SPOCK’S NEW FRON­TIER

ETHAN PECK por­trays Star Trek’s log­i­cal half-vul­can as we’ve never seen him be­fore…

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Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery Genre: Sci-fi Avail­able: Fri­day18 Jan­uary Sea­son: 2 Episodes: 13 Runs: 40-50min TVSW says: A wel­come ad­di­tion to the fran­chise

ONE OF SCI-FI’S most iconic char­ac­ters re­turns to our screens this week when a young Spock joins Starfleet for the sec­ond sea­son of hit Net­flix se­ries Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery.

US ac­tor Ethan Peck takes on the role of the half-hu­man, half-vul­can sci­ence of­fi­cer, fa­mously played by Leonard Ni­moy, but don’t ex­pect too many sim­i­lar­i­ties. With Dis­cov­ery set sev­eral years be­fore the orig­i­nal 1960s se­ries, Spock is still find­ing his feet and even has a beard.

‘This is Spock pre-cap­tain Kirk and pre-star­ship En­ter­prise,’ re­veals Peck. ‘So he’s in a place in which we might not fully recog­nise him.’

In sea­son one, view­ers met Spock’s adopted sis­ter, chief sci­ence of­fi­cer Michael Burn­ham (Sonequa Martin-green), and the pair’s fate is set to be­come in­ter­twined.

THE SPIRIT OF SPOCK

Peck says he still hasn’t re­cov­ered from the ex­cite­ment of be­ing cast.

‘I was so blown away,’ he re­veals. ‘I didn’t know what I was au­di­tion­ing for in the be­gin­ning, which was prob­a­bly a good thing. If I had known, it would have been very in­tim­i­dat­ing.’

The 32-year-old re­searched the char­ac­ter as much as pos­si­ble. ‘What they did with the orig­i­nal se­ries was so spe­cial that you can’t re­peat that – and in no way would I at­tempt to im­i­tate Leonard Ni­moy. I’ve just tried to cap­ture his spirit,’ he says. ‘I had the plea­sure of meet­ing the Ni­moy fam­ily and I asked them, “Where do I be­gin?” They said, “Just watch the se­ries. And be cu­ri­ous.” That was the best ad­vice as Spock is an observer. He’s con­stantly tak­ing things in – both in­tel­lec­tual knowl­edge as well as emo­tional in­for­ma­tion.’

Peck starred in the 2009-2010 TV se­ries of 10 Things I Hate about You and act­ing is in his blood – his grand­fa­ther was Os­car-win­ning Hol­ly­wood leg­end Gre­gory Peck, who died in 2003.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, we weren’t too close when I was younger, but I’ve watched his films and I can see we share some sim­i­lar­i­ties,’ he says.

‘Peo­ple al­ways say I’m fill­ing the shoes of such a tow­er­ing fig­ure. But it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like my own, very nat­u­ral ca­reer.’

ETHAN PECK AS SPOCK SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN PLAYS SPOCK’S ADOPTED SIS­TER, MICHAEL BURN­HAM

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