“A Comic-Con Star Trek panel is hailing us, Captain.”
Yes, for the first time in 51 years, San Diego Comic-Con is bypassing a physical convention and beaming directly into the homes of fans. Coronavirus concerns made mounting the annual celebration of comics, movies, TV, and cosplay an impossibility, but the event planners behind SDCC figured out the next best thing: Five days of livestream panels and talent interviews conducted over Zoom-like calls. It’s not quite Star Trek-level sci-fi, but it’ll do to bring fans new looks at Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and whatever surprises creator Alex Kurtzman has planned for the franchise’s big Comic-Con moment, which streams at starting at 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. EST.
Kurtzman and producer Heather Kadin are expected to be on hand for the Thursday event to tease what’s in the works in CBS’s ever-expanding franchise, which for now remains exclusive to the CBS All Access streaming platform.
On top of any reveals, the panel will include a table read of the season two finale “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.” Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Tig Notaro (Commander Jett Reno), Alan Van Sprang (Captain Leland), Jayne Brook (Admiral Katrina Cornwall), Emily Coutts (Lt. Detmer), Oyin Oladejo (Lt. J.G. Owosekun), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Lt. Rhys), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Lt. J.G. Bryce), Sara Mitich (Lt. Nilsson), plus upcoming Star Trek: Strange New World stars Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One), and Ethan Peck (Spock), along with Star Trek: Discovery executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise and director Olatunde Osunsanmi, are all expected to appear for the performance — and maybe tell us a little of what happens after season 2’s major cliffhanger.
Also appearing on the virtual panel are Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Isa Briones (Dahj/Soji), Evan Evagora (Elnor), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), and Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal Rios) along with special guest stars Brent Spiner (Data/Dr. Soong), Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi). If season 2 announcements are in order, we’re also crossing our fingers for a Whoopi Goldberg appearance.
Finally, the panel will round out with a first look and discussion about the new Star Trek animated series Lower Decks. Creator Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites) will lead a discussion with the cast in anticipation of the show’s Aug. 6 debut on CBS All Access.