8:45am PT by Mike Bloom
'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2 Trailer Puts Spock in the Spotlight
Ever since the announcement of Ethan Peck as Spock, Star Trek: Discovery has made sure to make the Vulcan a focus. A new official trailer for the second season puts him front and center and reveals his role in a slowly unraveling mystery in the next group of episodes.
The New York Comic-Con trailer gave fans a first look at Discovery’s take on Spock. If his choice in facial hair doesn't show that things would be a bit different from Leonard Nimoy's iconic take, then his behavior in the clip certainly does. Though it shows the return of the infamous Vulcan neck pinch, the Spock fans are used to seeing is known for his trademark deadpan, derived from his Vulcan upbringing. Peck, on the other hand, brings some emotions to the typically logic-based being.
"You assume every burden is yours alone," he yells at his adopted sister, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), fury quaking in his voice. He slides to the other side of the emotional spectrum near the end of the trailer when he excitedly tells Capt. Pike (Anson Mount) with a smile, "We are riding into danger." Though an unexpected character choice, it could be that Spock becomes more emotionally fluid with his close relationships, which Discovery will surely explore throughout the coming season.
One could excuse some of his outbursts, considering the possible life-ending pressure he's under. Central to Discovery's second season is the mystery of the Red Angel, a figure that has taken space by storm, leaving seven red bursts in its wake. As the new crew works to explore the origin of the enigmatic being, it has already made first contact with one of the crewmembers. Spock, as he relays to Starfleet admiral Katrina Cornwell (Jayne Brook), experienced an apocalyptic vision from the Red Angel, and he curtly says, "Someone or something is going to end all sentient life in the galaxy."
The would-be perpetrator of this galactic genocide is unknown at the moment, though one key suspect could be Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh). A deleted scene in the season one finale inducted her as a new member of Section 31, the controversial and violent independent Federation security operation. Georgiou re-emerges on the Discovery clad in black to match her new insignia, impressing Pike. Not so keen on her appearance is Michael, who hopes that the former Terran empress' Mirror Universe tendencies don't get the best of her.
The trailer also reveals many more moments with Discovery's supporting characters. Included is Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and L'Rell (Mary Chieffo) taking on a pair of Klingons, showing that their efforts to ally the warrior race's houses may have been more tenuous than initially thought. On board the ship, a mysterious black smoky figure — shades of Lost — confronts several members of the crew, including Cmdr. Saru (Doug Jones) and Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman). In true Star Trek fashion, there looks to be more new tech after the proliferation of the mycelial network last season, courtesy of chief engineer Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp).
The season two trailer is below. Star Trek: Discovery returns Jan. 17 on CBS All Access.