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Tig Notaro In Star Trek: Discovery Explained


  • Tig Notaro’s dry humor as Commander Jett Reno made her a fan favorite on Star Trek: Discovery.
  • Discovery brought Star Trek into the era of streaming TV, sparking a new golden age for the franchise.
  • Despite the end of Discovery, there’s a possibility Jett Reno could return in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.

Comedian Tig Notaro joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery in season 2, and her dry humor made her a quick fan favorite. Discovery brought Star Trek into the era of streaming television, launching a new golden age for the franchise. Following Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery, Star Trek: Discovery explored many different kinds of stories throughout its five seasons and introduced some amazing new characters to the Star Trek universe.

Having previously worked with Tig Notaro, Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek executive producer and Star Trek: Discovery‘s co-creator, reached out to her and asked her to join Discovery‘s cast. Notaro had watched Star Trek: The Original Series as a child and jumped at the chance to be a part of such an iconic franchise. As Commander Jett Reno, Notaro not only got to deliver some of Discovery’s funniest dialogue, but also brought a different energy to the show. Reno helped save the USS Discovery on numerous occasions. Notaro appeared in 19 of Discovery’s 65 episodes, revealing little snippets about her character’s fascinating history along the way.

Tig Notaro’s character was originally called Denise Reno, but Notaro hated it and suggested the nickname Jett as a tribute to Joan Jett. And the character does feel more like a Jett than a Denise.


Star Trek: Discovery’s Tig Notaro Talks Season 5, Her Casting Story, And Jett Reno’s Future

Screen Rant interviews Star Trek: Discovery’s Tig Notaro about playing Commander Jett Reno and how she always gets the funniest lines.

Tig Notaro Played Jett Reno In Star Trek: Discovery

“Fine, then I’ll just follow you for the witty repartee.”

Jett Reno quickly became one of Star Trek: Discovery’s funniest characters, and her quips and sarcastic remarks never failed to steal a scene. After being rescued by Commander Burnham and Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) from the crash site of the USS Hiawatha, Reno joined the USS Discovery’s crew as an engineer, often butting heads with Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp). Reno traveled with Discovery to the 32nd century and proved helpful in the investigation of the Burn and the Dark Matter Anomaly, as well as the search for the Progenitors’ treasure. Reno had worked many odd jobs throughout her life, including VIP shuttle pilot, welder, bartender, and smuggler.

Tig Notaro began her entertainment career in the music industry before turning to stand-up comedy. Notaro has released numerous stand-up albums and comedy specials, written a memoir entitled I’m Just a Person, and been featured in a Showtime documentary called Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro. In 2012, Notaro was diagnosed with breast cancer, and much of her work following that diagnosis reflected on her cancer journey. Notaro has also appeared in many popular television shows and films, including The Sarah Silverman Program, Instant Family, Transparent, Army of the Dead, We Have a Ghost, and The Morning Show.

Notaro starred in a six-episode semi-autobiographical TV show for Amazon Prime Video called
One Mississippi,
following her character as she returns to her hometown after her mother’s death.

Will Tig Notaro Return As Jett Reno In Star Trek?

Reno could pop up in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy or another Trek project.

Star Trek Discovery Coming Home Jett Reno 1

Despite the end of Star Trek: Discovery, the upcoming spin-off Star Trek: Starfleet Academy leaves the door open for Discovery’s characters to return. Starfleet Academy will be set in Discovery’s 32nd century, and will follow several young cadets as they navigate life at the Academy. Although nothing has been confirmed regarding any returning Star Trek:Discovery characters, Notaro’s Jett Reno would be a perfect choice for a guest lecturer at the Academy. In Discovery’s series finale, Lt. Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) mentioned starting a mentorship program at Starfleet Academy, and Reno would also make a fun mentor.

It remains to be seen what Jett Reno’s future holds, but Tig Notaro has said she would love to continue playing the character. Whether in Starfleet Academy or an as-yet-unannounced project, Commander Reno would be a welcome presence in any Star Trek story. Maybe time travel shenanigans would even allow Reno to visit Star Trek: Strange New Worlds or pop up in animated form on Star Trek: Lower Decks. This is Star Trek, after all, and anything is possible. Regardless, Tig Notaro’s Jett Reno was a great addition to Star Trek: Discovery and the Star Trek family.


Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery is an entry in the legendary Sci-Fi franchise, set ten years before the original Star Trek series events. The show centers around Commander Michael Burnham, assigned to the USS Discovery, where the crew attempts to prevent a Klingon war while traveling through the vast reaches of space.

Release Date
September 24, 2017


Alex Kurtzman

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