Excited to see what the writers and artists behind Star Trek: Discovery have in store, but in the meantime I thought it was time to start to add crew members to my Discovery fan art. We don’t know what the ‘little talked about event’ is that surrounds the show but maybe it’s the Vulcanian Expedition. Hopefully we will find out soon!
We are delighted - if a bit baffled, though - to hear the calendar was a “ginormous smashing success,” to quote from your message. As per your request, we went through our archives to provide more pictures of Commander Spock.
Star Trek: Discovery: Doug Jones breaks silence on show's new alien
Who is this guy?
You know, that alien character in the above Star Trek: Discovery photo played by Doug Jones? As a representative of a totally new species in the world of Trek, this major character in the upcoming series been a total mystery — until now.
EW can reveal some basic details about this Starfleet Science Officer who was teased in the trailer as a being who can somehow sense approaching death.
“Doug Jones character plays Lt. Saru,” says writer-producer Aaron Harberts, who is showrunner on the upcoming CBS All Access drama along with Gretchen J. Berg. “What we can tell you that adds the context to that clip where he says he can sense the coming of death is that he comes from a planet where he’s a ‘prey species.’ He’s the first of his kind to make it to Starfleet.”
On Saru’s planet, there’s a dominant predator species that constantly imperils another weaker species called Kelpiens. As part of the latter group, Saru has evolved with heightened survival instincts. Such prey species tend to have a cowardly reputation in the Federation, but Saru should not be underestimated.
Jones is an ideal casting choice as he’s had a long career playing creatures and aliens of all sorts and sizes — you’ve seen him on screen many more times than you probably realize. The lanky 6’3? actor played Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as roles in many other films and TV shows. Jones is sort of like the Andy Serkis of practical makeup creatures.
“[Producers] said Saru is the Spock of the series, he’s the Data of the series — and those are beloved characters that I always connect with whenever I would watch the past incarnations of Star Trek,” said Jones, giving some details about his role for the first time. “On Falling Skies, I played an alien species who came to Earth to help the humans fight back the bad aliens who’d taken over, and I was intelligent, well-spoken, had a lot of answers and science-y smart. Saru is all of those things and then some.”
Jones and the rest of the Discovery cast will be on hand at the show’s debut Comic-Con panel, which will take place Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m. PT in Ballroom 20.
Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as a brilliant Starfleet First Officer — the first human educated on Vulcan — who’s forced to make an impossibly difficult decision which impacts the entire Federation. The series also stars Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, and Mary Wiseman.
The people of Twilar are a newly warp-capable species that has caught the eye of the Federation for more reasons beyond its planets’ deep, untouched mines and strategic placement along the border of the neutral zone. The Federation wants Twilar as an ally, but the people of Twilar have a very specific criteria for what makes a leadership team functional.
When Kirk and Spock make First Contact, they are immediately thrown into a globally broadcasted questionnaire competition which will decide whether of not the Twilar join the Federation.
Or, alternatively, Spock and Kirk play a high stakes version of The Newlywed Game.
Accused of treason and stranded on Vulcan, Cadet Jim Kirk is offered a solution to his problems: bond with Ambassador Sarek’s son, someone he has never met. When he finally meets his betrothed at the ceremony, the Vulcan’s face is disfigured by cruel scars. Now, penniless and trapped, Jim finds himself committed to a reclusive stranger with a dark past. Has he sealed his fate forever or is there hope for the two of them to find love?
Spock develops a sudden friendship with a mysterious guy, Jim, after Jim mistakenly calls him. They agree to only talk via communicator and not to reveal too much personal information as to keep their identities mysterious and the situation fun. After a while of flirty (and perhaps naughty) conversations, Leonard convinces Jim that they should just meet already. Spock agrees to meet, but has second thoughts when he arrives and sees how gorgeous Jim is. Spock doesn’t think Jim would still be attracted to him so he turns and leaves. Jim is not happy.
You and Leonard are lab partners in your Xenogeology class. You love the subject but he is indifferent and generally pretty bored with the dry (in his opinion) material.
“Rocks,” he often mutters. “Who the hell cares about rocks?”
Today, the two of you are sifting through sample of unidentified minerals from an earth-like planet in a nearby star system. Most of the rocks are the same as earth ones, and you’re encouraging Leonard to pick out ones he knows without your help, so he can get more practice.
“This one is calcite,” he says grumpily after a few minutes of sifting through and not finding anything he immediately recognizes. He holds up a clear, rectangular mineral for you to inspect,waiting for your verdict.
You take and examine the piece, and discover you can easily scratch it with your thumbnail.
“Nope, too soft,” you reply, handing it back and pointing at the nail mark. “What minerals do we usually see that are so easy to scratch?”
He thinks for a moment, turning it over in his hands.
“Evaporites… Halite, selenite, gypsum,” he recites as he remembers. You nod in agreement, gesturing for him to go on.
“Yup, so how can we tell between those three?” You ask him encouragingly.
He stares down at it, clearly trying to remember. You smile, about to suggest something, when he grins at you and raises the mineral towards his face. You realize what he’s about to do and open your mouth to stop him.
