Ethan Peck’s Spock will be off on his own journey away from the USS: Discovery crew. In the season two trailer, we hear that Spock has gone away from the Enterprise in search of answers. This leaves his whereabouts and motives very vague, but I’m sure more will be revealed in the upcoming season.
Peck certainly seems to fit the bill as he greatly resembles the character. Stepping into the role of the fantastic Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek: The Original Series is no easy task for Peck and something that he seems to be taking seriously. He took to Instagram, posing with the Nimoy family and writing this:
Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor.
Peck is likely being brought on to bolster interest in Star Trek: Discovery as the series has struggled to capture a wide audience. Star Trek: Discovery is only available through CBS All Access, making the show a bit of a hurdle to get into. Adding in the titular character should help bolster public interest inside the Trekkie fandom.
Showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman, had this to say about the importance of the role:
Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion. We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.
Star Trek fans have much to rejoice about these days. Patrick Stewart recently announced that he would be reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming show. Star Trek: Discovery is currently in production for its second season, and is set to be streaming in early 2019.