Spock Will Appear in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, but What About His Childhood Pet?

Spock will appear in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, series director and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes told an El Paso Comic Con audience.

Frakes, who directed Star Trek: Discovery’s midseason premiere episode “Despite Yourself,” will return to direct the second and tenth episode of Season 2. According to Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast “Earl Grey ” co-host Justin Oser, Frakes described the second episode as featuring both the recently cast Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike and a young Spock.

Star Trek: Discovery has previously flashed back to Michael Burnham’s childhood on Vulcan, where Burnham was raised by Spock’s parents, Sarek and Amanda Grayson. Nothing has yet been revealed about her relationship with Spock as a child, though we learned in “Lethe” that Sarek chose Spock over her for entry into the Vulcan Expeditionary Group (an honor Spock would later turn down, choosing Starfleet instead).

Our previous best look at Spock’s childhood came in Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “Yesteryear.” Using the Guardian of Forever, a talking time portal introduced in Star Trek: The Original Series classic “The City on the Edge of Forever,” Spock travels to his childhood on Vulcan. His childhood wasn’t easy, full of Vulcan bullies, confusing emotions and a distant father, whose first words to the time-travelling Spock (who he doesn’t recognize) are to apologize for his son, Spock. Burnham couldn’t have had it much easier, but it will be interesting to learn in Discovery whether the two outcasts were allies or childhood rivals, with Spock pushing Burnham away for reminding him too much of his humanity.

A Star Trek: Discovery episode flashing back to Burnham and Spock’s childhood could also finally mean the return of I-Chaya, their childhood pet sehlat, a creature somewhere between a saber-toothed cat and a teddy bear.

At the end of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season, Burnham has a chance to speak with her adoptive mother, Amanda. She’s learned a new appreciation for her mother’s ways and found a closer synthesis between her human and Vulcan impulses. It’s a journey Spock also makes. But in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, we’ll see their relationship before that maturation.