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Before this week’s episode “An Obel for Charon” debuts, we have some fun diversions for you while you wait.

Teases for tonight’s episode

IGN got an exclusive clip of the interplay between the USS Discovery’s lovable curmudgeon Stamets and guest character Reno (Tig Notaro).

In addition, actor Doug Jones shared an image from the episode, noting it is going to be “very emotional.”

The Star Trek: Discovery writers’ room also got in on the action,  giving us a glimpse of some greenery from tonight’s episode.

New episode “An Obol for Charon” tonight! #startrekdiscovery #eatyourgreens

— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) February 7, 2019

Behind the scenes on “Point of Light”

Executive producer and director of the episode Olatunde Osunsanmi has been sharing a wealth of tidbits on his social media. Here’s a couple of his latest from the filming of the episode, which aired last week.

BTS Vid of the first scene shot on the 31 set. Before I hit record, that crane came in from the first floor, rose to the second, and did a 180 to follow Georgiou’s walk to Tyler.

— Olatunde Osunsanmi (@CenterWillHold) February 4, 2019

Section 31 just before I shot it for the first time. ⁦@tamaradeverell⁩ built this set on Stage 8. It’s a beauty to shoot. Everywhere I point the camera is a perfect frame. This set was challenging for the Art Dept. cause of the two stories, glass floors and massive size.

— Olatunde Osunsanmi (@CenterWillHold) February 4, 2019

Storyboard art from @rob__mccallum . I work with him to draw the more complex shots in my head, much easier to communicate to the crew that way. This drawing is literally identical to the shot in the episode of @marythechief

— Olatunde Osunsanmi (@CenterWillHold) February 4, 2019

L’Rell actress Mary Chieffo shared this moment on the set with her co-stars Kenneth Mitchell (who was also Kol in season one), Michelle Yeoh, and Shazad Latif.

Production design event this weekend

This weekend in Toronto, the Directors Guild of Ontario will host an event with many of the production design staff from Discovery.

Set designer Emilie Poulin spoke with the MPAA to promote the Toronto event. In it, she discusses how the engineering bay (Stamets’ lab) has been changed and customized a number of times for different uses, and goes in-depth about making Saru’s home planet of Kaminar both on location and on stage for Short Treks and an upcoming episode of Discovery season two.

On designing the huts of the Kelpiens’:

The structure we designed was a pair of 18 sided elliptical huts so, if you imagine 18 slices of 3-dimensional pie curving up to a circular peak. For the pattern of the facade, I took inspiration from Saru’s face. I loosely traced the geometry of his cheekbones, philtrum, and brow and then developed a series of iterations with them – extruded, stretched, and mirrored the linework until I came to a form that felt original and exuded the essence of the Kelpien race.

There’s more in the full article, it’s a quick read and worth your time if you like to know more about how a TV show is made.

Saru (Doug Jones) in “The Brightest Star” with a Kelpien hut in the background.

The Directors Guild of Ontario has teased the event on social media as well, showing off the designs for the Starfleet Shuttle seen in Discovery.

DGC Ontario Set Designer Michael Stanek shared with us behind the scenes photos and drawings of the @startrekcbs Discovery Shuttle. Join us for a special Q&A with the Creatives behind #StarTrekDiscovery on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. 🎟 ➡️

— DGC Ontario (@OntarioDGC) February 6, 2019

New CBS All Access campaign

Today CBS launched a new promotional campaign for CBS All Access, with the theme “It’s On.” This includes a video featuring Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green talking about why you should sign up.

More fun Discovery cast social media posts

Anson Mount (Captain Pike) has spoken about his love of classic Trek and what a great time he had being directed by Jonathan Frakes. Mount teased their fun working relationship on Twitter.

I have no idea who this man is. He kept following me around the set, telling me what to do, where to go, how to sit, how to stand. I would have been annoyed had his ideas not been so good. He helped me find Pike. And he’s apparently still stalking me on Twitter! @jonathansfrakes

— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) February 4, 2019

As we discussed with special effects make-up supervisor James MacKinnon at the red carpet last month, Airiam not only got a new actress under the makeup, but they’ve taken time to tweak her look a bit. The new Airiam, actress Hannah Cheesman, posted her excitement for tonight’s episode with a nice side-by-side comparison.

Todaaaaay! I’ll be watching @startrekcbs from Toronto, where we film the show. Airiam 2.5 is back in black (blue) but can you spot any differences between the new Airiam (me – on the L) and Airiam of S1 (@SaraMitich – on the R)?

— Hannah Cheesman (@HannahCheesman) February 7, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else. “An Obol for Charon” will be released on All Access and Space on Thursday, February 7th, 2019, and on Netflix Friday, February 8th, 2019.

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