In a new series of mini-interviews this week, CBS has profiled five of the frequently-seen cast members of the Star Trek: Discovery bridge crew you are likely to have noticed during the first half of the season.

There’s nothing new revealed about the characters they play — save for confirmation of name spelling and Starfleet ranks — these little profiles do come with nice set photos of each cast member along with some anecdotes from each actors’ time on the set.

Sara Mitich as Lt. Commander Airiam, the USS Discovery’s Spore Drive ops officer

A favorite moment from the set: 

One of the many laughing fits we all fell into in between takes. I can’t remember who set us off this particular time—maybe one of Doug [Jones’] dance sequences as Saru or the amazing poses he’d strike across the Captain’s chair—but I’d end up laughing so hard, I’d have to press my fingers to the edges of my lips, trying even harder not to laugh (which always makes it worse!) so the prosthetic wouldn’t rip or fall off!

I couldn’t plug my ears because of the helmet, so I couldn’t tune out everyone else laughing their heads off. Eventually I had to walk away and meditate through the giggle fits happening inside my body.

Oyin Oladejo as Lieutentant j.g. Joann Owosekun, Ops officer

On keeping her casting secret:

I came on board after the show was announced, though we were not allowed to reveal that we were in it. And since I wasn’t that active on social media at that time, it wasn’t difficult at all. However, to my close friends and family, it was excruciating.

Emily Coutts as Lieutenant Keyla Detmer, Conn officer

A favorite moment from the set:

We dreamt up a Discovery musical one day on set of the Shenzhou. A few of our songs were “We’re Locked On,” “I Could Be Captain One Day,” and we also had a sweet Kelpien ballad for Doug [Jones].

When you’re in hour 16 you start to become delusional and that’s when the fun begins.

Patrick Kwok-Choon as Lieutenant Rhys, Tactical officer

A favorite moment from the set:

Crew Appreciation Day! It’s a ritual that began on set this season. Every day before we set up the first shot, the cast and crew gathers together on the bridge of the Discovery.

A member of the crew is selected to wear the honorary “Crew Appreciation Day” vest, which is pretty much a reflective construction safety vest with an enormous amount of pins, badges, and other accouterments added by previous honorees. It’s a chance to celebrate what each individual brings to the table to produce our amazing show.

Ronnie Rowe, Jr., as Lieutenant B.A. Bryce, Communications officer

Favorite Trek series: The Next Generation – and now Discovery.

Favorite Trek captain: Jean-Luc Picard.

On keeping his casting secret: I’m pretty low-key, but for this role it was tough because of the history behind it.

You can read the full interviews at CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery page, and the full-sized character photographs can be seen in our Discovery image gallery.

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In another bit of hiatus-filling content, CBS has also put out this video detailing the evolution of the Star Trek: Discovery logo from its debut in early 2016 through the final version now familiar to us all.

Keep coming back to TrekCore as Star Trek: Discovery returns on January 7!

Novel #1:
"Desperate Hours"


Novel #2:
"Drastic Measures"


Novel #3:
"Fear Itself"


  • Nowhereman10

    Awwww, I thought we’d get some backstory on the characters themselves.

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  • SpaceCadet

    I think it would be cool if we got a reverse “Lower Decks” episode where we saw for once the perspectives of the senior staff on an important mission and occasionally break away to see how clueless and in the dark our main cast junior officers are (Burnham, Tilly, etc.).

  • pittrek

    I hope that they will transform them from tokens to actual characters

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  • Luc Delbaen

    I’ve been a trekkie since forever. I’ve given this new series a chance for the complete season, but damn, it’s terrible. It makes no sense against the previous series and all movies. Unclear where it’s situated in the timeline. Story lines are bad, no respect for history of all previous series and movies.

    • Space Gaz

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    • Jack Burton

      The simple truth is…this isn’t Star Trek. I completely reject it as canon and hold it in the lowest regard. Sad times. Thoughtful Trek, that respects the past but carries on the optimism for the future with depicting a leveled up humanity exploring our potentials and space in peace may never come to screens again.

      • Space Gaz

        I sure hope you are wrong Jack. I gave up on Discovery after 5 episodes. I just couldn’t force myself to endure it any longer.

    • TUP

      How can it be unclear where it is in the timeline when they’ve explicitly said when it takes place? Weird.