Michael Dorn Will Not Appear in “Star Trek Discovery” Pilot

Michael Dorn will appear in Star Trek Discovery's pilot episode as an ancestor of Worf

Corrections About Dorn’s Appearance in Discovery

In most of the Star Trek franchise pilot episodes, a character from a previous Trek series shows up to essentially hand off the new show.  Leonard (Bones) McCoy graced TNG‘s pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint.  Captain Jean Luc Picard appeared in DS9‘s pilot episode The Emissary.  Quark was in the first episode of Voyager – Caretaker.  And of course Zefram Cochrane, played by James Cromwell, handed off the franchise in Enterprise‘s Broken Bow.  (Thanks to @trekfan4747 for reminding us about that last one).

So yesterday we excitedly wrote about the prospect of Michael Dorn appearing in the pilot episode of Star Trek Discovery and doing the traditional handing-off.

This was based on information published by SciFiPulse, and is incorrect.

We originally attempted to reach Michael Dorn’s public relations, however we did not hear back by the time we were ready to publish our article.  We proceeded to publish our article and again tried to reach out to Michael Dorn.  To the time of this writing, we still have not yet heard back.  However our friends over at TrekMovie.com did manage to reach them and they issued an article.

According to TrekMovie, as it turns out, the writers at SciFiPulse mis-quoted Dorn about his role in Star Trek Discovery.  Apparently Dorn had been approached by the Discovery producers over a year ago, but no agreement could be reached.  Nothing ever came of it.

With Dorn out of the picture as being the hander-off of the Star Trek franchise, that leaves it open.  We’ve heard some people suggest T’Pol which would be a great option in our opinion.  While Enterprise takes place about 100 years before Discovery does, Vulcans can easily live that long and so T’Pol could legitimately appear.

Below is our original article for posterity.  See correction above.

A Familiar Actor Returns – Michael Dorn in Discovery

In most of the Star Trek franchise pilot episodes, a character from a previous Trek series shows up to essentially hand off the new show.  Leonard (Bones) McCoy graced TNG‘s pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint.  Captain Jean Luc Picard appeared in DS9‘s pilot episode The Emissary.  Quark was in the first episode of Voyager – Caretaker.  And of course Zefram Cochrane, played by James Cromwell, handed off the franchise in Enterprise‘s Broken Bow.  (Thanks to @trekfan4747 for reminding us about that last one).

It sounds like we may have Michael Dorn to do the series handoff for Star Trek Discovery.  According to an article on SciFiPulse, Michael Dorn will be appearing in the first episode of Discovery.

Apparently the producers of Discovery reached out to Dorn over a year ago, asking if he would be willing to take on the small role.  The character, an ancestor of TNG‘s beloved Worf, will appear in the Klingon-heavy first episode.

Question is, will he look like one of these Klingons or something else?

Klingons of Star Trek Discovery to take on a new(ish) look
Klingons of Star Trek Discovery to take on a new(ish) look

Dorn’s Own Star Trek Show

As many people are aware, Dorn had attempted to gain traction behind a new Star Trek series in which Commander Worf would be the series lead – but as Captain Worf.  It didn’t get very far, but it sounds like fans will get one last goodbye to Dorn in Star Trek television with this.

The original SciFiPulse article can be found here.

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Cassius Adams is the creator of ncc-1031.com and is a content contributor. He has been a Star Trek fan for nearly three decades. Cassius discovered his passion for the franchise early into TNG's run, and nourished that passion throughout DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies. Cassius can be reached by emailing cass@ncc-1031.com or you can follow him on Twitter at @supercass

  • cass ada

    Probably couldn’t have picked someone better to hand off the series than Worf. He played 7 seasons of TNG and a few of DS9. Plus he played that character in Star Trek IV (another ancestor of Worf?).

  • Ed Elmore

    What! No Worf! You have no honor ! Lol.