In Star Trek: Discovery, we are introduced to a new mode of transportation that utilizes spores to travel enormous distances in the blink of an eye. Lieutenant Paul Stamets is willing to sacrifice his life for the success of his spore drive, which combines physics and biology, and injects himself with tardigrade DNA when there is no other way to operate the drive and save the ship. It is this dedication that shows what a great character the writers have created.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin are joined by Nic Anastassiou, associate producer of Standard Orbit and visual effects editor at Industrial Light & Magic, to discuss the chief engineer of the USS Discovery. We look into what leads him to become the navigator and ultimately exist in the mycelial network, as well as his relationship with Doctor Hugh Culber—a refreshing glimpse into couplehood compared with past Star Trek.
Meet Stamets (00:07:30)
The Mycelial Network (00:23:43)
Mirror Stamets (00:55:17)
Relationship with Culber (01:03:50)
Final Thoughts (01:20:33)
Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)