Tonight we bring you the first in our series of our Star Trek: Discovery Los Angeles premiere interviews with the cast and creative team behind the soon-to-debut series, recorded on site at the September 19 event!

Starting us off is actress Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), who tells TrekCore’s Jim Moorhouse about filming in Jordan for the premiere’s desert scenes; co-executive producer Ted Sullivan, from whom we try to steal some secrets for a potential second season; actress Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) talks about the relief that the show’s secrets can finally be revealed; and actor James Frain (Ambassador Sarek) speaks about taking on the Vulcan role and joining the Star Trek family.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Round 2 of our interviews from the premiere!

  • Cold Case Posse Supporter

    Here’s the Starship U.S.S. Discovery. Have a look.

    http://www.eaglemoss.com/en-us/sci-fi-fantasy/star-trek-discovery/

    • I like it. Good to have a unique profile for your hero ship. I think it’ll look good in motion too. Why don’t they have a front view?

      I remember how negative the reaction to the 1701-D was back in the 80s. Most ended up loving it.

      • Cold Case Posse Supporter

        I just don’t know about those extremely long nacelle. The ship is so long it seems it would be a nightmare maneuvering it in spacedock or an asteroid field.

    • I like it, but gods I love the Walker class

    • Thomas Elkins

      The Discovery gets uglier and uglier the more I see it. All of those views are just terrible. The Walker-class still looks great though. What is interesting about the Discovery, however, is the fact her class is unknown. Perhaps she really is a one off prototype?

      • In one of the shots you can see a Plate, people have been trying to make out the class, but its too blurry. Crossfield or something. It has a class name listed though

    • October_1985

      It’s not my favorite ship design, for sure. It may grow on me, but I find it pretty weird. I can live with the small saucer, but the super long nacelles look completely wrong for me. Also, I think they should have gone with the rounded red bussard collectors. It worked well in the NX-01 and it could have bring the ships closer to TOS ships. This nacelles look too close to the Enterprise E for my taste.

    • TUP

      It really is an odd looking ship. Maybe it will grow on me. I dig the Shenzhou a lot.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    So people involved in the show speak highly of it.

    Shocking

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      Do you have anything positive to say about anything? Ever?

      • prometheus59650

        I would say probably never and be able to prove it, but the troll keeps his Disqus history private.

        • SpaceCadet

          Look at the upside, we’re only subjected to his trolldom on these message boards and he’s not a family member or co-worker that we’re forced to interact with on a daily basis. :p

          • prometheus59650

            LOL

          • Pedro Ferreira

            At least Tom isn’t calling Roddenberry an SJW like a total noob.

          • SpaceCadet

            Looks like you’re fragile and your feelings are hurt but no name calling will change the fact that Roddenberry was the original SJW and he advocated social change by promoting diversity and equality among the races and the genders. 🙂

          • Pedro Ferreira

            That’s not being an SJW you idiot!

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Maybe he just doesn’t want you responding?

          • prometheus59650

            LOL.

            I’m already responding.

            And private histories are what trolls do.

            And yet another instance of your inability to post a cogent argument.

            I appreciate that you don’t disappoint.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            You always disappoint so no surprise there then. Ha, ha!

          • prometheus59650

            And people wonder why, as a general rule, I have no use for the human race.

            You at least always provide an answer I can point to.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Cool, go to another planet and live as an alien if you hate us so much (wink).

          • prometheus59650

            If only.

    • Someday you will unclench and just enjoy something. For your sake, I hope it’s soon.

    • October_1985

      Butthurt, the return

    • Guys, when you give him all this attention, that just makes him spew his
      negativity all the more. How about if we ignore trolls, instead?

      “Don’t feed the trolls” used to be a truism on the internet. Has this wisdom been lost? 🙂

      • mr joyce

        Well said…

        Shame that he’ll just keep on spewing his lies though

      • M33

        I have been saying this the entire time… for ALL parties involved!

      • Pedro Ferreira

        You are replying to the guy you are talking about behind his back. Fail…

    • Good, good. Let the hate flow through you.

