Why Star Trek: Discovery's Ethan Peck Thinks The Franchise Is So Illuminating

Ethan Peck Star Trek: Short Treks Spock

While there was some mild apprehension when his casting was announced, a lot of the Star Trek fandom has gotten behind Ethan Peck's portrayal of Spock. Peck and Anson Mount's performances were standouts in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, and that experience and the additional Star Trek: Short Treks appearance have had quite the effect on the young actor.

Ethan Peck had no experience in the world of Star Trek ahead of playing Spock, but now that he's been a part of it, he gets the appeal. Peck talked about the magic of being a part of the Star Trek franchise, and its impact on the world at large.

Sure, I am biased by now because I’m part of it, and I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, but there’s almost something religious about Star Trek. Its ideology provides a hope that people can hold onto. Just look at the community it’s created. It celebrates what makes us special as human beings, illuminates what makes us great.

Ethan Peck gets it, which may be why an actor with so little exposure to the world of Star Trek upon joining the franchise was able to ingratiate himself with the universe so quickly. It's also worth noting he did so portraying one of the franchise's most beloved characters in a rather unique way, which was no easy feat.

As difficult as it may have been, Ethan Peck has told Ars Technica he's absolutely willing to return and play Spock for a future Star Trek series. Whether it be an appearance in the future of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, or something else entirely, it looks like Peck is ready to go should the call come.

I would love to continue playing this character and being a part of this world.

Fans have been calling for a series spinoff of the pre-Kirk Enterprise ever since Captain Pike, Spock, and Number One appeared on Star Trek: Discovery. Short Treks and Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman tried to deliver something satisfying by giving the characters their own Star Trek: Short Treks episode, but the release did little to quell those who want more. Rumors have swirled ever since that something is in the works, though that is a little hard to believe given the sheer volume of new Star Trek shows that are presently in some stage of development.

Even so, the willingness to return from actors like Ethan Peck could help propel these talks even further, and maybe convince the higher ups at CBS to open the coffers to bankroll yet another Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Or, who knows, maybe this one could air on CBS? The fandom would surely love another live-action Star Trek series on television, if only to save some money on the ever-increasing bill of monthly subscription services.

Check out Ethan Peck's Spock performance on Star Trek: Discovery, which can be watched right now on CBS All Access. As always, be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest happening in television and movies.

Mick Joest
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Mick Joest is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend with his hand in an eclectic mix of television goodness. Star Trek is his main jam, but he also regularly reports on happenings in the world of Star Trek, WWE, Doctor Who, 90 Day Fiancé, Quantum Leap, and Big Brother. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He's great at hosting panels and appearing on podcasts if given the chance as well.