For Sonequa Martin-Green, beaming aboard Star Trek: Discovery as first officer will be new and interesting for Trek fans and for her.
“Being the first officer on the ship is going to be a wild ride because we haven’t seen that happen before in the Star Trek canon, we haven’t seen the story be told from the perspective of the first officer rather than the captain,” she said. “It’s going to open up so much potential for new storylines because not being the captain automatically gives you a different perspective. It’s going to be a wild ride and everybody on board — in front of the camera and behind — I’ve been floored by the performances on The Walking Dead from the beginning and I’m going to be astounded again by the people we’ve got assembled on Star Trek. I’m really excited.”
“There’s definitely a lot of responsibility to being the lead of any show,” she said, speaking with TVLine. “And obviously to be the lead of this, [an offshoot of] one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television series of all-time…you can certainly get lost in it if you allow yourself to, and just sort of be frozen.”
Martin-Green is “swimming with the gratitude of it, and that’s carrying me through” any nerves, she said. “I’m still blinking to see, ‘Is this real? Oh my goodness.’
“But I hope that I can bear the weight, if you will, of this legacy and of this story, because I certainly want to do it justice.
“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier…and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”