      • mr joyce

        You should rename yourself to darth sidious :-p

    • The Science Fiction Oracle
  • I thought it was very cool that Ted Sullivan said the world NEEDS Star Trek right now. I think that shows that this is more than just one more gig for him, and that makes me hopeful.

    I loved the fan question that James Frain reported — “How do you feel about being this role for the rest of your life?” Yeah, starring in a Trek show isn’t like most roles. I remember that when Zachary Quinto met Leonard Nimoy for the first time, he reports that Leonard said to him, “Kid, you have NO idea what you’ve gotten yourself into.” 🙂

    I thought it was very generous of Mr. Frain to say that the thing he most looked forward to was for people to see Martin-Green’s performance; that speaks well of him.

    • SpaceCadet

      I think for an actor it’s a double-edged sword to be associated with Star Trek. On the one hand it’s a steady long-term paycheck, not just while the show is airing but years after with conventions and potential theatrical movies, and a huge built-in fan base. On the other hand, they’re either from then on typecast or it’ll be the height of their careers or both. There’s only a few notable exceptions, namely the leads like William Shatner and Patrick Stewart that are associated with other high-profile productions other than Star Trek. Still, it’s hard to make it as an actor so many would willingly sign up to be typecast!

      • The only thing that fomes close is being the Doctor. Once you have such a role, you are part of that legacy

      • Newdivide1701

        Not just Star Trek, but any popular role.

        The cast of Gilligan’s Island, Christopher Reeve, Adam West, a whole slew of actors and actresses trying to find ANY sort of work once their popularity comes and goes.

        I watched the documentary, “For The Love Of Spock” — it’s available on Netflix. Even though Leonard was getting a steady paycheck on Star Trek, he ensured that the money kept coming in by taking up other acting roles especially in theatre. That way that not only there was money in the bank, but it stayed in the bank.

        How often do you hear, “This guy was great in such in such, whatever happened to him?”

        But as we found out even with Leonard, it was the role of a lifetime.

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    • October_1985

      Except for the inevitable haters around, Trek fans take good care of the Trek people. Yes, it may be overwhelming, but I think it is also very rewarding. I’m fond of every cast member in a sense. I’m always looking what past Trek actors, directors and writers are up to, even if they weren’t my favorites. Case in point, last weekend I went to see American Made. I had seen the trailers and it looked really good (it is good), but later I learnt that Connor Trinneer was in it, and that made me look forward to it more (it is almost just a cameo, but it was fun and it is well cast in it).

      • Yeah, I bought Nichelle Nichols’ “Fly Me to the Moon,” even though I don’t actually listen to it, just to support her. She did a nice job with it, for a woman in her 80’s. 🙂

    • Pedro Ferreira

      What was he going to say? We don’t need Star Trek right now?

  • Andy Walmacher

    To hell with this show. The lead is so stupid she does not realize that Avery Brooks was the first black lead of a Star Trek show while she was in as Scotty would say – “DIAPERS”

    • SpaceCadet

      No. She has never said that. If so, prove it.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Prove Roddenberry is an SJW!

        • SpaceCadet

          It’s called Star Trek. Go watch it.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Star Trek isn’t SJW you numpty.

          • SpaceCadet

            Seems you can’t handle reality.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Do you mean where Gene Roddenberry is part of Antifa. Listen to yourself. You are embarrassing people around you.

    • Quintillion Tesla

      Where does she say that? And don’t point to that Independednt headline which DID make the mistake of stating that Sonequa is the first black lead of STAR TREK – that is not the actress’s fault.

      • mr joyce
        • Quintillion Tesla

          Okay, I stand corrected – I know there was a screengrab going around of the headline without the “female” part. Perhaps they corrected it, or perhaps the screengrab was mainpulated – either way it was being used to lambast Sonequa Martin Green wrongly.

          • mr joyce

            Definitely. And wrongly circulated on these message boards to present the lie as the truth. There’s a bunch of people on here spreading it too, to support their own poorly put together arguments.

            Also, notice how these same people never post links to support their claims.

