407 – Borg to be Wild | Priority One: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

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This week, we’re Trekking Out Tig Notaro’s appearance on The Late Show. Then we head to Twitter for a few interview shorts, and Alex Kurtzman gives TV Insider a look into the future of Discovery.

COMMUNITY QUESTION: Do you want Discovery season 2 to be a Borg origin story?

Trek It Out

by Jake Morgan

Tig Notaro On the Late Show With Stephen Colbert

With only three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 left, you may be wondering “Will we see Jett Reno again this season?”. The short answer: Yes.

Making an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedian-Actress Tig Notaro talked a bit about being an unknowing seatmate with Colbert, her children’s terrible twos, and Star Trek, as well as showing off a clip from an upcoming episode of Discovery. Not much was said about the clip, other than it took place in Sickbay, but it proves Notaro will be back – and she hasn’t lost her edge.

Alan Van Sprang Talks Stunts with Michelle Yeoh

If you’ve seen this week’s Star Trek Discovery, you’ll likely have noticed the fight scene between Michelle Yeoh and Alan Van Sprang. It’s epicness was not lost on Van Sprang, who discussed the experience in a Star Trek Discovery Twitter short: “It’s intimidating…But you’re safe, because Michelle…knows distance and knows how to fight…and when she’s kicking, her feet are going over my 6 foot frame easily…but it’s extraordinary and she is such a great teacher that I feel really safe with her.”

Kurtzman and Van Sprang Discuss Control

In another Twitter short, Alex Kurtzman and Alan Van Sprang talk about Control – what motivates it and the challenge of portraying it.

In regards to its motivation, Kurtzman said, “In its analysis, it…realizes that organic life and human and alien inability to…fully come together is inefficient, and that the best way to proceed is to eliminate all organic life. It won’t be reliant on anything that we organic creatures need, and it will be an evolutionary step.”

Van Sprang, who plays Section 31 Director Leland, talks about the challenge that goes with playing AI. “Doing the AI is a little more difficult. Because when you’re given an amount of dialogue and you can’t be human about it you just have to say it straightforward, and it’s just all facts to a computer, basically.”

Alex Kurtzman on Pike, Number One, and Cameos

More from Alex Kurtzman: the Star Trek showrunner sat down with TV Insider to discuss the future of Star Trek. Kurtzman confirmed the return of Number One, saying, “Yes. We saw her this season and she is coming back.” He also teased the future of Pike, telling the website, “So, if you know what happened to Pike, you’ll see shades of that, however not in the ways that you expect.”

Finally, Kurtzman was asked about cameos, including The Original Series Stars William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols. “We would love to do that. When we brought Leonard into [Star Trek] it was because the story literally could not be told without him. So, there was a very specific reason for him to be there. When you bring a beloved actor and beloved character back it has to be for an equally necessary reason. It can’t be just to throw them into a scene because then it’s random fan service and people don’t like that. But anything’s possible, always in the world of Star Trek anything is possible.”

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