[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”]
“You guys don’t even know the journey that awaits you,” Sonequa Martin-Green teased on “After Trek,” the “Star Trek: Discovery” after-show that streamed on CBS All Access Sunday night. Several cast members were either beamed in (via satellite) or appeared in studio to discuss the series’ two-episode premiere that debuted half on broadcast television and half on CBS All Access.
Hosted by TV writer and podcaster Matt Mira, “After Trek” gave fans a place to interact online and through social media to discuss the night’s episodes. The show also provides a platform to debut exclusive never-before-seen content, including a featurette of Chris Obi explaining what it takes to play the Klingon T’Kuvma, one giving a behind-the-scenes look at shooting Burnham’s zero-gravity sequence, and a sneak peek of Episode 3.
Here are seven things we learned from watching “After Trek”:
1. Captain Georgiou May Return
While the conversation stayed relatively spoiler-free, there were a few minor bits of info dropped throughout the evening. The biggest clue, however, may not have been spoken. While executive producer Aaron Harberts and actor James Frain appeared in-studio, the majority of the cast and showrunner Akiva Goldsman had to appear via satellite from Toronto, because they had to be on set early the next morning. Among the cast were Martin-Green (Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly) and… Michelle Yeoh (Georgiou).
Wait, didn’t Captain Georgiou die aboard that Klingon ship while trying to take T’Kuvma prisoner? Saru couldn’t even detect any life signs to transport her! The most obvious answer would be that there are more Georgiou flashbacks to come, but since the show never actually showed Georgiou dying, she could still have survived somehow. Maybe Yeoh was just in town for this mini-reunion? But that seems unlikely.
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2. “Star Trek: Discovery” Is Currently Shooting Its Season Finale
Halberts revealed that he had just finished writing Episode 15 (in a 15-episode season) and that shooting will commence Monday. Ergo, Georgiou might be involved in the finale.
3. Sarek Will Have a Showdown
Frain, who plays Ambassador Sarek, said, “In the Vulcan code, there is a martial art form that is part of their training. And there may be a bit of a showdown between Sarek and another Vulcan. Vulcan on Vulcan action using that said martial art.”
This could mean that he’s using the discipline known as Suss Mahn, or he could be participating in koon-ut-kal-if-fee, the ritual fight to the death over a mate during pon farr. We know that Sarek is already with Amanda at this point, but he has been known to feel his oats before.
4. Romulans Are Personae Non Grata in “Discovery”
Although the Klingons appear to be set up as the main antagonists in “Discovery,” there’s a race that is far more hated at this point. Halberts said, “Romulan is a dirty word in the writers’ room right now because of where we are in the timeline. The sparks fly when the writers bring up the Romulans.”
“Discovery” takes place in 2256, which is still feeling the effects of the Earth-Romulan War just a century ago. It resulted in an area of neutral space between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire called the Romulan Neutral Zone.
5. Why the Premiere Was Its Own Story
“The structure of this show is different from others,” Harberts acknowledged. “You know, oftentimes you get to tell Michael Burnham’s story … in flashback throughout the season. But we wanted to do a prologue. We really wanted the audience to understand not only who this character is and who she thinks she’s going to be and how she thinks she’s going to fit into Starfleet, but we also wanted to build that relationship between Burnham and Georgiou so that we could then yank it away. We really did feel that needed two hours. And Episode 3… is what we consider our pilot.”
6. Diversity Isn’t Just for the Federation
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“Discovery” will really dig deep into Klingon culture and differentiate the look and point of view of the 24 houses, Harberts said.
“T’Kuvma’s message is one of uniting Klingons… behind a common enemy,” he said. “It was important to make them look different… with different skin colors. Voq is our version of a Klingon with albinism. We’ll be watching the war… how those different houses operate. I hope that people really embrace that Klingon story because it stands on its own.”
7. Get Ready for Gagh!
“After Trek” included a poll asking viewers if they’d rather fight or eat with a Klingon. While some people indicated they clearly had a death wish, others were more adventurous with their palates. Upon learning of this poll result, Harberts promised, “Wait until Episode 4. There may be a Klingon buffet coming up.”
Buffet sounds as if it could indicate a special occasion, which means, that would be a great time to bust out gagh, a Klingon delicacy of live worms.
New episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery” and “After Trek” will be available at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, respectively on Sundays on CBS All Access.