            #Fakenews

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            The original article did state that she was the first black lead. They corrected it. It was either an oversight or an error from either Ms. Green, the author or the editor. I sincerely doubt, however, it was intentional.

          • mr joyce

            I never knew about that, it’s good they corrected it then, which they wouldn’t have done if it was intentional

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Absolutely. The idea that this was a malicious act against Avery Brooks is just ludicrous. Ms. Green seems aware of those who have come before her. It was, if her fault, probably just a slip of the tongue. I’m more inclined to believe that it was the website who posted the interview who made the mistake. As journalists, however, they should have owned up and apologized.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Thanks for that link SMG comes across like a total noob. The comments section is great.

    • Where sre you getting this stuff? Where did she cliam this?

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      Exactly, well said. And worse the media is repeating it, “first black lead in Star Trek!”

      • mr joyce

        No, not well said.. ‘First black FEMALE lead in star trek’.. there’s a difference

      • No, the obly place saying that is the same place that “quoted her” saying it. Everywhere else its black female lead

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        You are making stuff up again.

        • mr joyce

          #Fakenews

      • Pedro Ferreira

        To top it all off it’s left wing idiots The Independent so mainstream media will side with them definitely.

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      Sigh. You know, there are a lot of things that could have happened here. The original article of the writer didn’t quote her correctly. The editor didn’t fact check well enough. She made a genuine mistake. OR she intentionally overstated her importance to the Star Trek franchise.

      I sincerely doubt its that last one, but, come on, show a little grace. Like you’ve never made a mistake before.

      • Andy Walmacher

        I have made tons of mistakes, some whoppers…. but not during my primary career choice. I take it dead serious.

        SMG obviously does not. For heavens same, she only FIRST met Nichelle Nichols on the freaking blue carpet of the STD premier!!

        That means she did not visit or call or email Nichelle at all to thank her for paving the way for her, or for tips on how to handle her fans, how to respect the core meaning of Star Trek – nothing.

        I am adding this as proof SMG does not care about her elders as well.

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          Seriously? Wow. You’re entitled to your interpretation of events, of course. But I think you are unbelievably off base here. People make mistakes. Particularly when it comes to journalism, where you have serious deadlines that you are constantly pressured on. Journalists make mistakes all the time and they correct them.

          As for Nichelle, I don’t know the details of whatever contact they had prior to the premiere. And neither do you. Meeting someone for the first time does not indicate they’ve had no contact. Nichelle is also 84 years old and has been busy. Sonequa has been filming and doing press for a new series. It is possible that scheduling and, God forbid, health issues have kept the two apart?

          Nah, let’s ignore logic and choose to focus on the idea that everyone involved in Discovery is a terrible person. Because that makes sense.

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I hear the flap of men in white coats coming to take you away…

        • TUP

          So you know all the minutiae of your chosen profession? She’s an actor, not a Trek junkie. Probably a simple misspoken word. Relax.

          If that makes you not want to watch, then you have deeper issues with the actor.

        • Don’t watch it, sit in the corner with your old collection of TOS VHS tapes and pedantically grumble to yourself.

          The rest of us will be looking forward to seeing Sonequa in a new Star Trek without you.

        • Dude you are lost it and are reading too much into a clear misquote

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            He chooses to ignore that it was a misquote, because that limits his trolling here.

          • Did you get a bunch of your comments removed? I had a bunch of mine removed and for the life of me and not see what I said that called for it.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Looks like they removed some of his trolling posts, along with some of our responses to him.

          • That would explain it. I can see the ones of mine removed and I saw nothing even close to a violation I can think of.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Trolling again? Naughty aren’t you.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          “I have made tons of mistakes, some whoppers…. but not during my primary career choice. I take it dead serious.”

          I have no doubt that you are the king of developing disturbing video game porn characters that are pixel perfect. I mean, who wants to see a badly rendered butt cheek on their dream video game character?

      • Sge is on video correcting prople say sge is the first female lead, she knows shes not the first black lead either. Its a misquote

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          As is prone to happen.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      It’s a aisquote, Mensa.

