When we last saw Star Trek: Discovery in season 2, they were boldly going where no Star Trek has gone before. Not only were they going where no Star Trek has gone before but they were blowing way past that. The set up for Star Trek: Discovery season 3 is that they’re blowing 930 years past any time period we’ve ever seen before.
WHAT IN THE FEDERATION?
The Vulcan Science Directorate has deemed that time travel to be a concept they find illogical. So then what gives? What gives is a direction showrunner Alex Kurtzman wanted to take in an effort to tie up loose ends.
Alex Kurtzman told the Hollywood Reporter, “There was so much debate about how to tie up the loose ends with canon. We felt pretty strongly that replaying the Red Angel signals and revealing ultimately that Burnham had sent them would be particularly satisfying. Especially when they go full-circle to the premiere, where she sees the Red Angel and it’s revealed that she’s been looking at herself the whole time. That’s the type of story that time travel stories do best if you get the math right. That finale was the sum total of months of work between writing it and conceptualizing it production-wise. It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done.”
Not only has Kurtzman jumped to the future for Star Trek: Discovery season 3, but he has also brought along with him Michelle Paradise as his co-showrunner with whom he speaks highly of. “Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek.’ Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the ‘Trek’ legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.”
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON 3 CAST
Back to that 930-year time jump. Season two was as much about Michael Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) character finding her purpose in the universe and where she fits as it was about Spock doing the same. So this time jump is a definite split of the USS Enterprise and the USS Discovery. Who is making the jump to Star Trek: Discovery season 3?
It is safe to assume, all those on board the Discovery when it jumped will be returning. Obviously Martin-Green’s Cmdr. Burnham will be back. Also on board were Cmdr. Saru (Doug Jones), Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Lt. Cmdr. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), Cmdr. Nhan (Rachael Ancheril), Lt. Keyla Detmer (Emily Coutts), Lt. Gen Rhys (Patrick Kwok-Choon), Lt. Nilsson (Sara Mitich), Lt. R.A. Bryce (Ronnie Rowe), Lt. Joann Owosekun (Oyin Oladejo), Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), and Jett Reno (Tig Notaro).
New to Star Trek: Discovery season 3 will be David Ajala as a character named Cleveland Booker. Booker looks to be the trouble-stirring type as he’s described as capable and smart but possessing a devil-may-care attitude that tends to find him more trouble than it helps him get out of. Ajala agrees with his character’s description. “Book is gonna be a character that’s gonna break the rules, just a little bit,” he told the San Diego Comic-Con.
The Enterprise Crew
What about the season 2 cast on the Enterprise? When last we saw them they were answering questions from Starfleet back home in the past, with the Discovery crew missing in action, never to return. That should mean that Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijin) won’t even be in Discovery season 3 since this next season is supposed to follow the Discovery into the future. Except maybe not.
Talking to Fashion Weekly in February of 2020, Rebecca Romijin revealed that she’s still working on Star Trek. She says, “I’ve also been working on Star Trek here and there, but I can’t really talk about that.”
I’d like to believe that means we’re getting the Captain Pike and the Enterprise show everyone has been clamoring for, but there’s been no sign of movement on that front at all, so it seems pretty unlikely. However, Romijin, Anson Mount, and Ethan Peck have all three appeared in Short Treks in the past. It could be that they are simply doing another one and that accounts for the “here and there”.
It could also be that Romijin and her crew will still somehow show up on Discovery. It’s the only Star Trek show even close to entering production at this point. Star Trek: Picard season one is currently airing and they aren’t shooting season two yet. Star Trek: Section 13 is a new show which they could show up on, except it isn’t shooting until after Discovery finishes. That basically leaves nothing but more Short Treks or Star Trek: Discovery as the thing Romijin is working on. Where Number One is Captain Pike and Mr. Spock are sure to follow.
THE PLOT OF SEASON 3
Questions abound. What is the Federation like 930 years into the future? What are people like?
Another important question: what about season 2’s big bad, the out of control A.I. Control? Because technically, Control went with the Discovery on its jaunt into the future. Well, Kurtzman told the Hollywood Reporter, “All I can tell you is that Control is officially neutralized, but there will be much bigger problems when they get to the other side of that wormhole.”
So no Control, no USS Enterprise, no Spock nor Pike. The slate is clean. A new universe opens up for Star Trek like never before.
One interesting battle is in store. Who owns the Captain’s chair? Is there going to be a power play? Doug Jones, who plays Cmdr Saru, told Collider of his concerns. “We jumped to the future at the end of season two. This is a big deal,” Jones said. “We’ve boldly gone where no Star Trek series has gone before… So we’re gonna see what happens in the future. What condition is the Federation in? We’re gonna find out when we land. What happens to me and my rank? I’m a Commander, but I’m also acting Captain of the ship because we lost all our captains now. I take the ship and so, do I get to keep the Captain’s chair? Do I have to give it away to another Federation/Starfleet captain in the future? We’re gonna find out all that when we get there.”
The possibilities are endless. New frontiers are opening up for Star Trek: Discovery in season 3. Kurtzman and Paradise can move Star Trek in any direction and not be held to previous tropes. Kurtzman understands the chance they’re taking in Discovery season 3 and told the audience at the New York Comic Con in October 2019, “The beauty of the promise of what we did at the end of last season is that, if we don’t deliver something completely surprising and unexpected, we will have failed.”
THE FIRST TRAILER
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 has released one trailer so far, and it’s filled with as many questions as it is answers. Take a look…
STAR TREK DISCOVERY’S SEASON 3 PREMIERE DATE
The premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery season 3 is fluid. Why you might ask? Presently the Star Trek universe is crowded. The goal is to have something Star Trek related up and running at all times.
Kurtzman says, “The intention is to have something Star Trek on the air all the time, but not necessarily on top of each other. These shows take a minimum of a year to develop, make, produce and post. We want to make sure we’re never compromising our loyalty with both our aesthetic and storytelling. We’re never going to rush anything out that isn’t ready.”
At the moment the Star Trek universe has Discovery, Short Treks, and Star Trek: Picard running. In pre-production or production are a few more: Star Trek: Lower Decks, Section 31 and an animated series from Nickelodeon.
Kurtzman got on Deadline’s Crew Call podcast and told fans, “We are on episode five of season three of Discovery. We’re far along.” Still, that doesn’t quite nail down a premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery season 3 but if we go by past premiere dates, look for Star Trek: Discovery’s season 3 to come in around the spring/summer timeframe. (I know!) We’ll be sure to update this once we get more specific word.
The Future Of Star Trek: Discovery
We know we’re getting Discovery season 3, but how many more seasons are we getting after that? The answer, it seems, is at least two.
Word is that CBS has five total seasons planned out for Star Trek: Discovery. This is the same number of seasons they’ve said they have planned for Star Trek: Picard, which is currently in its first season. It’s always possible the show could get more, but right now they’re only planning for five.
Meanwhile there are also rumblings that at some point Star Trek: Discovery might spin off into a movie. If they’re smart, they’ll make that movie about Captain Pike and the crew of the Enterprise, since so far CBS seems to have been resistant to giving us that as a television show. Anson Mount’s Captain Pike belongs on the big screen.