Star Trek: Discovery season 3 has been beamed to your streaming devices back in January 2019 at the united kingdom. But after it wrapped up in April, our sights were firmly centered on the next mission, which was formally confirmed.
“The huge success of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from Star Trek lovers,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access.
“With [showrunners] Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we anticipate ongoing Star Trek: Discovery’s journey, developing the Star Trek franchise on CBS All entry and bringing fans fresh Star Trek stories for many years to come.”
Although time traveling was officially deemed impossible according to the Vulcan Science Directorate we can still speculate about what’s going to happen in Discovery season 3.
Join us as we compile all of the most recent information to get a feature that is regularly-updated that Trekkers will want to bookmark and check back before season three drops.
Here is what you want to know.
Star Trek Discovery season 3 Release Date
Season one premiered in September 2017, with year two dropping at the beginning of 2019 it hit on UK screens the day.
So when can we expect the next batch?
“Picard is shooting, we’ve broken the entire year and I am rather happy with the scripts,” Kurtzman told Deadline’s Crew Call podcast in June 2019. “We’re on episode five of season three of Discovery. We. Picard is [filming] in Los Angeles and Discovery is currently in Toronto, and future Trek reveals I believe will be in Toronto.”
Gretchen J Berg and Aaron Harberts were functioning to Bryan Fuller’s schedule for the first period (they replaced him as showrunners in 2016), and they then made way for Kurtzman and Paradise.
“Michelle [Paradise] joined us midway through season two and energized the area with her ferocious knowledge of Trek.
“Her grasp of character and narrative detail, her focus have already become essential in making sure the Trek heritage, along with her fresh perspective consistently keeps us waiting.
“I’m proud to state Michelle and I’m running Star Trek: Discovery together.”
But despite Paradise submitting the following discussion in January, indicating that the premiere inched closer, the world situation threw a spanner throughout the board in the works for TV and movie productions.
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) January 17, 2020
Before the situation we find ourselves in now, many anticipated the next chapter to get there in 2020. But Wilson Cruz, who plays Dr. Hugh Culber, told fans that it wasn’t quite ready to go just yet: “In regards to #startrekdiscovery season 3. It is coming, but it can be a little more than we thought. It’s coming through!”
I didn’t see @albinokid’s comment this morning on #InstagramLive… but see for yourself in regards to #startrekdiscovery season 3. It’s coming, but it may be a little longer than we thought… It’s coming though! https://t.co/Ne5srvUogd
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) March 18, 2020
Star Trek Discovery season 3 Cast
When we left season two, the following were all present and correct: Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru (Doug Jones), Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Nhan (Rachael Ancheril), Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), Nilsson (Sara Mitich), Gen Rhys (Patrick Kwok-Choon), Keyla Detmer (Emily Coutts), Joann Owosekun (Oyin Oladejo), RA Bryce (Ronnie Rowe), Jett Reno (Tig Notaro) and Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).
Speaking of Yeoh, there was concern that she might be overly busy with her own Star Trek show, Section 31, but the spin-off reportedly won’t start filming until after Discovery season three has wrapped, and she appears from the Discovery trailer — so that’s that settled.
There are also new developments Anson Mount (Christopher Pike) and Ethan Peck (Spock).
Star of Syfy series Nightflyers, David Ajala, was also declared to have joined the show as a series regular.
Variety reported that the statement was made in the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel in July, where the actor revealed he’ll be playing a new character called Cleveland Booker, or Novel.
“Novel is going to be a personality that breaks the rules a bit,” he said.
Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter at 2019about whether year three will concentrate on some other members of the bridge team since the show previously did with Lieutenant Commander Miriam, Kurtzman said: “Absolutely. We only scratched the surface.
“Our bridge crew is indeed competent. Every single person rose to the event this year and is lovely. What we discovered is we as well as the fans delight in stories being told about them. We are going to be using them all much. Especially because this team has sacrificed their lives for each other. They’ve jumped 950 years to the future for one another. If we did not support them, we’d be doing something very wrong.”
Star Trek Discovery season 3 Plot
Jonathan Frakes, who played with Will Riker from the Trek universe and has directed several episodes of Discovery, told Comic Book that fans can anticipate a light-hearted tone at the upcoming events.
“Discovery has mostly to do with Sonequa’s character, as you’ll see,” he said. “At the end of season 2, we flash-forwarded I presume 930 decades. Michael Burnham has discovered a brand new core, not to mention a partner. So there’s a shift on that show, wherever she went off to and more about the bewitching reunification of the Discovery crew and less driven by remorse and the pain of her previous.
“God knows where she went as Red Angel. So those two things coming back together is very much the theme, and how everyone is and what’s next. It has got a lot of action-adventure and not so much pain”
The”partner in crime” he mentions is Book, played with Ajala.
