Anson Mount will not reprise his role as Captain Christopher Pike in season three of Star Trek Discovery, Deadline today reports.
Mount’s character Pike is currently in the role of Acting Captain of the U.S.S. Discovery, moving over from the iconic U.S.S. Enterprise to kick off the show’s second season. It looks his tenure will be similar to that of Captain Lorca, portrayed by Jason Isaacs, who only lasted a single season as well.
Deadline reports that both Mount and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) “had been contracted only for Season 2 arcs as part of a plan to sync up Discovery with the original Star Trek lore by the end of the new series’ second season heading into Season 3.”
Captain Pike served as the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise before Captain Kirk (William Shatner) took command; Discovery is set in 2257, while the original Star Trek began in 2265. Whatever Pike gets up to, it looks to be back on Enterprise and not on Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season began as the ship was travelling to Vulcan to pick up its permanent captain; it was diverted to Pike and the Enterprise in order to investigate seven strange red signals across the galaxy. It’s unclear if Discovery will head back to Vulcan to pick up its unnamed captain, or if Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) or Commander Saru (Doug Jones) will take over.
Star Trek: Discovery is currently in the middle of its second season; here in Australia, the show airs new episodes on Friday nights.