We Finally have it, the new lead character of Star Trek: Discovery is Sonequa Martin-Green of AMC – Walking Dead aka Sasha.
And she will be playing Number One of the U.S.S. Discovery (Lieutenant Commander), but is she the same Number One from TOS ????
The Return Of Number One
Number One is a little-known yet much-loved character from Star Trek lore. Barrett’s character initially appeared in the unaired Star Trek pilot episode, featuring Christopher Pike as captain, Number One as the first officer, and Spock as the chief science officer. NBC didn’t respond well to either Spock or Number One, and Gene Roddenberry compromised, axing Number One but fighting to keep Spock — a wise choice, as he would become one of the most iconic parts of the franchise. Barrett went on to play Nurse Christine Chapel in The Original Series and Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation, as well as voicing the Starfleet computer.
Although she was cut from the show, as the first female first officer in Star Trek Number One nonetheless has a certain cult status — and she did briefly appear in The Original Series episode “The Menagerie” as part of a flashback sequence set aboard the USS Enterprise thirteen years previously, which incorporated her scenes from the unaired pilot.
Although it hasn’t been officially been confirmed, we may know whether Discovery’s Number One is the same one from The Original Series, thanks to a crafty hint from The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple:
“Sonequa Martin-Green can do anything… She can fulfill the duties of a Lieutenant Commander on a Constitution-class starship whilst battling walkers, Saviors, and whatever gets in Sasha’s way. We’ve had to juggle before. I will certainly juggle for Star Trek any day of the week. Okay, maybe not on Sunday.”
Although this looks like a mere passing comment, Gimple’s statement contains a huge clue about Discovery’s plot because, and here’s the kicker — the USS Discovery is not a Constitution-class starship. But the USS Enterprise is.
“The Menagerie” flashback scenes are set thirteen years before the events of The Original Series — and just three years before Star Trek: Discovery. So it seems likely that the new show will tell the story of what Number One did after she served under Pike on the USS Enterprise, bridging the gap between “The Menagerie” and The Original Series — and making Discovery a neat homage to Roddenberry’s original plan for Star Trek.
Number One refuses a promotion in ‘Early Voyages’. [Credit: IDW]