Preview ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Episode 311 With New Images From “Su’Kal”

The eleventh episode of the third season of  Star Trek: Discovery arrives on Thursday. We have a first look at some new images and in case you missed it, a promo video and a clip too.


Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 11 “Su’Kal” will be available to stream on CBS All Access on Thursday, December 24. [UPDATE: The episode was previously reported to be titled “The Citadel,” but CBS has confirmed the final title is “Su’Kal.”]


Discovery ventures to the Verubin Nebula, where Burnham, Saru, and Culber make a shocking realization about the origin of the Burn as the rest of the crew faces an unexpected threat.

 New Images: 

Mary Wiseman as Ensign Tilly, Doug Jones as Saru and Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham and Grudge

Raven Dauda as Dr. Pollard, David Ajala as Book and Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham

Raven Dauda as Dr. Pollard and David Ajala as Book

Raven Dauda as Dr. Pollard and David Ajala as Book

David Ajala as Book

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham

Doug Jones as Saru, Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham and David Ajala as Book

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham and David Ajala as Book

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham

Doug Jones as Saru

Mary Wiseman as Ensign Tilly

Episode 311 video previews

“Su’Kal” promo.


“Su’Kal” clip (starts at 30:56)

New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes will be available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.

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It looks like Grudge is spending a lot of time in sickbay. I hope he’s alright.

I hope she’s okay too. Will Book need to spend a Night in Sickbay?

Maybe THE GRUDGE is the “unexpected threat the rest of the crew faces” ;)

She’s Pregnant

Lt.Commander Grudge please !

“She’s a Queen.”

I think the Queen of Xahea followed Discovery through the wormhole at the end of last season and has been in hiding as Book’s cat for some reason.

I thought that perhaps she’d found another way to make it through the intervening centuries, but we have the same notion about Grudge = Queen Po.

I’d have a grudge if my dilithium rich planet was destroyed.

It’s him! It’s Damar! ✊

“Su’Kal” sounds like an Enterprise episode where they often used made up names as episode titles. “The Citadel” sounded like an episode of GoT… Since I’m not a particular fan of the notion of DSC or Trek in general immitating that show, I’m fine with the change…

The style of titles has massively changed since season 1 anyway. Season 1 was TOSish/DS9ish, in titles only, particular with that long title about the lamb crying, while the new season is more like Voyager. Kind of fitting.

The Season 1 titles were a lot more interesting and memorable. I hate Voyager’s titles; they were way too generic.

Well yeah, it’s about the only thing I liked about season 1. In Season 2 the titles were still occasional longer but became, along the rest of the show, overly emotional (“Such Sweet Sorrow”).

Not a fan of GoT but I like the books more. Star Trek titles are really creative. Maybe that should be in the English dictionary.

The origin of The Burn… Now we are getting somewhere.

Christmas Eve…. Man 2020 went by so fast!

Did it? I’m fully expecting 2020 to refuse to leave on Dec 31.

“Humor! I love it!”

Me too!

I can’t keep track of time anymore.

Well, all we’d have to do is crashing VOY into the Pandemic Time Ship crying out loud “Time’s Up!”… A Year of Hell indeed! And man, looking at it like that, I only know how miuch I love Star Trek and VOY in particular…

These publicity photos are great – now we know what our crew members look like when standing on the Bridge at their stations, looking concerned!

Actually, most of the regular secondary “bridge crew” group of officers is missing from the photos.

Some of those bridge shots look unusually empty…

“most of the regular secondary “bridge crew” group of officers is missing from the photos”

They’re mostly missing from the scripts too. This is the next logical step.

With this confusion on the titles, I wonder if we will get That Hope is You, Part II…

So I don’t mean to be a complainer, but why is CBS providing 5 of 13 pictures of the cat? I don’t foresee the cat as being a huge part of the story. And yes, I hope the cat is ok too.

Agreed, I’m all for preventing spoilers but CBS has a tendency to make these promotional photos as boring as possible.

Well, they know that fans will be microanalyzing.

But instead, we microanalyse screencaps from the trailers. LOL

As it happens, I’m wondering if the new ViacomCBS strategic comms folks are moving Star Trek away from having too many spoilers in promotional materials.

Sincerely, it seems as though the amount of spoilers has gone down a lot in the past year. I don’t think it’s just Covid reducing the number of media panels and convention reveals.

The Queen is back!

Dr Pollard too. She’s been mentioned much more than seen.

Raven Dauda looks like she’s having fun with it. Perhaps she has a good affinity for working with animals – she appears occasionally in Hudson & Rex as a K-9 officer.

She’s been seen more than Dr. Sela at least, who was also mentioned alot but only appeared once! Popular TNG side character nevertheless!

Did they ever confirm if Pollard was the Chief Medical Officer? I can’t remember because she so rarely appears.

It’s never mentioned. Nobodies really sure were Culber fits in as well. I think it’s purposely left vague.

Pollard is a Lieutenant and Culber is a Lieutenant Commander so usually it would be the other way around.

But between Culber’s rehabilitation from death, and the fact that he definitely said that he needed to report TO the CMO in season one, who knows?

Again, the writers need to decide if “rank is not important” or not. At present, they are trying to do both and it’s jarringly incoherent.

