Trekkies might be a bit concerned about having a young Spock strutting around in Star Trek: Discovery, but the series' executive producer Alex Kurtzman says that fans don't have to worry about the character's appearance in the series contradicting the canon that the Star Trek franchise has built during the past five decades.
Speaking with members of the press during this year's New York Comic Con (via Trek Movie), Kurtzman opened up about Discovery's version of Spock, saying that the young half-Vulcan still isn't the stoic logician that fans have come to know from Star Trek: The Original Series.
According to the producer, Discovery's version of Spock isn't fully realized yet, and it looks like the character is still trying to find his bearing in the new Star Trek series.
"What gets me so excited about the story that we get to tell with Spock this season is that it's the unwritten chapter of Spock," Kurtzman said. "This is not the Spock that you know from the beginning of TOS, this is pre-TOS. He is not that formed Vulcan yet. His experience with the Red Angel and the signals has fried his logical brain. He cannot make sense of it. And he is emotionally ill-equipped to deal with it. So both logic and emotion are failing him, totally. And he is totally unsure of himself and trying to figure out how to make sense of the mystery and where he fits into the world. And it's through his complicated relationship with his sister that he's able to figure out how to become and actualize himself as the Spock that we know from TOS. And that's really exciting to us because it in no way violates canon, it just builds on what's been set before."
While fans might be a bit anxious over the interpretation, it totally makes sense for Discovery to feature a Spock much less equipped than they've come to know. After all, Peck is playing a younger version of the character, and much like any young man, Spock still has much to learn in Discovery. We can't wait and see this growing Spock in the second season of the series.
Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is set to premiere on CBS All-Access on January 17, 2019.