Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) has told Ain’t It Cool News that the show’s female lead – a lieutenant commander – will only be known as Number One until late in the season when her name will be revealed.
He’s also confirmed that he and Alex Kurtzman have written the first episodes of the series, while the second has been written by Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).
When you consider the fact – as previously released – that the show is set “about 10 years” before the five-year mission of the original series, and that it’s definitely set in the same universe as that show, and not the alternate one created for the JJ Abrams movies, that throws up a tantalising possibility.
In the original series’ unaired pilot – parts of which were re-edited and used in the episodes “The Menagerie Parts I and II” (as on-screen flashbacks) and so therefore are canon – Kirk’s predecessor Captain Pike had a female Number One (played by Majel Barrett) who was never named. She was a lieutenant and not a lieutenant commander but the similarity is so close you can’t help wondering: are they the same character?