At least one major Star Trek: Discovery guest star is already eager for his character to get a spinoff.
Rainn Wilson, best known for his role on The Office, plays Harry Mudd, the con man who pestered James Kirk on more than one occasion in Star Trek: The Original Series. With the news that Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season, Wilson wants a backdoor pilot for his own Harry Mudd show.
“I said this to someone else in an interview, but I'm going to repeat myself because I think it's a juicy one,” Wilson told StarTrek.com. “This is what I would like to see in season two, episode four or so: They bump into Mudd, he's got a merchant ship, he's got a crazy crew on the merchant ship, and he's getting into all kinds of trouble traveling around the galaxy trying to do little deals. And, boom! We’ve set ourselves up for a spin-off show. The Harry Mudd spin-off show. That would be my ideal.”
Its hard to tell how serious Wilson is being, but a spinoff series isn’t out of the question. Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman has stated previously that Discovery’s success could lead ot more Star Trek shows, and there have been rumors that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan villain Khan Noonien Singh could be getting his own prequel series.
In the meantime, after his debut in “Choose Your Pain,” Wilson will return as Mudd in this week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.”
“Well, we know that Mudd is not so happy being left behind in the Klingon's prison,” Wilson teased about the episode. “We know that Mudd visits the ship. And I think that sh-t is really gonna hit the fan. That’s about all I can say.
“I get to fire a phaser,” he added when pushed. “Pretty awesome.”
In addition to Mudd’s return, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” will herald the return of a classic science fiction story trope, the time loop.
New Star Trek: Discovery episodes become available to stream Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS All Access