A new trailer for the midseason premiere of Star Trek: Discovery raises more questions than it answers. The trailer debuted after last night's exciting, surprising midseason finale, "Into The Forest I Go," which hinted at something of a new direction for the prequel series.
Up to this point, Discovery has told the story of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin Green), a disgraced Starfleet officer who inadvertently sparked a conflict with the Klingons while she was the first officer of the USS Shenzhou. That encounter cost the lives of many, including Burnham's beloved captain, Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh). Following a court martial, Burnham improbably finds herself aboard the USS Discovery, where the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) looks to exploit Burnham's genius to help him with some revolutionary new technology that could not only end the war, but unlock the secrets of the universe.
The midseason finale ended on a cliffhanger, with the Discovery unexpectedly finding itself in an uncharted region of space. A newly released trailer is offering some incredibly vague hints as to what happened. Check it out above.
The midseason finale seemingly marked the end of Discovery's war arc, as Burnham and friends were able to penetrate the Klingons' main vessel and destroy it, killing the Klingon commander Kol and most of his followers. The spore drive malfunction at episode's end opens up a treasure trove of possibilities for where the second half of the season is headed, and suggests the show is perhaps a bit more creatively adventurous than was initially obvious.
Fans will likely be speculating on the Discovery's destination until the series returns in the new year, but the obvious destination is the alternate reality of the Mirror Universe. One of Star Trek's most iconic settings, the Mirror Universe originated in the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror," showcasing a dark alternate reality where Captain Kirk was a brutal murderer and the Federation was replaced by the despotic Terran Empire. Series director - and Star Trek: The Next Generation's beloved Commander William Riker - Jonathan Frakes let slip that Discovery would be making a visit to the Mirror Universe at some point, and this seems like a prime opportunity to delve into that dark reality.
Despite its well documented behind the scenes drama before production began, Discovery overcame a bumpy start and began to find its creative voice by the back half of the debut season's opening chapter. The prospect of leaving the Klingon war behind and pushing into some tried and true Star Trek concepts is the surest sign yet that the series is a worthy entry into the franchise.
Star Trek: Discovery is available to stream on CBS All Access.