Sonequa Martin-Green's Star Trek: Discovery Character Has a Brand New Name

Image: CBS
Image: CBS

It feels like we’ve known forever that the central figure in Star Trek: Discovery wouldn’t be the captain. And it feels like we’ve known forever that Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) would be that character. But the character’s name has changed.


Previously, Martin-Green was going to be playing Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. As of today, Star and the Star Trek: Discovery twitter account are both identifying Martin-Green’s character by a different name:


That’s a name sure to get people wondering if, in the future, “Michael” is a more gender-neutral name than it currently is, or if there’s some other reasoning there. I really hope it’s the former and not part of a giant backstory they’ll be exploring. I’m mostly kind of annoyed at CBS for putting that name out there with no other information, guaranteeing a lot of speculation. A large amount of which could get really ugly.

CBS was also probably waiting on this official announcement until after Martin-Green’s other show aired its finale, which it did last night. And while we know what’s going on over in the zombie future, we’re still waiting to know exactly when we’ll see Star Trek on the small screen again.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

Is anybody really excited about this show? With all the trouble and delays it has had, I feel like there is a good chance it may never actually air despite the fairly impressive cast. And if it does air exclusively on CBS All Access, I’m not sure anybody is going to see it.