Star Trek: The Next Generation alum and director, Jonathan Frakes confirmed to fans at El Paso Comic Con that we will be see James Kirk’s future first officer on Star Trek: Discovery, but not the way they might hope.
— Justin Oser (@trekfan4747) April 14, 2018
Frakes, who directed an episode of the CBS All-Access series in the first season, will be directing the second and tenth episodes of the upcoming season.
Frakes likely underwhelmed fans saying it would not be an adult Spock (originally played by Leonard Nimoy) they’ll see, but rather an even younger version of the character shown in flashbacks.
The flashbacks will involve him and his adopted sister, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the protagonist of Discovery.
Since Burnham is consider part of the primary timeline, how will their relationship be defined? Those who have followed the franchise know Spock never mentioned his sister in his adventures with the Enterprise. We know Spock is the biological child of Vulcan, Sarek and human, Amanda Greyson. Burnham was a human child adopted and raised on Vulcan facing the adversity of being an outsider.
While we have seen Spock wrestle with his humanity from Star Trek: The Original Series and the J. J. Abrams’ Kelvin universe timeline films, could Burnham be the factor as to why Spock leans more heavily to his Vulcan side?
It’s possible Zachary Quinto could reprise the role from the Kelvin universe films, but it may far more likely an even younger actor could take the spot.