      People have tried to correct you on this multiple times, but LIKE A POOR MARKSMAN, you keep missing the correction.

      Stop being so obtuse. You know it’s a misquote.

    • PJ

      He’d of never said that word in real life of course. Brits call them nappies.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Soylent Green did not do her research – confirmed!

  • SpaceCadet

    I think I spot Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) and Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) on the red carpet in the background of these interviews.

    I hope someone eventually asks Michelle Yeoh if she gets to use her martial arts skills on the series. I mean wouldn’t it be pretty bad ass to have a captain of a starship who can do that and take down some Klingons in hand-to-hand combat?

    Anyway, I hope the premiere gets some huge ratings numbers on Sunday. I know the powers that be are committed to the streaming platform but it would still be very nice to see at least this one traditional broadcast do well.

    • Andy Walmacher

      Casuals are NOT going to be paying for yet another streaming service. They are happy with Netflix, and some augment with Hulu.

      • SpaceCadet

        The questions then is whether there will be enough non-casuals like myself that will make this streaming service profitable enough for them to keep it going?

        • Andy Walmacher

          Bingo.

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          One of the things I think we need to take into consideration is: This is a relatively new streaming service. They have to build their viewer base and analysts will realize this won’t happen overnight. We also don’t know what metrics they will be taking into consideration. This isn’t like broadcast television and viewership alone doesn’t matter. There are other things they have to take into consideration.

          Likely, CBS and Netflix consider season one of Discovery to be a long-term investment. I would be surprised if that investment doesn’t continue through a second season. It might come in at half the budget of season one, but I don’t think we’re going to be rid of it for a little while.

        • mr joyce

          Definitely a mistake by cbs putting it on an exclusive platform so new and untested. Hopefully it somehow becomes a Netflix show worldwide and not just here in the UK

          • TUP

            Im sure CBS will be calling you to run their company.

          • mr joyce

            I hope so too, I could do with a new job lol

      • Eh for 6 bucks a month it can be totally worth it. I think it is anyhow, YMMV

        • Quintillion Tesla

          Yep. It still amazes when there are fans complaining about the six bucks per month when they will happily pay 20, 30, 50 bucks on some lame bit of memoribilia, yet they balk at paying around $1.50 for a brand new episode of TREK.

          • I can see an issue with not thinking all-access is much of a service. It really needs beefed up, however as you said its a minor charge. That is like what four 20 oz pops at a store? I mean most people waste 6 bucks a month. You can list issues with the service, but really a cost is not one of them.

          • TUP

            How much do the fans pay to go see a new Trek film in theatre?

          • Matthew Burns

            Yeah. Paying BBC licence fee is over £100… whats £6?

          • mr joyce

            £147 for the year for tv licence. If you get a monthly streaming service, at say £6 basic rate, that’s another £72 on top of that per year. For some People, that’s a big deal.

            I just depends how much you really want to see certain shows on each subscription I guess. Personally, it’s not so big a deal to me. I’ve got Amazon instant (for free through having their next day delivery yearly subscription) and netflix and i enjoy them both, and get very good usage out of them.

            But that’s just me

      • TUP

        If casuals will never pay then you’d literally have one streaming service, Netflix, and no others. Since many others exist, they are obviously attracting subs.

        • mr joyce

          Of course they’ll pay, it’s just risky putting it on something so new. The promotion of all access needs to be spot on. I reckon it will be a bigger hit outside of North America anyway, where most people have Netflix. But of course, that’s just what I think. I could be wrong of course, in this case, I hope I am

          • TUP

            For sure. its a risk to a degree. Keep in mind CBS changed strategies. originally they were pulling everything from Netflix to make All Access the exclusive home of Star Trek.

            But they changed their minds and made that deal with Netflix that funded the show. Which is smart. So on one hand, they are using Star Trek, almost as a loss leader to juice All Access but in this case Netflix is paying the bill. Even if they lost money on Discovery, they would have a built in threshold for losses as an investment in the streaming service.

