Live Long and Prosper: A Conversation with Star Trek Super-fan Jon Clatworthy for the Home Entertainment Release of DISCOVERY
Marking the return of one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises in history, the debut season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: SEASON ONE arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 19 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections will feature all 15 Season One episodes of the CBS All Access original series, along with a trove of compelling featurettes and other special features.
From VFX to set design, composing the series’ score to make-up and prosthetics, the special features will provide an unprecedented look at the making of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY stars Sonequa Martin-Green (“First Officer Michael Burnham”), Jason Isaacs (“Captain Gabriel Lorca”), Doug Jones (“Lt. Commander Saru”), Shazad Latif (“Lt. Ash Tyler”), Mary Wiseman (“Cadet Sylvia Tilly”), Anthony Rapp (“Lt. Paul Stamets”) along with guest stars James Frain (“Ambassador Sarek”), Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd) and Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou).
The Fan Carpet’s Marc Jason Ali had the opportunity to talk with Star Trek superfan Jon Clatworthy about the home entertainment release of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: SEASON ONE...
Okay, if we begin at the beginning, what fuelled your interest in Star Trek?
Well just being a general science fiction fan really since primary school liking science fiction, fantasy novels as a child, everything from H.G. Wells, Issac Asmiov, Arthur C. Clarke that kind of stuff and Tolkien as well Lord of the Rings, and then Star Trek was always on television and as a child I couldn’t help but come across it and I immediately fell in love with it.
Okay. My first introduction to Star Trek was The Next Generation, but obviously we’re talking about Star Trek: Discovery, how do you think the two series differ because they do look and feel rather different, what do you think of their distinct qualities?
Well, Next Generation was always my favourite series, but Star Trek: Discovery is completely different, I think it’s more in keeping with the rebooted films from 2009 and that in a way does help to bring in new fans as well, I mean Discovery is walking a fine line, it’s trying to keep old fans happy while bringing in new audiences at the same time which is always a difficult task.
But I think Star Trek: Discovery has retained the ethos Starfleet and the Federation as in a sort of utopian society where differences have been cast aside between nations, religion, poverty, war, money, all that has been set aside for the greater good and that is evident in TNG and the other ones.
With Discovery, it’s not quite as evident in the first few episodes but towards the end of the series it basically reminded that the point of Starfleet and the Federation is that there is no shortcuts in doing the right thing and not to give in, whereas talking about things, discussion, thoughtfulness is basically the correct way to go about things than the harder route. It has got similarities but quite a few differences at the same time.
Yeah absolutely I enjoyed the series, I watched it week to week, because that’s how it was released (laughs), but I’m hearing a lot of people say it would have served it better if it was a bingeable show. What’s your thoughts on that?
It’s very funny you say that because that’s pretty much what my partner Louise said two days ago, because we watched it week to week like yourself and it’s okay and then in preparation for this interview and other things I binge watched the whole thing again and back to back, it’s much better watched like that than it was with a week gap in between because the 15 episodes in this Star Trek series is much more serialistic in a way, less stand alone episodes or hardly any at all and it does really benefit from being watched consecutively, it’s like a large movie essentially. So yeah, because of the not so much episodic nature to it, watching it back to back is preferable to watching it week to week, I was sort of losing track of what was going on I must admit the first time round.
Right. It’s a good series it keeps you guessing and I certainly didn’t see that twist coming (laughs) yeah I didn’t see it coming….(Jon interrupts)
there are several, which?
Lorca, I didn’t see that coming
Ah right yeah.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: SEASON ONE IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD NOW