It seems as if Christopher Pike can do no wrong. We are told that he is Starfleet’s finest, but why is Captain Pike the best of the best? From his command decisions to his personal connection with the crew, Kirk’s predecessor gives hope and optimism to Star Trek: Discovery season two.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin deep-dive into Christopher Pike to explore the traits that made fans fall in love with Anson Mount’s rendition of the character who first appeared in “The Cage,” the original unaired pilot for Star Trek: The Original Series. Will the points they uncover explain why there is little character growth for Pike during the season? Was he written too perfectly?
Everybody Loves Chris (00:03:18)
Anson Mount (00:14:30)
Pike’s Story (00:20:02)
Final Thoughts (00:41:16)
Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin
Amy Nelson (Editor) Patrick Devlin (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) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Brian Meloche (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Time Crystals. We imagine how each of Star Trek’s legendary captains might react if faced with the same decision—and glimpse into the future—as Captain Pike did in Star Trek: Discovery Season Two.
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of L’Rell. We discuss the tumultuous journey of L’Rell, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. What are her motivations? Do they change throughout the first two seasons?
Short Treks Retrospective. We discuss the importance and impact of “Runaway,” “Calypso,” “The Brightest Star,” and “The Escape Artist” by how important we believe they are to the plot of Star Trek: Discovery Season Two.
Captains of Discovery. We discuss the leadership and command styles of each captain we have seen during the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery.
Sarek, Amanda, and Spock’s Family. We discuss the dynamics of the multicultural family and Sarek’s great experiment of raising half-human children to become perfect Vulcans.
Biology in Discovery. We delve into the mycelial network and its inhabitants, the JahSepp, the yeel tree and the mycelium itself. We also explore the tardigrade, the gormagander, and the Kelpiens.
Captain Pike. We explore the surprise gem of Star Trek: Discovery season two and why Anson Mount’s portrayal made the little-known predecessor to James T. Kirk a fan favorite.
Season Two Recap. Looking back at Discovery’s sophomore outing as a whole, we discuss the arc of the Red Angel, what it means for the timeline, and try to clarify the purpose of the time jumps.
Fan Response to Season Two We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the Star Trek: Discovery season-two finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part II.