Star Trek Discovery’s Doug Jones has learned to ‘question authority’ thanks to playing Saru
Doug Jones has said that his role of Saru in Star Trek: Discovery has caused him to ‘question authority’ as his characters life as the result of a dictatorship is played out on screen.
‘There are absolute similarities,’ Doug told Hollywood Reporter. ‘In the Short Treks episode The Brightest Star, you get to see where I come from and what terms I left.
‘The “watchful eye” and the Ba’ul have provided something called the “great balance,” and we’ve been duped into thinking it’s just the way it is, and our part is to be swallowed up and controlled. And we just accepted that.’
However, as the ideology falls apart, viewers have been Saru come into his own, and he added: ‘I’m not fearful anymore, which changes everything.’
‘They’ve been lying to us the entire time,’ he continued. ‘It does make you question authority in general. Is authority always right? Do we just bow down to it and never question it?
‘Citizens of countries that are being suppressed might want to stop and ask that question.’
The Kelpian Starfleet officer took centre stage in the latest episode, The Sound of Thunder, when he returned to his own world after trekking through space for the past 18 years.
Attempting to try and liberate his people from the oppressive leaders of the planet, the Ba’ul.
Though as always, that is a lot easier said than done, and alongside Burnham they set out on a mission to save Saru’s family before they’re wiped out.
‘When I played these episodes, current affairs and current politics were not going through my mind at all. I was so immersed in Saru’s personal story,’ the actor said.
‘What related to my particular heart more was anyone who has hopes and dreams that are above and beyond where they’re at right now.’
Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS in the US and on Netflix in the UK.
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