The premiere date for season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery was confirmed during the show's panel Saturday afternoon at NYCC. Season 2 picks up the action right where season 1 left off, as the Discovery finds itself coming face-to-face with the Starship Enterprise, and its pre-Kirk captain Christopher Pike.
The storyline for season 2 revolves around a mystery involving a set of unexplained alien signals that have been picked up by Starfleet. In the middle of this mystery is none other than Mr. Spock, played by Ethan Peck. The season will explore the relationship between Spock and his foster sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).
The second season of the series will air on CBS All Access beginning January 17, 2019. In addition to announcing the premiere date, the Star Trek: Discovery NYCC panel also discussed the mystery at the center of season two. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman explained how that storyline plays into the season's overarching themes, saying "The 7 signals: who sent them and what do they mean is the drive of season 2. There's a conversation of science vs. faith and what does faith mean?"
During the NYCC panel, it was also revealed for the first time that the home planet of Commander Saru's race the Kelpians is called Kaminar. The panel also addressed the semi-controversy involving the Klingons' lack of hair in season 1, and the announcement that for season 2 Klingons will again have hair. As L'Rell actress Mary Chieffo explained, the Klingons were hairless last season because during times of war it's traditional for Klingons to shave their heads. She said this idea was actually inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rightful Heir," in which it's revealed that great Klingon warrior Kahless the Unforgettable forged a sword by removing a lock of his hair and thrusting it into a river of molten rock. Also shown at the panel was a schematic of the classic Klingon cruiser design, indicating that fans will get to see some old-school Klingon ships alongside the old-school Klingon hair in season 2.
Overall, it seems Star Trek: Discovery season 2 will be making a big effort to please hardcore Star Trek fans who were somewhat upset with the way season 1 played fast-and-loose with canon. It remains to be seen if the changes made for season 2 will please those who felt the first season didn't quite deliver the true Star Trek spirit. Of course, there are also a lot of new Trek fans who were intrigued by season 1, and particularly the new characters. Season 2 may turn into a delicate balancing act as the show tries to keep everyone happy, from the traditional Trekkies to the newer arrivals.
Star Trek: Discovery season 2 premieres January 17, 2019 on CBS All Access.