            Much like Netflix is going $20 billion in debt to develop lots of new original programming. So the investment CBS has made thus far is a drop in the bucket comparatively.

            And their expected return is a drop in the bucket too. I think Enterprise drew 12 million viewers for its premiere. Even Orville had 8 million. All Access has something like 2 million subs and they want to grow it to 4 million in time which, I believe is what HBO’s OTT service has.

            So they have patience. And if they dont, or they change their minds, there is a built in safety net if they think Discovery is good – 1) Netflix (assuming its a popular series there) 2) Their own properties.

            CBS said that multiple services wanted to develop a new Trek series. So if they pulled the plug on All Access tomorrow and put Discovery up for bids, they’d have many suiters (again, assuming the show is good).

            But CBS *seems* determined to take their time with All Access. Certainly they are not spending $20 billion like Netflix to speed out original programming (and they dont have Netflix’ 100 million subs either). So they have to be willing to experience short term pain for long term gain.

            And as long as Netflix is paying the bills, the pain is pretty mild. And the good thing for fans is, while CBS is developing the series and wants it to be good, having Netflix as a partner creates another perspective as far as “notes”.

            And Netflix has very detailed data that tells them what sells in Star Trek. If they are willing to share that with CBS as part of the creative process, then they can dial into what they believe fans want to see.

          • mr joyce

            in the words of ‘Tom Cruise Never Phones It In’…

            very very well said 😀

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        How would you know what “casuals” prefer or what their habits are?

        Now, given your expertise, if you want to talk about the streaming preferences of 18-25 years old dudes without real jobs, who still live in their parent’s house, and whose ideal date is 7 hours of Call of Duty, following by a nightcap of surfing youporn, I’m all ears? 😉

    • Matthew Burns

      CBS obviously feel they can get a larger audience with streaming compared with cable and traditional TV. This show will be more heavily targetted at people about 18 to 35 I am guessing. People in that category are the biggest crowd going into streaming. Those over 45 I less inclined to stream, although many do! My Mum does! She loves it, and she is 46!

      • SpaceCadet

        I don’t think CBS expects to get a larger audience through streaming compared to broadcast/cable TV. I believe their expectation is that they will actually get lower viewing numbers. But that’s not what matters to them – rather, it’s profit margin by totally owning their own streaming platform (in the U.S. anyway) and they feel a new Star Trek series is the perfect vehicle to drive subscriptions to their service. So I don’t think it’s ratings that matter much to them as it is the number of people signing up for All Access and the amount of revenue generated from that. It’s the same way with other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

        • Matthew Burns

          I look back at Star Trek Enterprise, which was cancelled in 2005. That show was cancelled, if I am correct in thinking this, because of poor ratings. Ratings apparently were falling overall, season on season for the original broadcast episode.

          Enterprise was a show on a Network, was it not? If the ratings are not increasing, or at least steady, then somehow down the line, that will hit the profit and revenue for Paramount, who were the studio who produced Enterprise. I think this means that the show is costing more to make than it is generating money for Paramount.

          CBS I think may at least be factoring in the failure of Enterprise on traditional TV in terms of its falling ratings from day one. They probably believe that Discovery will find more of its younger audiences, which is the main target with this show, in streaming.

          Traditional TV is changing a lot. We now have Catch up TV. We have recording programs, which I use a lot myself. Ll

          Less people are watching TV shows, by appointment, these days…. We now Record, Catch up, and Stream.

  • Good set of interviews. I think Ted Sullivan is spot on about Star Trek

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  • Andy Walmacher

    What does SMG have against Avery Brooks? Why does she disrespect him so much?

    • M33

      Perhaps because he was arrested for drunk driving.

    • Quintillion Tesla

      What are you smoking?

    • PJ

      I don’t think she has anything against him. He’s so batshit crazy though I wouldn’t blame her if she did.

    • You repeat this even after you have been corrected on this

    • Slybrarian

      With all respect to Avery Brooks, he starred in a show about a science fiction author going slowly crazy, not a Star Trek show. 😉