Back to Spock. Expect the personality to be very distinct in season three we met in season two.
“Part of what I enjoy about the chance of this season is the fact that it’s the untold chapter of Spock,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman stated of the character in year two. “And we could only tell it this season.
“Spock has experienced something in the signals and the red angel that has violated his logical mind. He cannot figure it out and he is to deal with this. So both logic and emotion are failing him completely and that he isn’t the character we understand at the beginning of TOS.
“This is really about how Spock becomes that personality and evolves to the Spock we know from TOS. And also the chapter is.
“During their relationship and the issues they’ve had with each other, Spock figures out on the line between logic and emotion he resides, or how to hold them both in balance or who he wants to be.”
Like Spock will be in a very different place at the beginning of period three, it sounds to us.
The emotional center of the series is something that Frakes talked about previously (via Trek Movie): “Locating a future that is certainly futuristic but is sensible to shoot was fascinating. You can’t get caught up in the tech. It’s about maintaining a basic core of why we are there, which is to inform emotionally persuasive stories.”
A significant story difficulty why does Spock mention using a bond with Michael Burnham from the series is highlighted by the addition of a character that is substantial?
“We’re syncing up with canon [this season],” Alex Kurtzman said. “We know we’re 10 years pre-TOS but there are a whole lot of big questions.
“Like, how come Spock has never mentioned a half-sister, Michael Burnham? This year is all about knowing what that relationship is. By the end of the season, we’ll be synced with canon.”
So, with all the CBS series serving as a prequel to the original Star Trek, set ten years before the adventures of Kirk and Spock, anticipate season three to tie more carefully to plot points at the original Trek when it’s completely synced up.
Kurtzman said at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21: “Clearly we made a pretty radical jump into the future at the end of year two — we’re going almost 1000 years into the future in season three (950 to be exact ), which is mad. Further, than any Trek series has gone before.”
He added: “Part of the pleasure of this is that we get to honor canon but shake it up hugely.”
But why did they choose to go in the future?
“There was a lot of debate about how to tie up the loose ends using canon,” Kurtzman told THR. “We felt quite strongly that replaying the Red Angel signs and revealing ultimately that Burnham had shipped them would be particularly satisfying. Especially when they go full-circle into the premiere, where the Red Angel is seen by her and it is revealed that she has been looking at herself the whole time.
“That’s the type of narrative that time travel stories do best if you have the math right. This finale was the total of months of work between writing it and conceptualizing it production-wise. It. We felt like we had been excited about what we had been doing that 100 percent daily was just brought by everybody. It was gratifying.”
Another aspect to expect from season three is that a heavy dose of nostalgia. Among the season’s regular directors, Jonathan Frakes told a panel at the 2019 Fan Expo Canada that fans will see Discovery adopt Star Trek’s old-school optimism since the series moves to its third round.
“I can tell you this much about season three of Discovery: it is much more optimistic,” Frakes told the audiences.
“They have gotten themselves from the Mirror Universe… Following Gene died, a few of the writers decided that Deep Space Nine should perhaps have another tone, and that, I believe, it did to particular degrees of success…
“I’m here to share that Discovery is taking a more optimistic, traditional Star Trek approach in next season.”
As for the way Michael Burnham will change in Discovery season three, TrekMovie put the question right to Sonequa Martin-Green, and her answer was intriguing:
“Oh my. I wish I could let you know. I’m very excited because there’s been a deep deep shift to talk about it. As we see in the trailer which we just released, there’s been a season, and there has been an inevitable maturation in this calendar year, and change is. it is connected to the very future that we’re in, and it will… (laughs) basically, there is a host of issues that this new perspective presents, an entirely brand-new tapestry of battle.
“And so the change, you may see it reverberating through the whole season, this change that has happened. And I love and I appreciate the authors for it since it’s become a sort of cornerstone for Michael Burnham, is to be in continuous search for who I am and that I need to be versus who I’ve been engineered and designed to be. And so that question of identity, it is ramped up to the nth degree”
The future-jump has lots of implications for Doug Jones’ Saru, also (through Collider).
“We jumped to the future at the end of season two. This is a big deal,” Jones said. “We have boldly gone where no Star Trek series has gone before. So we are gonna see what happens in the future.
“What’s the Federation in? We are gonna find out when we land. What happens to my position and me? I am a Commander, because we lost all our captains now but I am also acting Captain of this ship. I take the boat and so, do I get to keep the Captain’s chair? Do I need to give it away to another Federation/Starfleet captain? We are gonna find out all that when we get there.”
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 trailer
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) October 5, 2019