Star Trek and ST: Discovery fans were treated to great news at the recent San Diego Comic Con as it was revealed that Discovery will in fact now be featuring actor Anson Mount as the legendary Captain Christopher Pike in the upcoming second season of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery.
Here are the five most exciting reasons to watch Cpt. Pike in Discovery’s upcoming season:
1. Captain Pike will be featured in all 13 episodes of season 2.
In a recent interview with TrekMovie.com, Anson Mount was asked if his character will only be featured in a story arc or if he would be part of the greater second season, with Mount confirming that he is contracted for the entire season of 13 episodes as a member of the cast.
How much fun is it going to be for fans of Captain Pike to see Pike taking command of the USS Discovery as part of the main cast for at the very least the entire second season!?
2. The re-introduction of the classic uniforms
Comic-Con saw CBS introduce a ‘first look’ trailer for Discovery’s upcoming second season and the iconic and time-honored versions of the TOS classic uniform was clearly seen. Pike appeared in his now upgraded classic gold command tunic and black pants and we also saw at least two other officers in the classic red (Lt. Nhan) and blue (Lt. Connolly) uniforms alongside Saru (Doug Jones), Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Pike (Anson Mount).
3. Captain Pike’s first officer Number One will also be appearing in season 2.
Comic-Con also informed Trek fans that actress Rebecca Romijn will also be appearing in Discovery’s second season as Pike’s iconic first officer, Number One, as previously portrayed by the former first lady of all things Trek, Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
While speaking with ET, Romijn said, “When they fit me for that uniform, I was teary-eyed. Because (the show) was shot in the ’60’s, we’ve gone with a little bit of a ’60’s flair, which is great. And being there on set, there’s a ’60’s vibe on set. The production is amazing. Just walking through the stages up there, it’s gorgeous . . . really, really beautiful sets.”
4. Spock as Cpt. Pike’s science officer
CBS’s ‘first look’ trailer at this year’sComic-Conn also hinted at the presence of Spock to some extent within Discovery’s second season, although the extent to which we will see Spock and his level of interaction with the crew of the Discovery is still unknown.
However, there is a scene in the ‘first look’ trailer in which we seem to see Spock’s quarters as visited by his adopted sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). In his quarters we can see the iconic 3D chess set, a Vulcan lyre, and Vulcan ceremonial chimes. Likewise, there is also a scene in which Burnham can be seen touching Spock’s blue science tunic.
Likewise, Rebecca Romijn told ET that during some of the scenes shot with Anson Mount’s Cpt. Pike, Spock is indeed spoken about saying, “I’m working with Anson Mount, who plays an amazing Captain Pike, and we have discussed Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock has been a topic of conversation.”
5. Both Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn are fans of the original series!
When talking with TrekMovie and with ET respectfully, Mount and Romijn both revealed that they were fans of the original series as kids.
When asked if he was a Trekkie before taking on the role of Cpt. Pike Mount said, “Hell, yeah. I grew up on the original series in syndication. I saw every episode as a kid multiple times.”
So it seems clear that both Mount and Romijn will be bringing a little something extra to their new Star Trek roles in ways that will undoubtedly and hopefully translate into electrifying performances, which will help make season two of Star Trek: Discovery an amazing thirteen episodes!