The question of whether we’d see Christopher Pike or Spock next season has been partially answered. Marvel’s Inhumans star Anson Mount has been cast in the role of Captain Pike.
During the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, the Discovery received a distress signal from another Federation starship. After a few seconds of anxious buildup, it is revealed that the ship in distress was none other than the USS Enterprise.
At this point in the Star Trek timeline, the Enterprise is commanded by Captain Christopher Pike. Spock, son of Ambassador Sarek (played by James Frain) is the ship’s science officer during this time. There have been no clues to Spock’s casting or whether the character will be seen at all.
The revelation that Sonequa Martin-Green’s character, Michael Burnham, is the adopted ward of Sarek surprised and angered a lot of fans. Her inclusion into the already well-established canon as Spock’s step-sister was a slap in the face to some fans.
Anson Mount will be just the fourth actor cast in the role of Captain Pike in Trek’s long history. The role was made famous by the late Jeffery Hunter in the original series pilot “The Cage”. Then by Sean Kenney as the disfigured form of Pike in “The Menagerie, Part I and II.”
In the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, veteran actor Bruce Greenwood assumed the role of the alternate version Captain Pike in that movie. Pike was killed off in the second film, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Now Mount, who played Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans for one season will be taking the center seat on the bridge of the Enterprise. His other TV credits include Crossroads, Smallville, Lost, Dollhouse, Straw Dogs and Hell on Wheels.
There is no information yet on how many episodes Pike and the Enterprise crew will be featured in. Earlier this month, the showrunners announced that Discovery‘s place in the current timeline would be explained.
Star Trek: Discovery broke ratings and subscriber records for CBS All-Access, the network’s fledgling streaming service.