When it was announced that CBS would once again visit the well and give us a new Star Trek series, it was welcome by many hard-core Trekkies. After all, it’s been 16 years since Star Trek: Voyager had gone off the air. While fans have had the Kelvin Universe films from JJ Abram’s Star Trek reboot and their subsequent sequels, there wasn’t anything on the small screen to hold us over. With the announcement of Star Trek: Discovery to not focus on a captain of a ship/space station for the first time, and the fact that it would be the first one that you had to pay for on CBS All Access, some fans were hesitant to embrace the new show. However, it won over the disbelievers as it was a hit with critics and fans.
The first season operated in a serialized format, dealing mostly with a war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, set years before Kirk and Spock were household names in the Federation. Centering on Science Specialist Lt. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the show sort of echoed Deep Space Nine, and showed the dark side of Star Trek, even threw in some f-bombs and sex for pay channels sake. The show also delved into the mirror universe, which was a great throwback for fans. While some of the twists and turns were pretty predictable, it was an overall enjoyable series. The final episode ended with a cliffhanger as the USS Discovery responded to a distress call from the USS Enterprise, the ship we all know and love. Since this timeline-wise is before Spock (even though they will probably run into Spock as he’s Michael’s half-brother), that means that they will deal with James T Kirk, but instead his mentor, Captain Christopher Pike, and it looks like they have just found their Captain Pike.
Entertainment Weekly announced that actor Anson Mount will be Captain Pike. Mount is most known for the lead roles in Hell on Wheels and Marvel’s Inhumans. His casting on Star Trek: Discovery all but ferments that Inhumans will not be returning (as it was deemed one of Marvel TV’s critical and commercial failures). Mount certainly has the look. He’ll be the fourth actor to play the legendary captain of the Enterprise as actors Jeffrey Hunter and Sean Kenney played the role in the Original Star Trek series, as well as Bruce Greenwood played the role in the Abrams’ Kelvin Universe Star Trek movies. With their Captain Pike found, Star Trek: Discovery will start filming for a planned 2019 release on the streaming platform.