Preview ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Episode 503 With New Images And Clip From “Jinaal”

Star Trek: Discovery returned for the fifth and final season last Thursday with a two-episode premiere. This Thursday brings episode 3, and we have details, new photos, and a clip WITH SPOILERS.

Episode 3: “Jinaal”

The third episode of the season, “Jinaal,” was written by Kyle Jarrow & Lauren Wilkinson and directed by Andi Armaganian. It debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 11.


On Trill, Captain Burnham, Book, and Culber must pass a dangerous test to prove themselves worthy of the next clue. Adira reconnects with Gray and Saru’s first day as ambassador is complicated by his engagement to T’Rina.

Co-showrunner Michelle Paradise previously teased this episode saying, “Culber like you’ve never seen him before.”

NEW Photos:

Callum Keith Rennie as Rayner and Mary Wiseman as Tilly (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Wilson Cruz as Culber (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Tara Rosling as President T’Rina and Doug Jones as Saru (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Tara Rosling as President T’Rina (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Doug Jones as Saru (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Wilson Cruz as Culber and Ian Alexander as Gray Tal (John Medland /Paramount+)

Blu del Barrio as Adira and Ian Alexander as Gray Tal (John Medland /Paramount+)

Previously released photos:

Blu del Barrio as Adira (John Medland /Paramount+)

L-R David Ajala as Book, Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Wilson Cruz as Culber (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Mary Wiseman as Tilly (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)


You can see a clip from “Jinaal” from the latest episode of The Ready Room below


Here is the trailer released in February.

The fifth and final season of Discovery debuted with two episodes on Thursday, April 4 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., the UK, Switzerland, South Korea, Latin America, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, and Austria. Discovery also premiered on April 4 on Paramount+ in Canada and will be broadcast on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada. The rest of the 10-episode final season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays. Season 5 debuted on SkyShowtime in select European countries on April 5.

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They need to show whether Dax is still alive or dead.


Why not?

Why does every little thing that pops into fandom’s collective heads need explaining?

There would be nothing wrong with Dax showing up in DIS just like there was nothing wrong with the crew of TOS showing up in TNG or Kor and other Klingons from TOS showing up in DS9.

 there was nothing wrong with the crew of TOS showing up in TNG”

That’s certainly a point of view.

A Selay from TNG is okay, but the Dax symbiote is one step too far? heh.

If you want to treat things said by two different people as though they came from the same source, that’s your business. It’s somewhere between “disingenuous” and “stupid,” but the Prophets lay out a different path for each of us.

But..also…it’s not ridiculous to say that a single Selay (or an Antican, or a Kellerun, or a Vaudwaar, or a Xepolite) is an application good world building, but bringing back Dax would be an example of small-worldism, and finding it objectionable for that reason is absolutely fine.

Well it happened, TNG Relics, & Unification, plus Encounter at Farpoint. VOY Flashback too.

I’m curious why you think I don’t think those things happened.

Probably because you implied in your earlier comment that there would have been some problem with TOS characters in the TNG era, since that already exists I deduced you were ignorant of them, or ignorant of the fact the episodes involved are among the most beloved in the franchise, thus emphatically disproving the idea there was any problem with it.

involved are among the most beloved in the franchise, thus emphatically disproving the idea there was any problem with it.”

There’s a large segment of the Star Trek fanbase that got into the IP through Voyager, so you’re going to have to excuse me if my evaluation of whether something’s good doesn’t put a lot of weight on what the fanbase has to say. Of the episodes you mentioned, Unification is fine. Relics and Flashback are cheeks, and there’s a reasonable argument to be made that EaF is the worst pilot of the whole franchise (it’s absolutely the worst of the 80s-00s syndicated era.)

That’s not something I “need” to see, personally….

But it is something that would be cool to see.

We didn’t “need” to see Bones, or Spock, or Kirk, or Sulu, or even Sarek, yet it was cool when we did.

Why shouldn’t characters from the TNG/DS9/VOY era be given the same respect that those from TOS were given.

I loved all the episodes where they brought back characters from TOS.

The first TNG episode, when Bones showed up, that was just so great. I’d read that TNG was a new show and other than the ship’s name and the general situation, not to expect anything from TOS and there Bones is, the most lovable character from TOS. I loved it!

Yeah. What made it great is how unexpected it was.

How long does a Trill symbiot live?

Just googled it. It says over 550 years, so yeah, the Dax symbiot could still be alive.


Yeah, I don’t see why they can’t have Dax on the show. It’d be a really nice callback to DS9 and you don’t even need to get the Nicole DeBoer back!

Yeah. And we could get an update on Bashir too.

Agreed! Really want to see Dax! Not counting on it but love to see them show up here.

But then again, if they ever bring the symbiont back in anything else, stakes are instantly lowered as we’ll always know for certain that it will survive the next few centuries.

