The premiere parties may be over, but we’ve still got more to bring you from Star Trek: Discovery‘s Hollywood roll-out on Tuesday night, continuing our coverage with four more interviews with the Discovery cast and crew!

Up first is Doug Jones who tells TrekCore’s Jim Moorhouse something we didn’t know about Saru’s changing eyes; second is Anthony Rapp who dives into his exploration of Star Trek novel fiction; executive producer Akiva Goldsman talks about going from fan to producer; lastly, on-screen doctor Wilson Cruz shares his thoughts about reuniting with Rapp after years of friendship.

IF YOU MISSED THEM: Be sure and check out our blue-carpet interviews with Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Ted Sullivan, and James Frain!

Keep coming back to TrekCore, as we’ve still got a lot more to come from our visit to the Star Trek: Discovery Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles!

  • GIBBS v2

    Someone beam Doug Jones a sandwich already!

    I love that dude but seriously worry about his health, he is so skinny!

    • My husband is built a lot like Doug Jones, and my husband eats all the time! People think he’s starving himself, but he eats plenty; he just has an incredible metabolism.

      • Quintillion Tesla

        I can’t believe Doug Jones is 57!

        • He doesn’t look anywhere near that in his promo pictures, it’s true. In the videos, though — the ones by Trek Core and Trek Movie that haven’t been tweaked to make everybody look as good as possible — he does look over 50. (And that’s okay, because he is. For that matter, so am I. :-D)

  • Quintillion Tesla

    WIlson Cruz basically got himself the role on the show by the sounds of it, lol!

    • SpaceCadet

      Must be nice to know the right people to do that! Whoopi Goldberg did the same thing on TNG.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Except successfully.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Was it by making casual racist remarks by any chance?

  • Quintillion Tesla

    Fascinating about Saru’s goat-eyes. I wondered why they changed it. I did like the alien pupils – not enough TREK species have different, alien-esque eyes, but I can understand why they changed it.

    • He said in the video why they changed it. The contact lenses wouldn’t stay still, so his pupils would move in a way that they weren’t supposed to, so it basically just didn’t work.

  • All of the time, attention, and love that’s being poured into this show has me incredibly excited and hopeful!

    • SpaceCadet

      I’m sure Saru will be or is at least being positioned as the breakout character. It’s usually the thoughtful alien/synthetic intelligence (Spock, Data) or prickly alien/synthetic intelligence (Odo, The Doctor) that become fan favorites.

      • And not just fan favorites but also the characters who best illuminate the human experience. It’s such an amusingly Trekkian thing that we best see ourselves through the lens of thoughtful aliens.

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I love the fact that Saru’s species is the prey species on their world, and yet he has overcome his people being hunted/downtrodden, etc. to joing Starfllet and become and officer – it essentially speaks to us all in that we as individuals have it within us to up beyond the circumstances and barriers that may hold us down.

          • That’s an excellent point, and I imagine it’s not that has not been lost on the writers. 🙂

            I can hear Kirk in my head, making a speech to Saru about how his ancestors may have been prey, but as a Starfleet officer, he is a protector, because his evolutionary past doesn’t control him. 🙂 (I know Kirk isn’t Saru’s captain, but I write TOS fan fiction, so the Kirk in my head takes every opportunity to speechify. :-D)

    • Pedro Ferreira

      His species can sense death…the show’s cancellation is coming…

      • SpaceCadet

        Try not to have a stroke when the show is renewed for another year. CBS All Access already reported a record number of new subscribers for yesterday, the past week, and the past month. 🙂

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Pirate Bay then?

  • Matthew Burns

    Doug Jones could be a new classic ‘legend’ in Star Trek. I have hardly even seen him as Saru… Jones just has that charisma and well spoken manner about him, that gives me reason to think that his character will be really good.

  • SpaceCadet

    I’m excited that we’ll have human characters that will actually be interesting, flaws and eccentricities and all. It’s bad for a dramatic series to have no conflict between the characters and it was Rick Berman’s mandate that the actors playing human characters on his shows play them as devoid of emotion as possible (according to Garrett Wang). Thank god we’ve moved away from that. Although it was endearing and refreshing for its era that TNG crew (and cast) was one big happy family.

    • mswood666

      While Berman was in charge he was simply following the rules that Roddenberry had set for humans and Starfleet of the 24th century and why it was so easy for the writers to focus on the non human characters for conflict. Stupid rule of course, but one that Roddenberry was absolutely set on (an yeah it was a stupid rule).

      • SpaceCadet

        Oh, I agree it was a bad rule and a pain for the writers, but like I mentioned for me personally, I didn’t mind with the TNG crew because they really came across like a family that got along and loved each other. And it is interesting that with DS9 there was a lot more interpersonal conflict including among the humans even though it was a Berman era show because he essentially stepped away to let others run that series. But with VOY and ENT you had absolutely boring bland human characters. It’s a raw deal for those actors too (aside from the nice steady paycheck).

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I have a feeling that we may see tremendous character arcs ala BABYLON 5, where characters that may have seemed villainous end up being heroic, or vice versa.

          We’ve seen some exceptional arcs in DS9, so I hope DSC continues that tradition, rather than the backward step of VOY.

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        Nope, it’s good not to have forced or trite and petty conflict in shows

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Oh skookums, did the vewy bad Berman take your toy box away?

  • Pedro Ferreira

    More press…more BS…