Trekkies rejoice! Star Trek: Discovery took over Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con and had a lot to get fans to get excited about. Although they did not give too much away in terms of season 2 of Discovery, they did offer some details on what we can expect for our characters.
The panel was moderated by Tig Notaro, who will guest star in season 2 as Chief Engineer Reno. Executive producers Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman took the stage with stars Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike).
Below is a summary of what was announced at the panel:
A first-look trailer for season 2 kicked off the panel. It was revealed that Rebecca Romijn will star in this new season in the role of Number One, originally played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Kurtzman also revealed the Michael Burnham’s foster-brother, Spock, will indeed have an appearance on the show.
Dr. Hugh Culber (played by Wilson Cruz) will return, but the panel didn’t reveal the details on how or why. Cruz reminded us that: “Gay love saved the universe.“
L’Rell and Ash Tyler will have their storylines fleshed out as they navigate their unfamiliar roles in life, and we will see more of their unorthodox relationship.
It was also announced that we will be getting a four-episode spinoff series of shorts. The series will begin in December and will tie into Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 premiere in January. The four-episode series of shorts will delve deeper and expand the Star Trek universe. Each episode will be 10-15 minutes long and consist of a stand-alone story. The episodes will represent an opportunity to explore key characters and themes which will fit into Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery villain, Harry Mudd (played by Rainn Wilson), will return in one of the shorts; Wilson is also set to direct it. Aldis Hodge will star as Craft in one of the shorts – Craft is the only human trapped on a deserted ship. Doug Jones will reprise his role as Saru in an episode that will serve as a backstory of him being the first Kelpien to join Starfleet. Mary Wiseman’s Tilly will also star in a short and we will see her develop a friendship with an unlikely partner aboard the Discovery.
Kurtzman stated that Star Trek Discovery will fit into Star Trek canon. season 2 will offer answers to some Trekkies’ burning questions. “Family” is the theme this season and he said, “So much of what is happening over the course of season 2 is going to test [the characters] constantly. They may even have to make choices between their real families and their Star Trek families. Family theme is going to be a huge part of it.”
Star Trek: Discovery premieres in January on CBS All-Access. Check out the first-look trailer now: