First, a former Queen’s student got a shout out on the new Star Trek: Discovery series last month, and now a Kingston-born celebrity reveals he was actually asked to appear on the show.
In the October 8th episode, Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) gives a pep talk to ship scientist, Lieutenant Stamets (Anthony Rapp) by recounting historic figures he should want to emulate.
Lorca named the Wright brothers, the first to manage controlled sustained flight, as well as Zefram Cochrane – in Star Trek history, the inventor of warp drive on Earth and first human to travel faster than light.
He likewise gave a nod to Queen’s University alumnus, Elon Musk, who resided in Kingston while a student at Queen’s between 1990 and 1992.
Elon Musk – in addition to his lead roles in Paypal, Solar City, Tesla and initiating the Hyperloop – is the founder, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport company.
SpaceX achievements (so far) include being the first privately developed liquid fueled rocket to reach orbit; first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft; and the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Those accomplishments alone may be sufficient for Starfleet to remember Musk along with the Wright brothers and Zefram Cochrane, or it could be because his company will be the first to send humans to colonize Mars.
And this past week, it was revealed that another former Kingston resident was actually asked to be on ST: Discovery.
Bryan Adams, the music superstar who was born in Kingston in 1959, appeared on BBC’s The One Show on Friday along with two ST: Discovery stars, Jason Isaacs and Sonequa Martin-Green.
At one point during the interview, Adams couldn’t resist bringing up that he’d been asked ‘about a month ago’ to appear on Star Trek but then never heard back.
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Since this BBC interview aired on November 3rd, one month prior to it would be a week before filming wrapped on Discovery’s first season, according to a tweet from its executive producer Aaron Harberts:
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) October 12, 2017
That makes it possible that either Bryan was a last minute consideration for a cameo in the season finale or they were putting out ‘feelers’ for potential cameos in its second season.
Adams seemed pretty keen on appearing in the show – which films in Toronto – quipping that he “naturally looking like a Klingon anyway” and played the opening notes of the Star Trek theme on his guitar.
Star Trek celebrity cameos are not unusual. In the past they’ve ranged from Stephen Hawking playing himself in a holodeck simulation on ST: Next Generation to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson engaging in combat on ST: Voyager.
Hopefully, Bryan Adams isn’t let down and that call was indeed the first step in giving him a cameo on Discovery’s second season.
The show’s star Sonequa Martin-Green seems to be in his corner, saying “There’s always season 2” and “I got you” to Bryan.
Check out the segment where Adams begins to talk about his Star Trek call below – or view the entire episode on Youtube. (Bryan first comes on at the 6:51 mark)
Star Trek: Discovery can be seen in Canada on the ‘Space‘ channel and CraveTV. In the U.S. it’s available to subscribers of the CBS All Access streaming channel, and internationally on Netflix within 24 hours of episodes appearing on CBS All Access. You can follow the show on Twitter.