Last week at Comic-Con CBS debuted a “First Look” trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season two. There’s a lot to unpack: Captain Pike takes command of the USS Discovery, a galactic mystery is brought to light, Spock is talked about, an engineer cracks wise, a Saurian sneezes, and more! We’ve grouped the screenshots by theme, while it’s not 100% certain, it’s pretty clear some of the bits we see throughout the trailer belong together.
A message hidden in the stars
The story theme for season 2 has been described as “the struggle between facts and feelings and faith,” and we see something of that in the first few minutes of the trailer. In the middle of explosions and panic Burnham has a moment, she looks up and sees a strange being.
When we last left the USS Discovery…
Who could forget the cliffhanger ending from season one? Captain Pike beams aboard the USS Discovery and takes command. He cites Starfleet Regulation 19, Section C — a directive for taking emergency command of a starship when an imminent threat is detected.
The question remains as to why Pike needed to take command of the USS Discovery. It could simply be that the Enterprise was out of commission, or it could be that there is special technology available on the Discovery that suits his mission. In the trailer we see a group of spherical devices deployed, which may be equipment unique to the Discovery.
Let’s talk Spock
We get a look at Spock’s quarters. Check out the TOS-like circular grid used as a room separator. Spock’s quarters also have red walls possibly as a nod to the red curtains we saw in TOS. Also in his quarters are a 3D chess set, a Vulcan lyre, and Vulcan ceremonial chimes.
The Discovery’s rocky encounter
The Discovery leaves the Enterprise behind, from the worker bees we see around the Enterprise, it seems as if it was damaged. Possibly from trying to navigate the rocky area of space we see in the trailer.
Flight of the asteroid bees
Likely another kind of special scientific equipment the Discovery was carrying, the ship launches special single person craft to navigate the rocky area of space.
On a baren surface
From the looks of things, this nasty place is where we’ll encounter the USS Hiawatha, or what’s left of it. We also get our first meeting with Tig Notaro’s character Chief Engineer Reno of the USS Hiawatha.
Stamets and Tilly use the power of math
Tilly and Stamets cook up some new “weird science” in the shuttle bay. It looks like a device for a fragment of the rock found in the mysterious region of space.
More Discovery moments
Here are few other moment from the trailer. Note that Captain Pike changes uniforms into the standard Discovery version after he takes command.
A few observations
The fate of the USS Hiawatha (NCC-815)
It looks like the Hiawatha may be wrecked in the rocky region of space.
The redshirted officer Pike brings with him to the USS Discovery is named Lt. Nhan, played by actress Rachael Ancheril. Nhan appears to need a small breathing apparatus and has alien makeup similar to the Barzan species from TNG: “The Price.” Of course there are certainly other alien species out there that might need different mixtures of gasses, so she may not be a Barzan at all. We’ll hopefully find out more in the new year when Discovery comes back.
More to Season 2
This “First Look” trailer appears to be primarily be from the first two episodes of Season 2. There’s quite a bit more to the season that we have yet to see. We know Discovery will continue to follow the Klingon politics on Qo’noS with Chancellor L’Rell and Voq/Tyler. We also know Dr. Hugh Culber will return. Michelle Yeoh is also returning as former Emperor Georgiou, in a Section 31 plotline.
While Rebecca Romijn was announced at Comic-Con to be playing the Enterprise’s Number One, she was also a no show in the trailer. And lastly, but certainly not least, we didn’t see Spock, but of course that’s purposeful, Spock is not onboard the Enterprise right now, however it’s all but certain we’ll catch up to him at some point later in the season.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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