Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman - surely the busiest producer in Hollywood right now with more print coverage at the moment than Brexit - talks season two Discovery, which got off to a blistering start last week with 'Brother', an episode which lays out the template for the rest of the season.
Among other topics, Kurtzman talks about that distinct openig scene and its relevance to the episode and the season.
The premiere opens with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) sharing an African folktale about a girl who created the Milky Way by throwing ash into the air. This is happening over footage of the planets from the Cassini spacecraft, a throwback considering the intergalactic wonders viewers used to seeing on Star Trek. Why open the season that way?
What I love about that opening is that it jumps you to this incredible bird’s eye view perspective on how small we are in the universe, and how massive the cosmos are. The show is called Discovery for a reason. Burnham is going to be wrestling this season with her place in the universe and what her purpose is. Spock (Ethan Peck) is doing the same. I love the idea of speaking from a perspective past the experiences that she’s having in the premiere. Looking on her life and realizing, “I dismissed something as a story without recognizing how incredibly meaningful it would become to me in the future.” It felt like a very emotional perspective and a different way to begin our season, especially with the footage from Cassini. It’s archaic, the old way we used to look at space. Look how we evolved; look at how our understanding of and our place in the universe changes. I felt that was all embedded in that story, and I loved the visuals and emotional representation.
It's a fascinating interview that touches on all of the many elements that season two's opening episode has already set up, so head across for a read.