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After just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery was renewed for a second season. Michael Burnham and her crewmates will return for more adventures, although given Discovery‘s dramatic track record, there’s no way to predict what will happen next.

Season 2’s first teaser arrived on April 26, giving us a behind-the-scenes look new costumes, aliens, and starship sets. The voiceover includes clips from Michael Burnham alongside Spock and Captain Pike in the Original Series, but the most notable detail is the uniforms. For the Enterprise crew, it looks like Discovery will return to a version of the Starfleet uniforms we saw in the Original Series, including red minidresses as worn by Uhura and gold shirts like Captain Kirk.

Here’s everything we know so far about Star Trek: Discovery season 2.

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Star Trek: Discovery season 2 news

CBS fired showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts on June 14, five episodes into filming season 2. Longtime executive producer Alex Kurtzman will take over as the new showrunner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this abrupt changeover was due to budgetary concerns and abusive workplace behavior, with some writers allegedly threatening to quit over Berg and Harberts’ verbal harassment.

Star Trek: Discovery season 2 cast

Discovery’s crew is expected to return for season 2: Michael Burnham, Saru, Stamets, Tyler, and Tilly. CBS revealed the first new character in an epilogue scene for season 1, shared in March 2018. It sees Mirrorverse Georgiou meet up with a guy named Leland (Alan Van Sprang), who will have an important role next season.

star trek discovery season 2 Star Trek: Discovery/CBS All Access The finale ended with two casting-related cliffhangers. The Discovery’s crew are on their way to pick up their (unnamed) new captain, when they come into contact with the U.S.S. Enterprise. This means that along with a new captain, we’ll meet a young Spock, likely exploring his childhood connection to Michael Burnham. We’ll also see the Enterprise’s Captain Christopher Pike and his first officer, Number One—Bryan Fuller’s original inspiration for Burnham.

Anson Mount will play the Enterprise’s Captain Pike according to an announcement on April 9. Entertainment Weekly tactfully describes him as the star of Hell on Wheels. However, Star Trek’s audience is more likely to recognize him as Black Bolt from Marvel’s ill-fated Inhumans miniseries.

Will we see more characters from the original 1960s series? Discovery is set 10 years before the adventures of Captain Kirk’s crew, and season 1 featured supporting roles for Spock’s parents and the recurring villain Harry Mudd. Now that Discovery has made a name for itself in its own right, will the creators feel able to include more Original Series callbacks?

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Star Trek: Discovery season 2

Filming began on April 16, as per Doug Jones, who posted a video of himself shaving off his hair in preparation for Saru’s alien prosthetics.

Director and former Next Generation star Jonathan Frakes will return to direct two more episodes in season 2. At El Paso Comic Con, he revealed that a young Spock will appear in episode 2. However, this won’t be the young Starfleet officer we expect to meet onboard the Enterprise; it’s a flashback with Michael Burnham, so he’s probably a child.

Star Trek: Discovery season 2 plot

For obvious reasons, Discovery‘s creators have not said much about their plans for season 2. However, producer Alex Kurtzman has hinted that the show will move away from its Klingon war premise. In an interview with Digital Spy, he said:

“Each season needs to be about a different thing. I wouldn’t necessarily want to bring the Klingon War into season two. However, the results of the war are going to allow for a lot of new storytelling that will be the result of everything that happens and the people that are left behind; the casualties, the things that have grown in Starfleet as a result of the war. That’s what we’ll inherit in the second season.”

According to a panel at WonderCon in March 2018, Star Trek: Discovery season 2 will have “a more exploratory and diplomatic tone.” It will also “show how Discovery fits into the Prime timeline,” which was already kind of obvious, given the introduction of Spock and the Enterprise. And, as we learned from the season 1 epilogue scene, it will involve the mysterious Section 31, which previously appeared in Deep Space 9 and Enterprise.

Thanks to the ship’s dimension-hopping capabilities, we may see more universe beyond the classic Mirrorverse. Our main clue is that the cast and showrunners have said Stamets and Culber’s story isn’t over. That means we’ll either meet another Culber from an alternate dimension, or Stamets will continue to see Culber’s ghost in the mycelial network.


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Star Trek: Discovery season 2 trailer

With production due to begin April 2018, we won’t see a trailer for a while. However, you can watch the extra epilogue scene with Georgiou and Leland, which gives us a hint of things to come.

How to watch Star Trek: Discovery season 2

The details for Star Trek: Discovery season 2 haven’t arrived yet, but it’s safe to assume that you’re going to need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch it in the U.S. The streaming service costs $5.99 per month, and Star Trek: Discovery is pretty much the only reason why anyone should even consider adding it to their monthly bills.

In Canada, season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery aired on sci-fi channels Space (in English) and Z (in French) and online on streaming service CraveTV, while international viewers were able to watch the show 24 hours after it aired stateside on Netflix.

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Star Trek: Discovery season 2 release date

Discovery‘s first season is split into two “chapters,” with chapter 2 arriving on Jan. 7, 2018. While we don’t have an official release date yet, we expect season 2 will air in early 2019.

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.

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