It’s finally here! After almost a year of waiting, Star Trek: Discovery is boldly re-entering our lives for a Spocktacular second season of space shenanigans. But considering it’s been so long, we thought we’d remind you of where the good old USS Discovery found itself by the end of the first season.
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There’s a lot of great stuff coming in 2019, but few things have us as curious as The Twilight Zone reboot. On one hand, it’s an iconic franchise that could lose some of its lustre by coming back. On the other hand, the more we hear about it, the better it sounds. In case you’ve missed all that’s going on around the show, here’s everything we know so far.
We’d heard the rumours, but now it’s official: Michelle Yeoh will helm her very own Star Trek series. But she won’t be taking to the Captain’s chair—CBS has altogether more secretive plans for her.
It feels like Alex Kurtzman has been talking about Star Trek: Discovery’s approach to canon pretty much since the dawn of time (or at least, since everyone found out the show was set before the original Trek). Discovery’s already had to toe a pretty weird line when it comes to its approach to Star Trek’s past, but in his latest musing, Kurtzman makes a pretty good point.
Turns out when you a) kill your good figure of authority two episodes in and b) replace them with a morally grey scapegoat you eventually reveal is an alt-universe, MAGA-quoting, colossal space-tool, you don’t really have the time to get into the heady moral questions of the day.
So it’s a good job Star Trek: Discovery is changing things up for season two.
Harry Mudd’s escapades in the fourth and final Star Trek: Discovery minisode might have been the most delightful of the whole set — but aside from bringing some much-needed levity to the proceedings, for star Rainn Wilson, its climax represented a new challenge.
Star Trek: Short Treks has so far been the perfect way to while away the time until Discovery’s return in a few weeks. “The Escape Artist,” the fourth and final minisode in the series, shines a spotlight on the infamous Harcourt Fenton Mudd — and to learn more, we spoke to Mudd himself, Rainn Wilson.
We all love Star Trek for its moral core, the way it presents heroes that champion utopian ideals and diplomacy and a love of scientific curiosity over hostility and division (although the bits where spaceships phaser-and-torpedo the shit out of everything are also good). But every once in a while we need a reminder that it’s equally good when it’s just having a bit of a laugh.
And now, after all the teasing and waiting, not only do we get to learn more about what he’s up to, we get to see him reunite with his sister... and things aren’t going to well for either the universe or Spock and Burnham, it seems.
Lt. Saru is one of Star Trek: Discovery's most fascinating characters — not just as a previously unseen species within the canon, but because he brings with him the question of how a member of his seemingly ever-fearful race ever got into boldly going. The latest Short Treks episode masterfully delivers on exploring both of those fascinations.
Stop right there, put it online, we’re watching. But The Twilight Zone has since been adding major talent to its cast list and, with each announcement, we can’t believe how great it’s starting to sound.
Although Star Trek is predominantly set in a utopian future where humanity has solved its problems and ventured out into the stars to explore the cosmos and forge peaceful new alliances, every once in a while the series likes to show a dark mirror to the price of maintaining paradise—and Starfleet does it with Section 31.
Star Trek: Discovery's latest episode in its bite-sized Short Treks series doesn't feature a fan-favourite character from the show like the previous instalment did. But "Calypso" does have one familiar element — Discovery's titular ship, though presented in a way we may never see again.
Executive producer Michael Chabon is helping bring back one of Star Trek's greatest captains, with a new show centred around Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played once again by Patrick Stewart). Chabon and his other writers have a lot to live up to — not just with honouring Picard's legacy, but also the decades of Star Trek canon that have shaped several shows and films. Based on a recent interview, his approach is pretty healthy: Follow the canon where you can, but find places to make it your own.
The announcement that Star Trek: Discovery’s Michael Burnham was actually Spock’s adoptive sister raised a few Vulcan eyebrows, and that was before Spock himself was added to the season two cast. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman is doubling down on his promise that this version of Spock isn’t going to muck up the timeline. All I can say is: Challenge accepted.
It’s a great time to be a Star Trek: Discovery fan, but it’s an even better time to be a fan of Sylvia Tilly. Whether it’s in the first episode of Short Treks, Star Trek Online, or even Discovery’s home release, the someday future captain is all over Star Trek. To celebrate, we spoke with Tilly herself, Mary Wiseman, about what to look forward to.