At a mini-convention in upstate New York, Anson Mount revealed that Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery has been expanded by one episode.
It would appear that CBS has realized that when it comes to Star Trek, there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.
It has been revealed that the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which is set to debut next month, will see its episode count expanded by one for a total of 14. This isn’t the first time CBS has made such a decision as the first season of Discovery was also expanded from a planned 13 to an eventual 15 episodes.
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The information comes from Anson Mount, who is joining Discovery this season as the legendary Captain Christopher Pike, and reported by Trek Core.com. While making an appearance this past weekend at the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York the actor disclosed that production was going to extend until December 21 in Toronto, Canada to accommodate the additional episode.
In addition, Mount also discussed that fact that he had been involved with Discovery even before being cast as Captain Pike. He had been in the running for the role of Gabriel Lorca, which eventually went to Jason Isaacs instead. However, the producers were so impressed that when the role of Pike was being cast, they called Mount to see of he was interested.
Mount also talked about the upcoming season of Discovery and what fans can expect. While he was necessarily tight lipped about details, he did mention that the relationship between Pike and Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, will be at the core of the second year.
As for if viewers will see the Discovery version of the Enterprise during Season 2, which Pike is in command of, Mount was also very evasive, not giving a clear answer. However, when asked about the upcoming Picard series, he was more forthcoming, saying:
"“It is a brilliant idea… [fans will] be really pleased at how smart the concept is.”"
The addition of Captain Pike to Discovery has gotten plenty of Star Trek fans excited about the second season and what’s to come. With Spock also making an appearance, it would seem producers are really trying to firmly establish Discovery‘s place in the Star Trek timeline and where it fits in continuity. Which, if we’re being honest, has been up for a lot of debate among Trek fans ever since the show made its debut.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 arrives on January 17, 2019 on CBS All Access.