The production team behind Star Trek: Discovery has kept details of the upcoming season two sparse, but CBS announced one new key addition to the cast in a familiar role with Anson Mount.
Mount, who was recently seen in the critically panned Inhumans for ABC, joins Discovery as Christopher Pike, the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise before James T. Kirk, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The role was originally played by the late Jeffrey Hunter and Sean Kenney on Star Trek: The Original Series and Bruce Greenwood for J.J. Abrams’ two Star Trek films set in the Kelvinverse with 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Hunter played the role in the unaired pilot, “The Cage” before the captain’s role was changed to Kirk and recast to William Shatner. Footage from the pilot was later repurposed for “The Menagerie” with Sean Kenney playing Pike in his disabled state.
Season one ended on a cliffhanger with the U.S.S. Discovery responding to a distress signal from the iconic Starfleet ship. Only one name was identified at the episode’s conclusion, Christopher Pike.
Not much else is known, but in January’s TCA, co-showrunner Aaron Harberts said, “The second season is not a war season…we are very interested in tackling themes of science versus faith. We’ll be nine years before [Star Trek: The Original Series] and there are things from TOS that we want to do some nods to.”
The season two premiere will take place two years after the events of “The Cage” according to the showrunners.
The question now becomes who else will we see on the Enterprise when the show picks up again? Will the first officer be female as it was in the original pilot? Majel Barrett Roddenberry played “No. 1” in the episode. The captain calling his/her first officer “No.1” would be a Star Trek staple most famously used on Star Trek: The Next Generation based off an old maritime tradition. Will we also see the show’s version of Spock? Will he be recast or do you see Zachary Quinto from making his return to the franchise for the show?
Star Trek: Discovery, which airs on CBS All Access streaming service, has no confirmed return date for the second season.