Discovery will be a series of firsts. It is the first series in the franchise where the main character is not the captain, it is the first officer. Lt. Commander Michael Burnham and being played by Sonequa Martian-Green. And as the actor recently revealed, it will also aim to have a grittier take on the long-running franchise.
Recently, Martian-Green spoke to TVLine about the series, and what audiences should expect:
“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon. 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.”
Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain, to be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling.”
Typically, because Star Trek is meant to be an ideal future, there is a hopeful tone to the various shows and films. Not that they haven’t turned dark at times. Main characters have been killed off in both the series and films. And sometimes the show has faced darker stories which have included the destruction of entire cultures.
In spite of the promised “grittier” storyline, Star Trek: Discovery still shows a progressive future, much as many of its predecessors have. Martin-Green is the first female African-American lead in a Star Trek series
Award-nominated actor Rainn Wilson has also joined the cast of Discovery as Harry Mudd.
Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced on Star Trek: The Original Series, is back!