That sound you just heard was the heads of every Star Trek fan exploding as details of their new show dropped at Comic-Con.
Not least of which was the fact that Spock now has a stepsister, and she’s the star of the show.
Star Trek Discovery, premiering September, stars Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as First Officer Michael Burnham. But what wasn’t known until Martin-Green just announced it is that Burnham was raised by Sarek — a.k.a. Spock’s dad — played by James Frain.
“We’re aware that Spock’s stepsister is not canon,” said producer Alex Kurtzman. “Be patient with us.”
Meanwhile Jason Isaacs, who plays Captain Gabriel Lorca of the USS Discovery, teased the audience that in this PG-13 setting he was “not allowed to say that my Captain will probably be the most fucked up” of all the show’s Starship captains going back to Kirk. “He has a lot of rough edges,” Isaacs added.
And they’re not the only two notables on what is shaping up to be a very diverse crew. Anthony Rapp, an actor best known for Rent, revealed that his character would be the first openly gay officer in the TV iteration of Star Trek — and that his lover was another officer on the ship.
The show’s producers were at pains to point out the extent to which Discovery follows Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a utopian future.
“We’re trying to show how conflict is solved by peace,” executive producer Aaron Harberts said. “At the end of day it’s about understanding each other.”
As part of that ethos, the show’s bad guys — the Klingons — will be shown in a more positive light than ever before. “They’re not the thugs of the universe,” said producer Gretchen Berg.
Good news, Trekkies: they’ll be speaking Klingon with English subtitles.
As for online criticism of the show’s diversity, its star had a succinct response: