“Discovery” To Be ‘Bigger and Grittier’ Trek

Coming off plaudits for her recent work in “The Walking Dead,” actress Sonequa Martin-Green has spoken about her next big challenge – as the lead character in CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery”.

This sixth official live-action series in the franchise famously marks the first one in which the ship’s captain isn’t the central star, rather its her character – first officer Lt. Commander Michael Burnham. The actress tells TV Line that the show aims to offer a grittier take on the Trek world.

“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon. It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey. Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain, to be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is reportedly to be heavily serialized from the get go, unlike previous shows which were mostly standalone or didn’t get heavily serialised until several seasons in. That said, the show’s darkest (and often best) storylines have been among the more serialized from DS9’s Dominion War to Enterprise’s Xindi arc.

In a separate interview, Martin-Green’s former co-star Andrew Lincoln tells Variety that he’d love to do a guest spot on the series to work with her again: “She’s an incredible personality with incredible grace and strength and tenacity. She’s a very impressive woman. She will be leading that starship with the same class and fortitude. That is going to be one happy spaceship. I’d love to beam myself up at some point in some kind of Greg Nicotero special effects makeup.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is still in the midst of production ahead of airing later this year.