Fans of Star Trek: Discovery won't have to wait long to see the second half of the prequel's inaugural season, as chapter 2 will begin January 7th on CBS All Access with the tenth episode, "Despite Yourself".
Star Trek: Discovery tells the story of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), a disgraced former Starfleet officer who finds herself aboard the USS Discovery, a key vessel in the war against the Klingons she helped to start. Burnham is attempting to redeem herself as she navigates a decidedly darker corner of Star Trek, including the Discovery's amoral, slightly unhinged commanding officer, Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs). Discovery airs exclusively on CBS All Access, the network's nascent streaming service, and has been enough of a success that it's already been renewed for a second season.
Like many modern TV series with big budgets, Discovery is splitting its first season in half. Deadline is reporting that the second half of Discovery season 1 (aka. Chapter 2) launches on January 7, 2018, at which point the show will continue airing new episodes each Sunday at 8:30 PM ET. Chapter 2 will be a bit shorter than the first batch of 9 episodes, with only 6 episodes remaining in the new year.
Like most streaming services, CBS All Access doesn't release viewing figures, but Discovery has been perceived as a success for them, with subscriptions reportedly seeing a massive spike when the show debuted. The series itself has been somewhat divisive, as it explores some decidedly dark territory that Star Trek tends to shy away from. Ironically, it began its run at the same time as FOX's The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's dramedy - also recently renewed for season 2 - that in some ways evokes the feel and spirit of Star Trek more strongly than Discovery.
Discovery hasn't been perfect, and its fatal flaw (of being a prequel that in no way fits into Star Trek continuity) is one it's unlikely to ever overcome, but the series has begun to find its voice in the back half of the first chapter - telling smart, empathetic science fiction stories that manage to successfully integrate Discovery's edgier tendencies with the heart of classic Star Trek. Virtually every Star Trek series (including fan favorites like The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine) took a couple seasons to fully figure themselves out. By that measurement, Discovery is ahead of the curve, and fans should be excited to see where the show goes in 2018 and beyond.
Star Trek: Discovery's first season continues this Sunday at 8:30 PM ET on CBS All Access with "Into The Forest I Go".
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