I’d love a callback, and DS9 deserves much more of it IMO, but then I’d really want it to be Jadzia in some shape or form – like in a zhian’tara maybe?!

Yeah. It makes sense with them going to Trill.

I’m thinking Jinaal will be Dax.

That would be cool.

That briefing room scene contains, I think, a Selay from TNG season one. Cool!

Ugh! Fan service! Legacy species! Ew!




I don’t watch the clips from upcoming episodes, because I like to be surprised, but I did look at the stills, since they’re usually more careful with those.

Hey, Culber gets to go on an away mission. Cool! I like him lots and would like to see more of him.

I’m wondering how things will play out with Book. If he thinks Moll is “the closest thing he has to family,” is he going to be willing to help capture her? We already had his going on his own path, to the detriment of everyone else, LAST season. I really hope they won’t be having him do that again this season. I really like David Ajala, so I’d like to be able to root for him rather than against him.

Gray. *sigh* He — or maybe it’s Ian Alexander — seems pretty one-note to me; I was hoping we’d seen the last of Gray.

Looking forward to Thursday!

Yeah, I feel the same way about Gray. He’s in the same boat as Neelix, Kes, Harry Kim, and Chakotay, the characters I really dislike or am totally apathetic to and wouldn’t miss at all.

I still stand by Kes. Meant everything to the development of the Doctor, had fantastic potential, especially when separated from Neelix. “Before & After” really showed off what she could do.

But yeah, unless they magically give him believable depth and personality, I hope this visit with Gray they telegraphed last week is a one and done.

Chakotay was on fire during “Caretaker,” then that guy vanished, never to be seen again. It seemed as if both the writers and the actor got bored with the character, so he was never on fire again. I’d love to know what happened turn him into a block of wood after the premiere.

I believe that Chakotay briefly reemerges in “Learning Curve” when he punches whatshisface for disobeying Tuvok, and then again in “Maneuvers” when he flat out steals a shuttle to go deal with Seska himself. That is the last gasp of Chakotay the badass Maquis leader.

Okay, yes, twice in seven years. Not enough, is my point. :-)

Such a waste. Beltran can be a very engaging actor. It was, as Spock would say, a waste of good material turning him to boredom for years.

If I hadn’t seen “Caretaker,” I might have thought Beltran was just a dud, but “Caretaker” showed me that he CAN be excellent. I don’t know if he only bothers to try when he has good material, or if no actor could have enlivened what they usually wrote for Chakotay. But I wish we’d gotten the “Caretaker” guy during a lot more episodes!

Yeah, for me it’s not the character, but the actor who can’t deliver scenes worth… uh… doo-doo. I’m all for representation, but Ian Alexander is just so baaad at acting.

Yeah, I thought it might be that, but I don’t know enough about acting to be sure it was him and not the character. He seems stuck in “I’m cute and winsome” mode, without the ability to show us anything else.

Yeah, that describes it pretty well. Doesn’t work on me AT ALL, but I’m guessing too, that that’s the self-perception here. Unfortunate casting choice; hopefully not too many more appearances!

I’ve heard he was good in “The Last of Us 2,” I have no idea. He doesn’t have much to work with as Gray, but I can’t say the performance has made me think it’s all on the writers either.

The chairs are not levitating anymore! Looks like they didn’t want to spend the CGI money on that this season. Was probably expensive enough already.

It’s a set photo, so possible they didn’t digitally remove the stands for the picture.

Very excited to see them return to Trill.

You’ve got to wonder who the individual is who has the white hair and gray robes that Blu is talking to. These images feel like a tease as the individual is featured in two photos but we don’t see the actor’s face.

Who do you think it is? Who could be that long lived? If it’s Dax, it’s a new symbiot, not Ezri.

If it’s Dax, it’s a new symbiot, not Ezri.”

Ezri (and Jadzia, Curzon, Torias, Emony, etc.) were the hosts. Dax is the symbiont.

I, too, wondered if we might get to see another Dax host. And it COULD be them, I guess, but I kinda wouldn’t care for it as much, as if they found a way to bring Jadzia back. I love me some Terry Farrell. 😍

PS: We DO get to see the character’s face in the preview clip (her name is Kalzara).

PPS: Only because I’ve seen it misspelled numerous times on here, it’s actually “symbiont,” with an “n”… and that’s the “worm,” not the host! 😉

I love diplomacy. Everyone dresses so well.

And it’s so exciting!

Gray’s coming back. Great.

You forgot the emoji, for emphasis:

“Gray’s coming back. Great. 😕”


In Genesis, the virus derived from Barclay caused everyone aboard the Enterprise to de-evolve into the primitive form of their furthermost ancestors.

Could any member of the crew have regressed as far back as to become a Progenitor?

Getting a Gropler Zorn vibe from the long-haired person we’re only seeing the back of.
That’s of course ridiculous and I’m not saying it would be – just the hair and the way the body is held is reminiscent to me of that character