Last week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery was a surprise mid-season finale. And at the end of the episode, Paramount+ ran a promo for what is to come for the second half of the season when it returns on February 10. As per custom, TrekMovie has all the screenshots and our analysis to break it all down. The following moves some things around to group what looks like related shots together, and of course, there are some SPOILERS.
Book and Tarka go it alone
Episode seven ended with Book and Tarka stealing an experimental Spore Drive and going rogue, jumping away to enact Tarka’s plan to destroy the DMA even though the impromptu galactic council voted to try for diplomacy instead. The trailer starts off with Book’s ship coming out of a spore jump at an unknown planet.
Book’s ship dodges asteroids as he talks to Tarka about the plan…
Book: How long do you need to build the weapon?
Tarka: Twenty-four hours should do it.
Book: This will stop the DMA, no one else has to die?
Other shots in the trailer show Booker and Tarka’s journey together including more of them on his ship, his ship flying through a spinning ring, and walking together on an unknown planet together.
And there’s also a random shot of Tarka opening a hatch to work on some conduits, possibly for his super weapon.
Discovery sent to hunt them down
UFP President Rillak tells Captain Burnham: “Book and Tarka must be stopped, whatever the cost.”
Later Rillak sets the stakes, saying “If Booker and Tarka succeed, they risk provoking a highly advanced species capable of destroying us all.”
On the Discovery, Burnham and Mr. Saru discuss the mission…
Burnham: You think I am too close to this?
Saru: I believe that there is no one else that can possibly correct his path.
Captain Burnham briefs her crew: “This isn’t an easy mission, but it is critical that we succeed.”
Later her rally speech ends with “Let’s get to it.”
And the crew reply in unison: “Aye, captain.”
Gearing up for battle
There is a shot of Culber, Detmer, Burnham, and Saru in tactical suits doing a corridor hero walk.
The same group can later be seen walking through a dark alien forest with phasers ready.
A frontier bar brawl
Admiral Vance says: “Booker is outside Federation territory…”
Cut to Michael and Owosekun walking into an alien bar following an Andorian as we continue to hear Vance in voiceover saying, “You’ll be without a weapon, without a badge, without authority.”
Michael gambles with an unknown alien as we hear her voiceover say, “There may be some surprises.”
Book can also be seen sitting at the same table.
Later Burnham punches an unknown human as Book and Owosekun watch.
Owosekun does some boxing in the same location.
Species 10C comes for a visit?
In voiceover, Saru says: “Something is coming. A lifeform,” over a shot of a Vulcan ship.
Presidents Rillak and T’Rina on the Bridge of the USS Discovery along with Saru, Michael and a pedestal device.
Rillak is also seen on the bridge as the ship is taking damage.
Dr. Kovich warns, “Whatever we think we know about species 10C, we’re wrong.”
Rillak, T’Rina, and Earth Defense Force General Ndoye walk through the shuttle bay at Starfleet HQ with Burnham, Saru, and another Starfleet officer.
The trailer ends with ominous music as the group look up at something.
More familiar faces return
There are some glimpses of a few more returning characters cut into the trailer, including Rachael Ancheril’s Nhan who hasn’t been seen since season three, now in the 32nd century Starfleet Security uniform along with a new minimized Barzan breathing apparatus.
Mary Wiseman can briefly be seen returning as Tilly, sharing a drink with Vance at Starfleet HQ before an explosion.
Tig Notaro will be back as Jett Reno, who tells Adira “This is where I get to say I was born ready?”
Moments with the found family.
There are a handful of other quick character beats, including Stamets and Culber sharing a moment, along with the pair of them with Adira. However, there are no shots of Ian Alexander’s Gray, who was seen leaving for Trill with Adira at the end of episode seven.
Ship and booms
And finally, here are some random shots of ships and explosions…
Paramount+ has not posted this trailer online, however, some fans have done so, so here it is…