Tonight, the Calypso Star Trek: Short Treks episode will be released, and Aldis Hodge, who plays Craft in the short episode, describes Craft and his motivations.
“He’s just coming off fighting in a war for a number of years,” said Hodge. “He’s floating in space. Something happened to him. He was attacked. He’s almost at a point of death when he is located and saved by the U.S.S. Discovery.
“He’s brought on board, but he doesn’t understand what’s going on, where he is, how he is. He just wants to get back to what he knows, his reality. Through this experience he realizes that he’s the only one on the ship, and the ship itself, the AI has evolved so much to a point where there actually is a very specific personality there that he corresponds with. This AI on the ship is telling him all about this history that has transpired. Now, granted, we are one thousand years in the future from the universe we know, from the Star Trek: Discovery universe.”
“So, some of what Craft is going through may speak to where Discovery is about to go to. But, his only agenda is to get back home. His interaction with this ship AI, he realizes that this is the first source of human, or humane, interaction he’s had in a number of years, the first interaction that’s made him feel comfortable. He has to figure out what that means to him. He finally goes with his own gut feelings and emotions, battling between ‘How do I deal with this, and leave this?’ vs. ‘I want to get back to my family. Where do I go? Do I stay? Where do I find myself?'”
Hodge would love to return to Discovery if the opportunity arises. “Absolutely,” he said. “No question, I’m in there. I’m there. We’ve got to figure out what the war was. Now, I have no answer to this, but I want to know, and I want to know from the fans, after they see it, what do they think the war was? Who was the war with? Because we’re familiar with the war the Klingons have with them right now. Who could this war have been with? Did that Klingon War extend? Do they dominate the universe for a millennium? Who was Craft fighting with? That’s what I want to know.”