Season One of Star Trek: Discovery is complete and now as fans evaluate the finale and speculate on the second season, which will air next year, several Trek producers explain the finale and provide hints as to what to expect in Season Two. Expect spoilers, of course.
Appearing on After Trek last night, Alex Kurtzman told fans that “the whole season was reverse-engineered from knowing at the beginning where we wanted to end. For Sonequa’s arc and the bridge crew coming together as a family and knowing the Enterprise was going to show up as the last frame, because obviously we owe the audience some answers to the question of ‘Why has Spock never mentioned his half-sister before.’ The Enterprise promises answers to that question.”
Speaking of the Enterprise, Aaron Harberts explained why the iconic starship was introduced now. “…it seemed like we were gonna be running into the timeline and the time period of The Original Series,” he said. “The more we thought about that…it became more and more apparent that those two ships existed at the same time. And the more that we realized oh, obviously Burnham and Sarek have a relationship, and Sarek has a relationship with Spock, and that ship that he’s on is out there, from very, very early on we knew [we’d bring in the Enterprise] probably because people would be wondering about it, and wanting [us] to. Like, there’s no real…it’s provocative for us too, so let’s just get there, and tell those stories.”
“…The Enterprise will play a part of Season 2 but it will absolutely not overshadow Discovery,” said Kurtzman. “And I think with Enterprise’s arrival in the finale we recognize that the audience has a lot of questions about our synchronicity with the original series, which really means or synchronicity with canon. So the promise of the Enterprise holds the answers to a lot of those questions, including Spock’s relationship with his half-sister who he’s never mentioned.”
Does this mean Spock will show up at some point next season? “[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,” said Harberts. “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.”
And finally, back to that green spore that landed on Tilly a few episodes ago in What’s Past is Prologue. “I think that fans should be thinking about what landed on Tilly,” said Harberts.