With the new trailer for Season 2, Star Trek: Discovery appears to have finally figured out how to be Star Trek.
We got our first look at the newly reinvented U.S.S. Enterprise during the final scenes of the final episode of the previous season. This new trailer gives us some very solid hints at what lay before us for the second season of the most controversial Trek series in recent memory.
Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the Enterprise will be facing as they embark on a galaxy-wide search for her adoptive brother Spock (Ethan Peck). Spock has taken a leave of absence from his role as science officer aboard the Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) to solve a great mystery. The trailer was just shown at New York Comic Con 2018 this weekend.
Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou makes a return, except it’s possibly not her. It’s a shapeshifter, and there’s a massive question mark surrounding that one. Is this the Mirror Universe Georgiou that’s been modified or altered in some way? Was she always a shapeshifter? Is this a shapeshifter adopting her identity? Or was she always the top agent in Starfleet’s Section 31 (and a shapeshifter on top of it)?
Ethan Peck as Spock is rocking a beard, which makes us ask more questions. The last time Spock wore a beard of any kind was in Mirror, Mirror, and in that episode it was an evil Spock working for the Terran Empire. Is this Spock from the Mirror Universe? Star Trek: Discovery has been playing so fast and loose with canon that there’s no way one could assert this without a measure of doubt.
Rebecca Romijn makes her appearance as Number One, the second in command of the Enterprise under Captain Pike (Majel Barrett had this role in the series pilot).
And Klingons have hair again (which is good, because the whole hairless-and-immersed-in-so-much-silicone-they-can’t-move thing just wasn’t working).
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery featured spit-take inducing plot holes at the rate of at least once per episode, and the producers laid claim to strict adherence to canon despite discarding it at every turn. The furor over the treatment of Star Trek fan projects by CBS is still roiling in social media.
Somehow, though, CBS’ gamble that the fans would forget all about the bad blood once they saw just how cool the new season of Star Trek was going to be is paying off. The climate in social media has turned in their favor, and frankly CBS has earned it by finally taking their prized franchise seriously.
This new season of Star Trek: Discovery finally looks, sounds and feels like Star Trek. The tone is bright and hopeful. The characters are open, relating to one another and finally seem happy to be there and happy to be doing what they’re doing. The sense of adventure has finally been embraced, and that vital spark that makes Star Trek what it is has finally been kindled.
Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season will premiere on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the U.S. and Canada, and in the rest of the world on Friday, January 18, 2019. After the January 17 premiere night, all-new episodes of Discovery’s 13-episode second season will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S.