WARNING: Spoilers For the Final Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ahead!
Fans were delighted when the Discovery headed to the planet Vulcan in the season finale to pick up a new captain, and encountered the USS Enterprise, which of course is not yet captained by James Kirk, but does currently count Mr. Spock amongst its crew, a character who also happens to be a sibling to Michael Burnham. What does the use of the major franchise vessel mean for the future of the series? Could they be teasing introducing their own version of Spock in future seasons? Here’s what the showrunners had to say on the topic.
Gretchen J. Berg recently spoke on the decision to use the Enterprise in the Season 1 finale with The Hollywood Reporter claiming it was something they very much wanted to do from early on in their story planning for Season 1:
“As we were charting out this season and what we wanted to do next season, we thought, ‘Let’s tell this story now.’ You would have to have some sort of acknowledgment and interaction with this other ship and its inhabitants out there…But our show is called Discovery and our main focus is always going to be on the people on Discovery. But we’re also living within the canon that is the entire Star Trek universe.”
On the topic of Spock himself, Aaron Harberts, the other showrunner, stated:
“We certainly aren’t confirming that we’re even going to introduce Spock and we certainly are not casting that role, either. We live a lot in memory and flashback. The center of our show is always Michael Burnham… We realize how incredible Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto’s performances were and what [Star Trekmovie director] J.J. Abrams and the original series were able to pull off with that character. Finding another actor that could even come close to what Leonard Nimoy did with the original portrayal, we’d never want to go down that road.”
What would you think about ‘Discovery’ casting a new Spock? Would it feel too weird, especially since it was not that long ago that Zachary Quinto stepped into the role? Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject in the comments below!