“Oh, Leonard, don’t–”
But he’s already brought it to his lips and given it a quick lick. You watch him,torn between exasperation and amusement, as he considers the taste of the mineral he’s just licked.
“It’s halite,” he declares, wiping the mineral and tossing it back into the bin. “Very salty.” He grins at you as your palm travels to and connects with your face, shaking your head at him.
“You know there’s actual diagnostic properties to use for identification, right?” You ask, trying not to laugh.
“Yup, and “salty taste” is one of them for halite, look,“ he says, pointing at the line in your lab manual. You sigh pointedly and he grins at you again.
"Never a dull moment with you, is there?” You chuckle, shoving him playfully.
He smiles and the rest of the lab passes quickly, with the two of you joking about licking other minerals to see what they are, much to the disapproval of your lab prof, who doesn’t appreciate the encouragement of licking the lab materials.
“Are you out of your corn-fed mind, Jim?” The words exploded from the CMOs mouth. You bit your lip to stop the giggle that had started to bubble when the captain had first spoke, and threatened to come out with the exclamation. You managed to turn it into a cough, but Leonard knew you better. “That’s enough from the peanut gallery, Y/N. Back to work.”
“You are, undoubtedly, the most competent doctor in the ‘fleet, Bones,” Jim argued.
“This says, and I quote, ‘because of Doctor McCoy’s obvious camera appeal -”
“You’re articulate, and intelligent,” Jim interrupted. Leonard raised an eyebrow and continued.
“Obvious camera appeal, incredible intellect and recent commendations, we feel he is the perfect choice for the Starfleet Science Division recruitment video. So they said intelligent twice, is that how you’re playing this, Jim?” Leonard paused, waiting for the captain to respond. Captain Kirk grinned at you and you felt your cheeks burn as you shook your head behind Leonard’s shoulder.
“Lieutenant Y/L/N, you think Bones is a good-looking man, don’t you?” Kirk asked. You felt the colour drain from your cheeks as Leonard turned to you.
“Jim, don’t be an ass, Y/N isn’t into men.” He leapt to your defence. Your own eyebrow raised at the comment.
“Uh, yeah I do,” you retorted, and suddenly felt the colour rising in your cheeks again. Leonard’s brow furrowed, and Captain Kirk looked like a cat who’d caught the proverbial canary.
“I’ve never once seen you with one,” Leonard countered.
“Because I’m single,” you retorted.
“We’ve been out here in this tin can for three years, you can’t possibly tell me you haven’t at least been tempted to hook up with someone,” Leonard scoffed. “Are you sure you’re into men?”
“Hard to hook up with someone who isn’t into you,” you muttered, and rolled your eyes. You met Leonard’s expectant gaze and sighed. “Yes, Leonard, I’m sure.”
“Now we’ve resolved that, good. Y/L/N, is Bones attractive?” The captain had a knowing grin and you felt just a little sick.
“Yes sir,” you nodded. Kirk’s grin grew.
“Do you think having him interviewed about Starfleet would increase enlistment?”
“Wouldn’t hurt.” You kept your answers short. Leonard scoffed and crossed his arms.
“Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a model!” He protested. “And who would honestly enlist after listening to me drone on about -”
“Y/L/N, I apologize for being so direct, but is Leonard the kind of man that women fantasize about?” Kirk interrupted right as Leonard was ramping up.
“Would you have an anonymous encounter with Bones?” Kirk asked. You wanted to melt into the floor.
“That’s hardly appropriate, Jim, she’s my charge nurse,” Leonard protested. “And she is my friend. You’re making this awkward.”
“Of course, Y/L/N, no need to respond, I’m sorry, I was out of line,” the captain apologized. You looked at Leonard, who looked embarrassed and broken, and back at Captain Kirk, who seemed to think the whole thing was wildly amusing - Leonard’s discomfort with the idea that he was handsome and desirable, and your obvious discomfort and utterly transparent feelings. And your heart hurt for your friend.
“No, I’ll answer,” you heard yourself say, and before you could stop yourself, you continued. “Leonard is exactly the kind of man I would have an unprofessional and inappropriate encounter with. I wouldn’t regret it for a minute. If I might use a phrase your Iowan background is familiar with, I would bang him like a screen door in a hurricane. And I think having him as the face of Starfleet Science Division is inspired and brilliant. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have work to do.” You moved as quickly as you could back to the far side of MedBay, and attended to your sole patient. Leonard kept his distance for the rest of the shift, and you progressively became less and less certain of your admission, and started to wonder if you would need to apply for a transfer. As you washed up before leaving, you got lost in thoughts of packing and transferring to another ship.
“I agreed to do the spot. But only if I could have my best nurse with me.” Leonard’s voice started you from your thoughts. You turned and leaned against the sink as you dried your hands.
“Good plan. Baxter is stunning as well, between the two of you -”
He clapped a hand on your shoulder and smiled. “Baxter’s cute, but whoever stands beside me is going to have to be bang like a screendoor in a hurricane material,” he winked. “I’ve told Jim that I’ll only do it if you do.”
“Oh.” You weren’t sure what else to say.
“But first, I’d like to investigate that inappropriate and unprofessional encounter you spoke about, since we’re both off-duty.”