The second season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is coming to CBS All Access, and showrunner Alex Kurtzman is opening up a bit on what to expect. We already know that the Enterprise is going to be factoring in and we’ll be able to expect a lot of Spock and his relationship with his half-sister Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham. While this isn’t the only piece of the plot which will play a significant part in the second season, it clearly is one that the showrunner has on his mind.
According to Kurtzman:
“The fans have a lot of questions about Michael Burnham’s [Sonequa Martin-Green] connections to Spock. And my strong feeling was if we were going to tell a new Spock story we had to tell an unwritten chapter and fill in some blanks about his character that people may not have known. And one of the things I really enjoyed about my time working on the Trek movies is taking a look at certain areas that had been painted so broadly there was a lot of room for interpretation or gaps that could be filled in. We did that last year with the Klingon war. Why Spock has never mentioned his half-sister Michael Burnham is such a major question to anybody who knows that character that it felt like we needed an entire season devoted to the answer rather than just one small episode.”
This is clearing going to be an ongoing story to be able to tell us exactly how the two get along and why Spock has never mentioned her. It almost makes you wonder if she may not be surviving the events of this series.
As to the new take on Spock, Kurtzman also reveals:
“It also gives an opportunity to show a part of Spock we haven’t seen. When we meet Spock in The Original Series he’s more or less the fully formed Vulcan that he remains for the rest of his run; he has come to understand there’s a necessary balance between logic and emotion. The Spock we meet in season 2 is really not there yet. He’s experienced his event that’s fried his logical brain, and his emotional side is not equipped to deal with it, and he’s really struggling. The big idea was to say this season is about coming to understand that if it were not for his relationship with Michael, he would not have become the Spock we know today.”
While it looks like they’ll be using the relationship between Spock and his sister to help define the character, it still feels that it’ll be hard for the writing team to make this idea work and be accepted be longterm fans of the franchise.
Are you looking to finding out more about Spock in his younger years on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’? Why do you think the writing team has put together for the most famous Vulcan to have never mentioned his sister? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, season two of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is now filming the second season, which will premiere on CBS All-Access on January 17, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly