22 Nov 2017 1:45 PM +00:00 UTC

Star Trek: Discovery Star Jason Isaacs Says A William Shatner Cameo Would Feel Like A Saturday Night Live Sketch

Some Trekkers would love the idea of seeing iconic Star Trek actors appear in Star Trek: Discovery, but one of the stars of the new series is not enthusiastic about it.

Jason Isaacs, who plays Captain Gabriel Lorca in the show, told Metro that seeing familiar Star Trek actors in the show would break the immersion.

"Someone asked which cast members from the existing series would you like to guest star – I think people watch good drama shows and they completely suspend their disbelief," Isaaacs said. "They feel like they're looking through the keyhole at another world, if you do it well enough. If you have stunt celebrity cameo casting, it completely pulls them out of it. They feel like they're watching a Saturday Night Live sketch."


Isaacs went on to talk about how weird it would be to see a cameo of William Shatner, who plays James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series. Since Star Trek: Discovery is a prequel to the original series, it would be strange to see Kirk meet the show's characters.

Shatner's cameo would totally ruin the series, and I'm glad that Isaacs is against that gimmicky idea.

"Kirk doesn't come along for ten years and when we meet him, he's 26, so it would be a weird timeline if they met," Isaacs said.

Isaacs also teased what to expect in the second half of Star Trek: Discovery's first season:

"There's a lot of seeds sown that will bear fruit. "Because we don't reboot to zero every week, the stakes can get higher and higher and it can pay off in both emotionally spectacular ways and aesthetically spectacular ways. "Things are heading towards confrontations that will have enormous consequences."

Star Trek: Discovery is set to return to CBS All Access on January 7, 2018.

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