EXCLUSIVE: Unveiling Star Trek: Discovery's legacy with David Ajala and Doug Jones

Dive into our exclusive chat with David Ajala and Doug Jones as they share insights on the epic conclusion of Star Trek: Discovery.

L-R Doug Jones as Saru and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery, season 5, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/Paramount+
L-R Doug Jones as Saru and Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery, season 5, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ /
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In a universe where the stars are the stage and the final frontier calls for you with untold mysteries, Star Trek: Discovery prepares to take its final bow with a season that promises to be nothing short of stellar.

As we gear up for this bittersweet, I had the immense pleasure of chatting with two of the series' most beloved stars, David Ajala and Doug Jones, whose characters have left undeniable marks on the heart of the franchise and its fervent fanbase.

You can watch our chat below:

From the depths of space, a hero rises: David Ajala's Book

First up, David Ajala, the man behind the ever-compelling and ridiculously handsome Cleveland "Book" Booker. Ajala's portrayal of Book has been a journey of depth, complexity, and undeniable charm, capturing the hearts of fans across the globe. His gratitude for the love and appreciation shown by fans is palpable, a testament to the mutual affection between actor and audience. "Thank you. That's so kind," Ajala humbly responds when praised for his role, a sentiment echoed by many who have come to adore Book's resilience, bravery, and evolution.

The gentle giant of the cosmos: Doug Jones' Saru

Then, there's Doug Jones, the master of transformation who has brought to life Saru, a character whose evolution from a cautious Kelpien to a formidable and wise figure of leadership has been nothing short of extraordinary. Jones shares insights into Saru's journey, highlighting the character's ascent through Starfleet ranks and his role as a beacon of ethical and emotional guidance for the crew. Saru's relationships, particularly with Michael Burnham, carry with them narrative depth, showcasing a range of emotions from conflict to reconciliation, respect, and admiration.

Jones chuckles as he navigates a slight interruption during our chat - a momentary blip because, you know, technology. Yet, even this pause is a reminder of the vibrant and dynamic energy that fuels the series. "Saru has been on quite a journey," Jones reflects, acknowledging the Kelpien's transition from fear to fearlessness, his mentorship of younger crew members, and his paternal presence aboard the USS Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5
L-R David Ajala as Book, Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Wilson Cruz as Culber in Star Trek: Discovery, season 5, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Credit: Marni Grossman /Paramount+ /

A legacy written in the stars

As Star Trek: Discovery embarks on its fifth and final season, the anticipation among fans is electric. The series, known for its bold exploration of ethical dilemmas, deep-space drama, and groundbreaking representation, is set to leave behind a legacy as vast as the universe it explores. Through characters like Book and Saru, Discovery has charted a course through the complexities of the human (and alien) condition, offering viewers a mirror to our own world through the lens of the future.

David Ajala's heartfelt gratitude and Doug Jones' reflective musings on their characters' journeys are just a glimpse into the profound impact Star Trek: Discovery has had on its cast and viewers alike. As we prepare to say farewell to this chapter of the Star Trek saga, we do so with the knowledge that the voyage of the USS Discovery will forever resonate in the halls of fame of sci-fi history.

So, here's to the final season - a celebration of exploration, of the bonds that transcend space and time, and of the indomitable spirit of discovery that drives us all.

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