The Star Trek: Discovery portion of the Comic-Con@Home panel was mostly spent with a virtual table read of the season two finale; however, some news on season three has also emerged, thanks to a Q&A with the actors, headed up by showrunner Michelle Paradise.
At the end of season 2, the Discovery jumped 900 years into the future to find that the Federation isn’t quite what it used to be. Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman described the world they find as “post-Federation.”
Doug Jones was asked about Saru’s decision to 900 years into the future with the crew of the USS Discovery, and pointed out that “now he’s had to leave his homeworld twice.” He talked about how the Kelpiens and the Ba’ul can now “absorb each other’s cultures and technology,” and that the Kelpiens have joined a “post-warp society.”
When asked by Paradise if there’s hope for more Kelpiens in the Federation, he answered, “With every hope jumping ahead, that Kelpiens will have place at the table in the Federation for sure.” This might mean we’ll see more Kelpiens in season 3, now that so many centuries have gone by.
Wilson Cruz excited about the “new Culber”
Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets) says season three of Discovery “really blends the personal/family nature of the show, also the family—and not just the literal family like our coupledom, but also the family of the ship. It really explores family in wonderful new says… That’s one of the major thing that gets developed.in season 3.”
Cruz talked more about the changes in his character of Doctor Culber, specifically.
He knows that he’s different, he knows that he’s looking at his work different, he feels different about his place in the world and what his purpose is… and so the relationship is different in that way too. It’s more on an equal footing.
I’m excited about the new responsibility that I take on in terms of my work and mental health. I love the new Culber. He’s more three-dimensional in my head.
This ties in with other hints we’ve had that Culber is going to take on something of a ship’s counselor role in season three—and his crew is definitely going to need it.
What’s Georgiou up to in the future?
Emperor Georgiou also joined the Discovery crew in their leap to the future. Michelle Yeoh talked about her relentless drive for power with some relish:
She is one that always finds her way into adapting, because she is a survivor with many skills, and a formidable ally or an enemy. So she goes in there being very pissed off, but then I’m sure very quickly she’ll find a way around. Power is something that’s inherently… that she has. She doesn’t even seek it. She just has it.
Is Tilly still hoping to be a captain?
Paradise asked Mary Wiseman to address if Sylvia Tilly is still on a path to command, even with the leap into the future.
I think so, I think there are some pretty big speed bumps in season 2 on that road but I think that’s always her pie in the sky, is reaching the zenith of leadership within Starfleet. You’ll get to see more about that journey in season 3. But we’re also really on the edge of the unknown, so I think all of our ideas about what the future holds and who we are and who we want to be are going to be transformed.
What are Michael Burnham’s hopes for the future?
Sonequa Martin-Green answered Michelle Paradise’s question about what Burnham is hoping to find now that she’s 930 years in the future.
First, salvation of sorts. We, the crew of Star Trek: Discovery, in the finale are deciding to sacrifice everything that we have for the future. So there’s the obvious hope that that works, that the plan works. Even logistically that we land where we’re supposed to, that we defeat Control, that we save the world, save the universe. So there’s the inherent hope of that. And then I think there’s also hope of continuing to discover myself as Burnham. That’ll always be there, That hope of unveiling, continual unveiling and finding that perfect sweet sweet balance between all the forces that wage within me.
“Maybe you’ll explore that in season 3. We don’t know,” quipped Paradise.
Season 3 still coming in 2020
There was no discussion about when season three of Discovery will be released during the entire Star Trek Universe panel. The only nod to a release came as the Discovery portion ended and there was a short graphic saying season 3 was coming in 2020.
Additional highlights: Olatunde Osunsanmi, Mary Chieffo
EP and director Olatunde Osunsanmi talked about the “emotionally cathartic” moment of Spock stepping onto the Enterprise bridge clean-shaven for the first time and taking his station and Mary Chieffo, along with the rest of the cast, spoke about the aspirational legacy of the Star Trek franchise.
You can watch the entire panel here:
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