It’s science-fiction time with this week’s Doddle Digest! We’ll be covering casting news fromStar Trek: Discovery, a final trailer forJurassic World: Fallen Kingdomand talk about the future of the franchise, and finally what we can look forward to inWestworld’ssecond season. Let’s dig right in!
Star Trek: Discovery
First off,TheInhumansstar Anson Mounthas been cast as Christopher Pike according toVariety. Originally played by Jeffrey Hunterin the unaired 1966 Star Trek pilot “The Cage”, the character was recast for the 2009Star Trekfilm and played by Bruce Greenwood.Star Trek: Discoveryteased the U.S.S. Enterprise in the last few seconds of the first season finale so it isn’t that surprising that they’ve cast a new actor.
Moreover, director Jonathan Frakes (who also played Commander William Riker inStar Trek: Generations) revealed that Spock will be appearing in the second episode of season two — but there’s a twist. Frakes spoke at the El Paso Comic Con (viaScienceFiction.com) where he revealed that a young Spock will be featured in a flashback, as part of Michael Burnham’s childhood. Considering thatDiscoverytakes place about a year after “The Cage” and that Spock served under Pike in the original pilot, not having the character appear on the bridge of the Enterprise in season two ofDiscoverybetter be explained somehow.
Up to this point they’ve been keeping the plot under wraps but this final trailer spells it out. It looks like there’s a dinosaur auction for most of the dinosaurs but it seems that Blue the raptor is needed to breed a new dino mutant.
Consequently, Jurassic Worlddirector andFallen KingdomproducerColin Trevorrow,who conceived these new films as a trilogy, has finally described what the third movie would be like. Here’s what he toldEntertainment Weekly:
If I could contextualize each film, I would say Jurassic World was an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was.
Trevorrow will helm the third film and it sounds a bit like he’s coming full circle with the third movie. It’s hard to even conceive whatTrevorrowhas planned for the final film without knowing ultimately whereFallen Kingdomgoes but I keep coming back to the idea of the abandonedJurassic Park 4idea which had a mutant military team of human/dinosaur commandos. I doubt that’s where they are actually going but the DNA of that unmade film still exists in these sequels.
Back in TV land, there’s some new revelations regarding HBO’sWestworld. The series is set to premiere in just a few days and we’re starting to learn more about what to expect. ShowrunnersJonathan NolanandLisa Joyrecently toldEntertainment Weeklythat we can expect some super-sized episodes. Here’s what they told the outlet:
The premiere is a little over 70 minutes. The fourth episode — which is one of my favorites — is a little longer than an hour. And the finale is just going to keep going and going — it’s a bit of an epic.
To be fair,Westworldis set to take the spot ofGame of Thronesas the latter series wraps up. HBO has done pretty well for itself when it comes to genre series, so it doesn’t come as a shock thatWestworldfollows theGame of Throneslead into having a fewer episodes that are increasingly longer, culminating in what could be a feature length season finale.
Ed Harrisalso spoke about his character in season two who seems to indicate that his character will be moving away from the more villainous role he played in season one. Here’s whatHarrissaid (viaIndieWire):
I see him as a protagonist actually, yes. Particularly this season. The maze is history. He’s on a whole other track this year, and I think the track that he’s on definitely makes him a protagonist. I’m worried about Season 3, to tell you the truth.
Even thoughRachel Evan Woods’character Dolores is the main character, William (aka The Man in Black) has a very interesting relationship with the park. Jimmi Simpsonwho played the younger version of the character in season one is returning so it will be interesting to see where the character goes both in the present and where he came from in the past.