Star Trek: Discovery revealed an action-packed second trailer at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Unlike the previous promo released in May — which used footage entirely culled from the show’s first episode — the new trailer includes content from several episodes in the first season.
The trailer has the first footage of Jason Isaacs’ Captain Gabriel Lorca in action and has a first look at Rainn Wilson’s con man character, Harry Mudd. The dialogue includes a major plot tease when Lorca accuses star Sonequa Martin-Green’s character, Michael Burnham, of being responsible for starting a war with the Klingons.
On the panel inside the San Diego Convention Center, Martin-Green revealed that Ambassador Sarek (James Frain), Spock’s father, is the surrogate parent to her character. While Isaacs was asked about how his Starfleet Captain differed from the ones who have come before. “He’s probably more f—ed up than any of them,” Isaacs said. “He’s a complicated guy for a complicated age. He’s a guy who’s born out of war and gives him a lot of sharp edges.”
Executive producer Akiva Goldsman tackled the backlash the show received from fans for its diverse casting and storylines. “It’s confusing because if you love science-fiction, then you love imaging yourself as something other,” Goldsman said. “And Star Trek is built around empathy. Its primary grammar is we see how we’re the same and accept each other’s differences and find common ground and love… [the reaction] spoke more to culturally what happens the Internet than Star Trek.”
The cast also revealed that My So-Called Life actor Wilson Cruz has been cast as a Starfleet officer on the Discovery, who is in a relationship with Anthony Rapp’s character Lt. Stamets (who is TV franchise’s first openly gay character). “I promise you we passionately believe in what we’re doing and we’ll honor what’s come before,” Rapp declared.
While Wilson, a longtime Trek fan who plays a relatively minor role on the show, took a moment to gush about what’s coming in the series. “[The writers] really went for it. They’re not paying it safe in any way shape or form. They’re going out there with character and intricacy and plot like we’ve never seen before [in Trek].”
Discovery stars Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as a brilliant Starfleet First Officer — the first human educated on Vulcan — who is 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.
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Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. 24 (first on CBS, then shifting to CBS All Access streaming service; Netflix internationally).