Star Trek: Discovery will return for a second season, CBS has confirmed. The renewal news follows hot on the heels of the show’s sixth episode, which landed on the CBS All Access streaming service yesterday. Nine episodes remain of the show’s first run, and fans will be glad to know that the series’ future is secured: Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is officially happening.
So far, Star Trek: Discovery season 1 has been a very enjoyable ride. It has had Mass Effect references, F-bombs and links to Spock, as well as a compelling central narrative. It has been highly intriguing to see the uncomfortable alliance growing between Jason Isaacs’ “wartime leader” Captain Lora and Sonequa Martin-Green’s notorious mutineer Michael Burham – two morally questionable central characters, who are united by a quest to take down the Klingon threat.
It is a relief to know that the show will be getting a second season. Variety broke the news, sharing this quote from Marc DeBevoise, the President and CCO of CBS interactive, about the decision:
“In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise. This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the ‘Star Trek’ legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.”
Given that CBS used Discovery season 1 to lure fans into its somewhat-troubled All Access subscription service, it’s no surprise at all that the show is being renewed – the promise of a second season will give viewers a reason to keep forking out for membership. If there was nothing in the pipeline to keep people interested, CBS All Access could easily dwindle out of the public consciousness.
This may have been a corporate-led decision, but it is still great news for Star Trek fans. Another batch of dark Discovery episodes from showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts is certainly something to look forward to. It’ll be interesting to see if they end season 1 with some sort of massive cliffhanger, and whether Bryan Fuller – who was meant to be running the show, before American Gods got in the way – will contribute at all to the second season.
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery reach CBS All Access every Sunday. There is no word yet on how many episodes will feature in season 2, or when they will beam onto the internet.