Star Trek: Discovery's Alex Kurtzman Breaks Down That Surprising Cameo

[Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery, "Will You Take My Hand?" Read at your own risk.]

Star Trek: Discovery capped off a high-octane inaugural season with a hopeful ending that saw the Klingon War come to an end and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) officially granted the rank of Commander. As the crew headed out for their next adventure, they were then interrupted by a distress call from a familiar face: Captain Pike of the USS Enterprise.

With the series taking place just a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series, questions about how Discovery would tie into original cannon have been at the forefront of the franchise's most dedicated fans. Now that the USS Enterprise -- which also boasts Spock as the ship's Science Officer -- has been brought into the mix, the series is gearing up to finally explain why the famed Vulcan has never mentioned his adoptive sister Burnham during his adventures with Kirk and the rest of the TOS crew.

Although you will definitely get an answer in Season 2, executive producer Alex Kurtzman says it probably won't be in the way that you're expecting. "I knew we were gonna get that answer in Season 2 which, by the way, doesn't mean you're gonna see Spock in Season 2," he tells TV Guide. "It just means you're gonna get an answer. There will be a lot of surprises in terms of what you see on Enterprise. And yes, we are staying totally consistent with canon."

Is Star Trek: Discovery's Tilly on the Autism Spectrum?

As the wait for Spock rages on, the show will continue to address another major aspect of Star Trek canon: the Federation's tumultuous relationship with the Klingons. Sunday's finale saw the deadly war come to an end and while both sides have agreed to peace for the time being, it doesn't mean the Klingons are no longer a threat to Starfleet.

"Just because the Klingons have agreed to end the war doesn't mean they want to," Kurtzman explains. After all, the Klingons were forced to agree to peace after being faced with the destruction of their home planet, courtesy of Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brook) and Starfleet. But with encouragement from Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Burnham (who handed over the device powerful enough to destroy Qo'noS), L'Rell (Mary Chieffo) was able to convince the proud warriors to back down while also stepping up as their new leader.

As she attempts to use T'Kuvma's teachings to unite the race under a shared code of honor, infighting will continue to be an issue -- especially with those who aren't too keen on having a woman in charge. "Despite the fact that L'Rell is made the leader of the Klingons at the end, I would venture to say there's probably gonna be attempts to dethrone her," Kurtzman teased.

Thwarting those attempts will be just one her concerns. Given the fact that Kol was corrupted by power, L'Rell will need to take his mistakes into account and attempt to be a different sort of leader for the Klingons. Fortunately, it looks like she's already on the right track. "I think through her experiences, particularly her mutual respect that she found with Cornwell and then what she begins to see from Burnham, [she realizes] that there is more to these humans than she's been led to believe," saysMary Chieffo, who plays the new Klingon head.

Keeping those experiences in mind, L'Rell's most important task will be finding a way to co-exist with the humans while instilling a new sense of pride and honor. After everything that's happened so far, however, that will be easier said than done.

(Full disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 12, 2018
I intensely dislike the Tilly character. Like really really dislike.I hope nay pray they kill the character first min of season 2. Very irritating when am trying to enjoy the show to see her come on. Awesome 1st season otherwise.
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Feb 12, 2018
Loved the ENTERPRISE cameo but it brings up the same question I and I'm sure others had at the start, if the show is placed so close to the timeline of TOS how do they plan to explain how Klingons still look NOTHING like they have looked from TOS onwards, surely even a decade before Kirk era-TOS isn't enough time for the entire Klingon species to naturally evolve to the look we all know.
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Feb 12, 2018
I'm not sure I understand the question. The Klingons never looked one way "from TOS onwards". TOS was the "aberration", and they looked "normal" (i.e., with croissants pasted to their foreheads) both before TOS (thanks to preluding) and from The Motion Picture onward. Then Discovery went with the new-new look.

I thought they were going with the "different houses have different looks" things. A different house was in command during the TOS era. Then the croissant-style house took over by TNG, which is the first time we ever got close to seeing the "entire Klingon species". Although how that fits in with the Enterprise genetic alteration thing...

Other then a few ships and outposts' worth of Klingons, we hever saw the "entire species" during TOS.
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Feb 12, 2018
I meant in general from TOS to ENTERPRISE and everything in between the Klingons regardless of their house always appeared to have that same basic look - Largish Humanoid with the prominent brow ridges, now granted I'm not exactly an expert but in all the pre-existing TREK eps and movies I've never seen any Klingon that even closely resembled the DISCOVERY Klingons who don't really have the prominent brow bridges and "bumps" all over their faces plus the DISCOVERY Klingons all seem physically smaller in stature than any other Klingon.

One "argument" against DISCOVERY I did see a lot of when it started was that the Klingon just didn't appear "Klingon-y", to me personally it didn't make a difference but I could've sworn at one point Kurtzman or one of the EPs did say the difference between the appearance of DISCOVERY Klingons and other Klingons we've seen in other ST series would be explained but it never was, at least not that I noticed and I'm wondering if they're going to address it at all because assuming Kirk is now less than a decade from taking over the Enterprise it doesn't leave much room for natural evolution to take the DISCOVERY Klingons and turn them into Klingons whose appearance matches those of TOS Klingons.
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Feb 12, 2018
Ah, you're talking about the various series in real-life broadcast order rather than "real" in-show order. If you accept that, then either a) the TOS-show Klingons were supposed to look like the later ones but they just didn't have the money for the makeup effect (the real-life explanation), they don't talk about it in-show because there's no justifiable explanation (the DS9 explanation), or the somewhat plot-holed genetic tampering (the Enterprise explanation).

I was then quoting the current producer's explanation, that different houses have different looks. So the Klingons in Discovery are just another House than the ones we've seen before. Because there's nothing in the past that contradicts that explanation. Much.
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Feb 13, 2018
Well, at this point it's fairly obvious that the surgically-modified Tyler is the bridge between Discovery-Klingons and TOS-klingons. Pushed by L'rell's experiments, a branch of Klingons will appear that go under the knife to look more like humans.
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Feb 13, 2018
But didn't DISCOVERY make a point of the fact that they weren't all from the same house? Yet they all appear similar in appearance.
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Feb 12, 2018
"would tie into original cannon"

Canon, damnit. It irritates me enough when fansites don't know the difference between "canon" and "cannon". Do we have to have supposedly professional sites make the same mistake?
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Feb 12, 2018
Not even TVGuide acknowledges themselves at professionals.
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Feb 12, 2018
I'd just appreciate someone actually editing the articles, rather than running it through MSWord/Firefox spell-checking. Spell-checking won't pick up homonyms.
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Feb 12, 2018
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