Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2 and Picard Show News Roundtable!

It’s finally time for us to bring you our long-awaited Season 2 News and Picard Roundtable!!! Recorded on September 8th, Ruthie and I were joined by two past roundtable participants – Mark Des Cotes from Solo Talk Media, and Steve Brown of the Panels to Pixels Podcast, and two new participants – Mark Deal and Wes Huntington from The Minnesota Star Trek Nerd Podcast. This episode took a while to get released, due to some glitches that were encountered during the recording, some we didn’t know about at the time. More on that later.

We start with news…

We cover reaction about the former co-showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts being fired from the show for both budget concerns and abuse in the writers’ room, with the announcement of Alex Kurtzman being made the new showrunner and James Duff later made an executive producer and probable next showrunner. Then, we talk about the casting announcements of Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and, most recently, Ethan Peck as Spock.

Onto the trailer!!!

Most of us had seen the trailer (one exception… and you’ll have to listen to find out who hasn’t), but we talk about the trailer and our reactions to it. We also talk about what we would like to see in Season 2.

Jean-Luc Picard… Is Back!!!

We then spend a good deal of time discussing last month’s announcement at Star Trek Las Vegas that the next Star Trek series will be focused around Jean-Luc Picard. We discuss our reactions to the announcement, dissect some of what Patrick Stewart said about the show is and isn’t, and speculate what the show will be about. We also discuss what we think some of the other shows might be.

We finally get to some undiscussed feedback!!!

During our last roundtable, we decided not to cover a couple pieces of feedback that we didn’t have a chance to cover at the end of the season. Ruthie and I finally go through that feedback. We recorded that separately, so the other panelists do not participate during that section of the podcast.

We STILL didn’t cover EVERYTHING…

We decided not to cover the “Short Treks”, a series of four shorts covering a few short stories within the Star Trek: Discovery universe. On September 20th, CBS announced that the first of these Short Treks – a Tilly story called Runaway – would be released on October 4th, followed by shorts in November, December and January. We will definitely be covering that next time. A few days after we recorded, CBS CEO Les Moonves resigned amidst allegations of sexual harassment, and since he’s been the driving force behind CBS All Access, I’m sure we will have more to say about this next time. We also didn’t talk much about the existing characters, some of the people involved in the Picard show, like Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon, who also wrote one of the Short Treks, TNG cast talking about the Picard show, and I’m sure there’s more! We did cover a lot though!

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