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