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Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS All Access for a third season on October 15, 2020.

Today is Star Trek Day, marking the 54th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series† CBS All Access celebrated by streaming a full day of programming related to the franchise, including several panels for the current and upcoming series. CBS released the first trailer for: Star Trek: Discoverythe third season.

(Spoilers for the first two seasons below.)

Discovery is a prequel to the original Star Trekabout 10 years before Captain Kirk and his crew hit the USS. took over Company and boldly went where no man had gone before. Starring Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, an orphaned human raised on the planet Vulcan by none other than Sarek (James Frain) and his human wife, Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner), aka Spock’s parents, which makes her Spock’s adoptive sister. †

As I’ve written before, in S1 Michael had a promising career as a USS First Officer Shenzhou led by Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) – until a desperate act to avoid a war with the Klingons drove her to disobey orders and essentially mutiny. Casualties abounded. The broad storyline of the season was partly her redemption story, when she joined the crew of the USS. added Discovery at the behest of Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs). The rest of the season consisted of battling the Klingons and traveling to a mirror universe, with some major consequences. The last shot showed Discovery meeting with the USS Company

In the second season, Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) temporarily replaced Lorca as captain of the Discovery While the Company underwent repairs, with Rebecca Romijn making her debut as Number One. There was more of a return to the classic standalone episode structure, with a season-long arc featuring the mysterious appearances of a “Red Angel” and a rogue Starfleet AI called Control that attempted to wipe out all living life in the universe. That’s where Spock came in: He’s had recurring visions of the Red Angel since childhood and teamed up with his estranged sister, Michael, and the rest of the Discovery crew to thwart Control’s evil plan.

The big reveal was that the Red Angel was actually a time travel suit worn by Michael’s mother. She had accidentally jumped 950 years into a bleak future where all sentient life had been destroyed by Control and had traveled through time leaving behind signals (the Red Angel visions) in hopes of changing that future. In the two-part final of S2, Michael donned a copy of her mother’s suit to lead Discovery more than 930 years in the future. The crew of the Company told Starfleet that Discovery was destroyed in battle and ordered never to speak of it or the crew again. Spock was unable to accompany Michael and the rest of the crew on that journey, if only to preserve the canonical timeline. The good news is that a spin-off series featuring Pike, Number One, and Spock aboard the USS Companyis already in development – probably also a prequel to TOS, given what we know about Pike’s ultimate fate.

The third season will explore the crew’s adventures in that unknown future. According to the official synopsis: “After making the jump in the second season finale, season three of” Star Trek: Discovery finds the USS Discovery crew falling out of the wormhole and into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time of uncertainty, the USS Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must fight together to regain a hopeful future.”

When CBS announced it had been extended ST: disco for a third season, we also learned that writer and producer Michelle Paradise would be promoted to co-executive producer alongside Alex Kurtzman, who took over the show during S2 after the previous showrunners left amid workplace controversy. During today’s panel, Kurtzman revealed that the United Federation of Planets still exists in this distant iteration, but in a significantly smaller and weakened form. S3’s mission is to restore the Federation to its former glory.

Oh, and apparently this season will also feature a space cat:

In the trailer, Michael lands on a mysterious planet in the future and discovers that life forms still exist there. The Discovery crashed, but the crew is intact. Michael also gets a handsome love interest this season in the form of Book (David Ajala), who tells her about a mysterious event called “the Burn” – “the day the galaxy went to the left.” Fan favorite Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) appears to be in fine fighting form. And Michael looks set to grow into a formidable leader, undaunted by the challenges they face. “A federation isn’t all about ships,” she says. “A federation is its people.”

The third season of Star Trek: Discovery is scheduled to debut on October 15, 2020, on CBS All Access.

List image by YouTube/CBS All Access

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