In the latest Moments of Discovery video Sonequa Martin-Green talks about filming the emotional final scenes with Hannah Cheesman’s Airiam.
SPOILERS for “Project Daedalus” follow! If you haven’t seen it yet, fix that ASAP!
So it would seem that the bulk of Trek Nation is still trying to recover after last week’s emotionally taxing episode of Star Trek: Discovery titled “Project Daedalus.” The episode saw the crew of Discovery lose one of their own as something caused Commander Airiam to turn on her crew mates during an away mission and try to kill them. In order to save the rest of away team, Airiam is blasted out an airlock, but not before adding a few more mysteries to a season already filled with them.
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Having to say goodbye to any character is tough, but when that character has made such an impression on a fanbase like Hannah Cheesman and her portrayal of Commander Airiam did, the hurt can last for days.
And no, I haven’t been crying. You must be thinking of someone else.
That said, it is kind of comforting to know that it isn’t just the viewers who have to deal with trying to come to grips with the loss of a friend and awesome character. The cast and crew of Discovery also had a hard time dealing with the loss of Commander Airiam.
In the latest Moments of Discovery video, Sonequa Martin-Green talks about filming those final scenes with Cheesman and how taxing it was not just for the two of them but the entire crew.
"“We had such a good time doing it and we had a lot of stunts together which was really amazing, you know whenever two women can go at it.“It was a great experience. And there were a lot of tears but it was great. And I can only hope that it was the sendoff she deserves.”"
Cheesman has said that she would love to return to the show at some point in the future if she’s given the opportunity. Considering that Airiam did download her memories into the Discovery computer before going on the away mission, it could very well happen. How is another matter altogether, but the plot devise is there if the producers want to use it.
In the meantime, we’ll all have to get used to watching Star Trek: Discovery without our favorite “cybernetically augmented” character.
New episodes of Star Trek:Discovery air every Thursday on CBS All Access.