If it’s not important, then they shouldn’t be making Saru, Burnham and Tilly’s roles and career progression such important character beats. If these are important for the characters, then they should sort it out and be clear, if only in passing comments.

I think the Discovery writers make it up as they go a long. Whatever suits the story is what sticks.

Question to TrekMovie: by the timing and production order, this would seem to be the episode that was shot on location at the former Kingston federal penitentiary a year ago in December 2019.

Is it possible to get confirmation on that?

Yes, TG47, I read that as well. Apparently, they filmed at Kingston Pen for two days. I pity the cast and crew having to spend any time in that town. BORING!

Harry you are decidedly a big city person. LOL

However, Kingston is among an number of places in Eastern Ontario that offers interesting locations for film and television.

If you find Kingston dull, imagine all the folks making movies in small-town Almonte.

While up to recently all Almonte was known for was being the hometown of Naismith, the creator of basketball, now it has so many made-for-TV movies produced there that it was the subject of a New York Times feature article this week.

Perhaps S31 will need the setting for a Norman Rockwell kind of town if Georgiou goes back in time. Michelle Yeoh in Victorian Almonte would be amusing.

TG47, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to Kingston about 40 times over my lifetime for business and pleasure. It’s okay, but mucho mundane when it comes anything to do in town. But, hey, with what cast and crew are being paid, I’m sure they can labor through it!

Wow, someone realized having a door behind the crew on the bridge is boring and nonsensical versus an active computer display with crew and action
I feel listened to especially with the mystery of the dilithium crystals and space travel being special again!!
No one has anytime for lame holodeck episodes, so happy!!!
Also is my cat sneaking to the Discovery set!?? It’s unnerving.

Cmd. Bremmon, nice to hear that you’re finding this interesting.

not for nothin’ but why don’t the episodes show the titles? sure would make things a lot easier

Anyone notice that it looks like Culber is wearing a Bajoran earing and has the nose ridges @:17 and :19 in the preview?

Yes, and Burnham might have Trill spots.

I’m wondering if they will be encountering some kind of intersection of parallel universes.

Now that the last two episodes have underscored the existence of parallel universes and the damage of the Temporal Cold War, we may now be shown that the multiverse was some how involved in the triggering of The Burn.

That would be an interesting turn for Trek, generally. I suppose it would further loosen the grip of canon on DSC, and would in fact allow them to sort of mix anything and everything into one soup bowl to pull from at any time. Want to see gentle Klingons and savage Vulcans? There’s a universe for that! etc. Anyway, specific to this ep, it will be interesting to see just why they are having to don the physiological aspects of these other species.

Rather, I suspect they dress to impress for an undercover mission behind the enemy lines, in another long standing Trek tradition, to encounter this season’s true big bad, the Bajorans.

Could be, if humans are the “bad guys” from the point of view of Bajorans.

However, neither Kanimar nor Trill were reported to be actively hostile to the Federation. Isolationism, while unfortunate, is not equivalent to being opponents. More, in the case of Kanimar, all Admiral Vance said was that it was beyond reach of the Federation’s ships and remaining subspace network.

I mean, with only three episodes left, it’s time for the big reveal. And in the thinking of the writers, they must have sprinkled enough “hints” now throughout the season a la Bajoran units of measurement. It fits right in with the Guardian paper or their idea of “change” for Space Hitler! Somehow I doubt though they want to go down the mirror route further, as there is a whole show reserved for that (S31) so my thinking is, we got the courtroom episode (sorta), now it’s time for some more Trek cliches meet Discovery cliches ;)

Just noticed that Norma Bailey directed this episode.

I’m not sure that I can recall her directing science fiction previously. This should be interesting.

Bailey a grande dame among directors in Canada, although likely less popularly known than Cronenberg.

She is a Cannes Jury Prize winner and Palm d’Or nominee. She was the first woman director in Canada to gain that level of prominence.

That said, she seems to be a constant worker and does a lot of television work now.

You know a lot about Canadian directors.

Impressive knowledge. The sad thing is that I actually don’t know anything about any directors from my country Germany (apart from the few that made it to Hollywood like Emmerich)… German movies are just too bad to be dealt with. Nothing but lame comedy alsways revolving around the same 5-10 actors and niche kids movies…

Like many Canadians of my generation, I was exposed to a steady diet of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) shorts and documentaries during my school years. They left an impression it seems.

By the way, looking now at a Canadian source for her bio, Bailey worked as a production assistant for Cronenberg on “Rabid” in her early days. The community was pretty small back then.

We are doing similar research this morning. Many of her films are available for free online.

Well, that ship approaching, while it doesn’t exactly look like Husnok, it sort of reminds me of that ship from TNG s3 The Survivors… But then, it’s also a bit like The RAC from Killjoys :-)

Personally, I don’t care about the ‘burn’ ( just seems like of one of those TV show “hooks” that isn’t especially interesting) but I’m curious as to how the remainder of the season goes.

Also while I actually liked Wesley as a character, I think Wheaton tries way too hard as the host , he acts like he should be hosting Blue’s Clues or something like that.

I didn’t like Wesley as a character, but I love Wheaton’s hosting. He is just so excited about everything to do with Trek.

Seeing the cat makes me feel better.