San Diego Comic Con – Star Trek Discovery Panel.

A couple of casual conversations and friends being excellent has meant that Sam attended San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Moonlighting as a roving reporter for TrekCore I was able to attend the Star Trek Discovery Press Panel and speak to some of the cast and crew.

Star Trek Discovery Panel SDCC

I flew into SDCC at warp speed Saturday morning. Unfortunately  I didn’t make it into the hall for the Discovery Panel hosted by Rainn Wilson who will play Harry Mudd. Those who made it in had been queuing since 6.30 am!

Soon after the panel in which they dropped this stunning trailer.

San Diego Comic Con went all phasers firing in promoting Star Trek Discovery (and rightly so!) with an exhibition showcasing props, costumes and set pieces for us to gawd over and admire/nitpick – depending which side of the neutral zone you sit on.

Star Trek Discovery Press Panel

Panelists in the press event included Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Jason Isaacs (Captain Lorca), Doug Jones (Saru), Shazad Latiff (Lt Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Lt Stamets) James Frain (Sarek), Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd) along with executive producers Gretch Berg, Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman, Aaron Harberts and Akiva Goldman from the creative department.

Doug Jones who plays Lt Saru also said he had sat in the chair as he is third in command of the USS Shenzhou.

The best moment was when a reporter recalled what an inspiration Nichelle Nicholls had been in the 60’s for representing black women. And although we never saw her take command (TAS excluded) it is bitter sweet to see Sonequa take that journey.

Sonequa got genuinely emotional describing her gratitude and appreciation on the role ahead of her. She has a true grasp of the nature and essence of Star Trek. In fact, I believe the entire cast and crew do.

One of the big shockers to be revealed was that Michael Burnham is Spock’s adoptive sister. (This tweet reports step-sister but it is in fact adoptive sister, same logic to canon applies though!)

There goes our theory that Burnham is Spock and Uhura’s child!


I was able to have the opportunity to speak to a few of the cast and crew. Unfortunately as this was a very last minute arrangement I didn’t have my recording equipment so it’s somewhat crude! Which seems to be our style now!

These interviews were in collaboration with Trekcore

SCOOP: Shazad Latif on DISCOVERY’s P.O.W. Survivor, Lt. Ash Tyler

James Frain on Inheriting the Role of ‘Sarek’ for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

Mary Wiseman on DISCOVERY’s Young Cadet, Sylvia Tilly

More to follow including more interviews and day 2 visit to the Star Trek Discovery exhibition and dealer stands.

SDCC is the start of the Con season coverage from Trekkie Girls with Carole and Sarah reporting from London Film and Comic Con next Saturday 28th and Sam at Star Trek Las Vegas 2nd – 5th August.

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