SDCC 2019: 'Star Trek: Discovery' creators reveal 1,000-year time jump in season 3 and introduce new cast member David Ajala
Creator Alex Kurtzman revealed that the third season is about going 1000 years into the future and there would be huge changes. Star Trek: Discovery's third season is likely to hit the small screens by January 2020.
The San Diego Comic-Con 2019 saw fans flock to Hall H to attend the 'Star Trek: Discovery' panel. The most iconic sci-fi franchise forayed into television and CBS brought 'Star Trek' to the small screen with brand new series and sequels. A slew of special guests from 'Star Trek: Discovery' took the stage. At the panel for the show, actors Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Paradise, David Ajala and creators Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman discussed the latest season of the series.
As reported by Comicbook, Kurtzman said that the third season is about going 1000 years into the future and there would be huge changes. "We get to honor Canon but shake it up hugely. We're not erasing anything, so don't worry," Kurtzman added. The season 2 finale ended on a cliffhanger with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the Discovery fleet heading through a wormhole and projecting themselves 950 years into the future.
Season 3 will also see David Ajala make his way to the show. Talking about his role, Ajala said that he plays Book, a character who is a rule-breaker and does that right from the season's start. The panel also showed a photo of Book and Burnham. Martin-Green, who plays Burnham stated: "We go to the deepest level of Discovery in Season 3 because we're in this new place together. We have to figure out where we are and who we are. It's exciting."
Kurtzman added that there would also be new characters over the course of the season. "They (the discovery crew) choose each other for eternity and leave their families behind. People you’ve met will take center stage, there will be a ton of new characters. The thing that defines Trek is that it’s always about the little, always about the humans, the interspecial interaction. Our focus is on what does it mean and what does it do for the characters? "
Kurtzman also made it known during the panel that Short Treks, the 15-minute long mini-episodes that flesh out secondary characters and stories, will also be getting a six-episode run. There's great news for fans as Ethan Peck is back as Spock in one, as is Anson Mount's Captain Pike. The final Short Trek will act as Picard TV show teaser, and two other Short Treks will be animated.
While the official release date hasn't been announced yet, 'Star Trek: Discovery's third season is likely to hit the small screens by January 2020. The sci-fi epic stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Rachael Ancheril, Sara Mitich, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe, Michelle Yeoh, and Tig Notaro.