, yes, yes, yes.”
Speaking with the website, Martin-Green then went on to all but reveal that there is room for a young Spock to actually appear on the show. She wouldn’t say much more about it, only that fans will understand how she fits in to Spock’s life over time:
“I can be brutally honest and say I think it is quite genius the way that they have weaved me into that story. And it is something that seems very normal when you see it. It makes so much sense. It’s not what you’d expect, but it does make sense.”
Filming on the 15-episode first season is halfway done at this point with the second half of the season scheduled to air in early 2018. There hasn’t been any information about a young Spock being cast as of yet, but that doesn’t mean the character won’t have a part. While he may not be seen as an adult, there’s still a possibility he’ll be seen in glimpses or mentions as a child. Since the two characters are around the same age, and Burnham is older, it’ll be up to the writers on whether they want to go so far as to include yet another character from The Original Series.
Star Trek: Discovery continues next Sunday with ‘Context is For Kings’ on CBS All Access.
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