Spoilers ahead for the Season 1 finale of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery!
The Star Trek prequel series Discovery wrapped up its first season by putting a cap on the raging Klingon War and finding a bit of hope in this mostly dour future—but the real kicker was that closing scene. The Discovery received a distress call from a very familiar ship: the U.S.S. Enterprise.
As fans are well aware, the ship at this point in time is piloted by Captain Pike, with Spock on board the ship as science officer (Discovery takes place a decade before The Original Series). We don’t actually get to see anyone onboard the Enterprise, but the set-up will almost certainly mean something as the show looks ahead to Season 2. According to co-showrunner Aaron Harberts, that final scene doesn’t mean we’ll actually see Spock or Pike next season—but it does sound like the Discovery will at least be sharing an adventure with the Enterprise crew.
"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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
"[W]e realize how incredible Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto's performances were and what 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.”
If nothing else, it was a great nod to fans to acknowledge that—despite its differences—these ships and crews really are in the same world. Fellow showrunner Gretchen J. Berg also hinted the connection could also serve as a jumping-off point to bring Discovery more in line with the spirit of old-school Trek, focusing on hope and exploration, as opposed to a brutal war.
The entire first season of Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)