A news round-up from today’s Star Trek panel at Comic-Con attended by showrunner Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green, and Star Trek: Picard‘s Patrick Stewart.
At today’s massive Star Trek Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) will be appearing in Star Trek: Short Treks, the online spinoff shorts from the new Alex Kurtzman produced series. We will also see the return of our furry friends known as Tribbles.
Kurtzman on Picard:
“I think Picard is beloved by people because they have always seen him not just as the great philosopher captain, but as the moral center that you want every captain to be,” says Trekverse commander Alex Kurtzman of The Next Generation character and his forthcoming return in CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard. “He’s the person who thinks deeply, thoughtfully, strategically about what’s best, not only for his crew, but also for space, time, the future, all of the things that go beyond the span of a single life.”
Kurtzman was joined on stage at the massive Hall H by Sir Patrick Stewart, as well as Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green and many members of the cast and creatives behind the streamer’s expanding franchise.
With Discovery on warp speed to its third season, Picard set to launch later this year, and the animated Star Trek: Lower Decks on display too, the nearly two-hour extravaganza promises to deliver “multiple surprises,” according to EP Kurtzman.
DEADLINE: It was almost four years ago that it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery was taking off. Now that show is heading into a third season on CBS All Access, Picard is launching later this year, there’s the animated Lower Decks, the Shorts, a Michelle Yeoh-led series, and I know more could be brewing – what has that ride to today been like?
KURTZMAN: It’s been extraordinary and wonderful and exhilarating and terrifying and full of amazing revelations for all of us that we’ve built this universe. One of the things that I’m really most proud of and most joyful about is how many incredible people have emerged from the woodwork to declare themselves Star Trek fans, you know, and talk about how much they have wanted to work on this show.
DEADLINE: Such as?
KURTZMAN: Well, Michael Chabon, for example, wrote my favorite novel of all time, the Pulitzer Prize- winning Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Never in a million years would I have expected that he would’ve come to me and say I’m a huge Star Trek fan and now he is the showrunner for Picard. That’s been an incredible thing for me, and I think for everybody. So, I can’t wait for fans to see Picard, and I can’t wait for non-fans to see it, because hopefully they will see it as it’s all very recognizably Star Trek, and also, they’ll see that we’re doing something new.
Sonequa Martin-Green is a living miracle. I mean, she’s just so extraordinary on so many fronts. She’s a brilliant actor who’s incapable of a false note, and she is a true leader on set. She is number one on the call sheet, so everything trickles down from her. She’s first to arrive, always with a smile, always generous with cast mates. She always goes the extra, extra, extra mile to support everybody and to make everybody comfortable, and she’s dedicated.
Then let me say, without giving too much away, the thing that’s really exciting for the character of Michael Burnham in Season 3 is that we get to explore a whole new side of her.
Watch the teaser revealed today below.