This is official: For the first time this century, Lieutenant Spock will appear in a new episode of a TV show from Star Trek
Spock appears in the second season of Star Trek Discovery, executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed at San Diego Comic Con.
A question mark hovered over the potential appearance of Spock in the show since the end of Season 1. In his last minutes, out of nowhere, the Discovery encounter a distress signal from the USS Enterprise – commissioned by Christopher Pike, the predecessor of Captain James T. Kirk.
Given Discovery Chronology – it is set 10 years before the original series Star Trek – the fans immediately knew that Spock should be used on the Enterprise at that time the. The fact that Sarek, Spock's father, was on board Discovery at the time of the Enterprise cliffhanger raised a few more eyebrows.
But do producers dare to go there – or just give us an episode in which Spock is on vacation from the Enterprise? (In the trailer, Pike says he's on a hunt for mysterious signals, so much is Spock!)
The staging is not an easy choice. Spock is easily the most beloved character in Star Trek fandom, and was famed by Leonard Nimoy in the original series (which ended in 1969) and many subsequent movies. If it's not for a brief appearance in a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation it would be the first Spock TV in 50 years.
Nimoy died in 2015 at the age of 83.
Only one other actor played a character named Spock: Zachary Quinto, in the trio of Star Trek reboot movies by J.J. Abrams. Even then, Abrams and the writers were careful to point out that it was a Spock of another chronology. Nimoy was a railroader as a transdimensional ambassador. It was clearly a Spock who passed the baton to another.
Such reassurance is not possible in Star Trek Discovery . No ad on the casting was made in the panel, either. Either the producers are trying to make a CGI version of Nimoy, pony to get a cameo from the movie star Quinto, or they go with an untested new lookalike newcomer. No matter, they risk being saved by a passionate fan base.
It is also possible that Kurtzman simply refers to childhood Spock, seen in flashback. Lieutenant Michael Burnham, raised by Sarek, would have had ample opportunity to meet his kind of brother. We have already seen some flashbacks from Burnham to his childhood on Vulcan.
Director Jonathan Frakes, a.k.a Will Riker in Next Generation confirmed in April that we will see the Spock child flashback this season.
Whatever Spock we are talking about, many Star Trek fans have not had time to ask such questions in the midst of their sobbing ecstasy.
We will discover in January 2019 how the producers worked well. Meanwhile, Kurtzman has announced that a series of autonomous TV movies will come out with Discovery characters in December 2018.
Let's just hope we all live long enough and that we will prosper enough to go that far.