The third season of Star Trek: Discovery is set to go into production this summer, but there are some characters that have just been confirmed as not returning, according to a new report.
Mount and Romijn not part of season 3
One of the biggest changes for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery was Anson Mount joining the cast as a series regular, stepping into the role of Captain Christopher Pike, the commander of the USS Enterprise before Kirk. The season premiere of Discovery featured Pike transferring from the out-of-commission Enterprise to take command of the USS Discovery, and making it his base of operations for his mission to research the red signals and Red Angel.
With the Red Angel arc expected to wrap up at the end of the season—and given that Pike has to return to the USS Enterprise to stick with canon—it should come as no surprise that Deadline is reporting that Anson Mount’s deal for the show was only for this season and he is not expected to return for the third. As noted by Deadline, showrunner Alex Kurtzman hinted at this at the TCA event in January saying: “the fact that we will synchronize with canon by the end of this season, that means we may see shades of where we all know Pike will end up.” Mount also hinted that he was one-season-and-done with the show back in January—a month after the second season wrapped—joking about being unemployed.
Anson Mount as Captain Pike in “Brother”
Deadline is also reporting that Rebecca Romijn—who has a recurring role as Number One, first officer of the USS Enterprise—also won’t be returning for the third season of Discovery. The report makes no mention of Ethan Peck, who stepped into the role of Spock, the science officer on the USS Enterprise, and also had a recurring role on the show this season. If Pike is to rejoin Number One and head off on the Enterprise, it makes sense that Spock would join them, but it’s also plausible the show could find a reason for Peck’s Spock to stick around, for a little while at least.
Anson Mount as Pike; Rebecca Romijn as Number One in “An Obol for Charon”
Of course, Mount’s Pike was stepping into a power vacuum on the USS Discovery left after season one’s commanding officer Gabriel Lorca (played by Jason Isaacs) was revealed to be an imposter from the Mirror Universe. In the season finale, the USS Discovery was on its way to Vulcan to pick up a new captain, who was never revealed. It’s possible this commanding officer is still waiting in the wings for Pike to finish his mission and finally step in.
Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca in “Lethe”
One reason the show may be setting up a dynamic with new captains each season is that, unlike in previous Trek shows, the focal character is not the captain. Discovery’s lead is Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), who is the chief science officer (and third in command) of the ship. This “lower decks” perspective was one of the key differences set up by co-creators Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. While it is possible the show may eventually slot Burnham into the captain’s chair, it is just as likely they will continue to explore the character’s journey to command in the third season.
Of course, this will open up the floor to debate and speculation over who will be in command of the USS Discovery in the third season. Will it be a new character, a known character, or is it time for Saru to get to take the chair officially, instead of just as subbing periodically as acting captain?
Doug Jones as Saru in “Context Is for Kings”
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