Fans of the original Star Trek series were in luck at San Diego Comic-Con today. At the Star Trek: Discovery panel, moderated by comedian and new cast member Tig Notaro, the cast and crew revealed some new additions to the show for its second season, which might be familiar to fans of the past.
Aside from the news that Spock himself will appear in the upcoming season, Anson Mount (playing original Enterprise captain Christopher Pike) revealed that Rebecca Romijn is joining the show as Number One.
Number One, the stoic second in command first seen in the original Star Trek pilot and “The Menagerie,” was originally played by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, creator Gene Roddenberry's second wife. She would later go on to have roles in later Star Trek shows and films as well.
It’s unknown how extensive Romijn’s appearance will be in Season 2 of Discovery, which, according to information revealed at the panel, will follow Captain Pike taking command of the USS Discovery to investigate seven mysterious signals in space.
The trailer for Season 2 also dropped, and is big on action, showing not only the Discovery but also small single-person ships flying around. Mount’s Captain Pike shows up wearing a yellow uniform reminiscent of the Enterprises’ original series uniforms, but also dons Discovery’s blue jumpsuit get-up.
But that's not the only hat-tip you can expect. “We're syncing up with canon this season, so you may see a few more Easter eggs,” said Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru).
The panel also gave a nod to Trek actors past. Chris Hunter, son of original Captain Pike actor Jeffrey Hunter, was in attendance in the audience. Mount, himself the fourth actor to play the part, asked Chris to stand up for the crowd, to audience cheers.
Star Trek: Discovery's second season won’t premiere on CBS All Access until January 2019, but the show will return in short form this December. Producer Alex Kurtzman announced a four-episode series of shorts called Star Trek: Short Treks that will dive into the series’ characters. Each short is expected to run 10-15 minutes. Rainn Wilson is coming back as Harry Mudd for one of the shorts and will direct his episode.
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