Sonequa Martin-Green Star Trek

Star Trek Lead Sonequa Martin-Green Hints at 'Rawer, Grittier' Discovery

As the lead of Star Trek: Discovery, Sonequa Martin-Green knows that the pressure is on.

“There’s definitely a lot of responsibility to being the lead of any show,” she tells TVLine, “and obviously to be the lead of this, [an offshoot of] one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television series of all-time… you can certainly get lost in it if you allow yourself to, and just sort of be frozen.”

Instead, the Walking Dead vet — who’s starring as First Officer Michael Burnham on the CBS All Access revival — is “swimming with the gratitude of it, and that’s carrying me through” any nerves, she says. “I’m still blinking to see, ‘Is this real? Oh my goodness.’

“But I hope that I can bear the weight, if you will, of this legacy and of this story,” she continues, “because I certainly want to do it justice.”

Although the arc of the new series remains shrouded in secrecy, Martin-Green — who’s been shooting “for a little while now” — is able to at least give a vague sense of what Trekkers can expect. “This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”

As we already know, it’s also going to be a story told for the first time from the perspective of someone other than the captain — Martin-Green’s First Officer. “Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain,” she suggests, “to be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling.”

Discovery is set to take flight in late summer or early fall. Will you be beaming it into your living room? Hit the comments.

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14 Comments
  1. RichCD says:

    CBS should have had had a teaser in last night’s finale of TWD. Just one shot of Sonequa Martin-Green in uniform is all they would’ve needed. Perfect opportunity to nail down the premiere date and get the word out.

  2. TvPeong says:

    Congrats to Sonequa Martin Green

  3. Television says:

    This is exactly what is going to be wrong with this show if they make it “rawer and grittier”. Star Trek does not need to be like all the other terrible shows out there. It stands out on its own, don’t ruin it by making it edgier.

    • Chuck says:

      Exactly, raw and gritty is not Star Trek, this really disappoints if true

    • Van says:

      I’m good with it. Ds9 was the best. Voyager had some great arcs with alot of clunkers inbetween; and harry kim (yawn). Enterprise was unwatchable in alot if parts. I’d love to see something between the series and the movies. It worked great for battlestar

  4. awnb95 says:

    So they are going to go darker than the Dominion war portion of DS9. Are we going to go I to TV MA territory. Does everything need to go down that road. Will have to wait & see when it airs; if it ever does.

  5. Anne says:

    Oh I’m so excited. I hope they go more the Battlestar Galactica route than the Stargate Universe route though

  6. Torchwood68 says:

    Still a stupid stupid move to insert this series in the middle of everything else. It should have been “in the future”

  7. r d gunn says:

    if it is anything like S T Beyond i will not be beaming it anywhere. There was so much noise, screaming, things being blown apart that it made no sense. If it even had a plot, I never could find it. If discovery goes in that direction, then leave me out. At the least, the original ST made you actually use your ability to think.

  8. ME says:

    Everything this and the other articles, video clips, etc, are just to get you all wound up. It means nothing. You can hint and tease all you want. Like what I’m going to do, wait until you actually watch the show before saying anything. You’ll thank yourself later.

  9. Dandru says:

    We don’t need “bigger and grittier.” Why do networks and studios keep making this same mistake? All we need is good storytelling. In the past year or two, so many projects have ended up sucking because the powers that be went for “bigger and grittier.”

  10. No no no says:

    Oh good God. Why on earth would the people making this think “raw and gritty” is a good fit for Star Trek? It’s point of difference is it’s sense of hope and optimism. This is destined to be as bad as Stargate:Universe was.