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What To Expect From Star Trek: Discovery Season 3

Star Trek Discovery Season 3

When will Star Trek: Discovery season 3 launch and will the CBS All-Access prequel, which is the cornerstone series of CBS' streaming service, reinvent itself in its third season?

Though it remains controversial with a segment of Star Trek fans, Star Trek: Discovery's bolder, more adventurous season 2 has been hailed as an improvement over season 1. Star Trek: Discovery season 2 cast Anson Mount, who won raves as for his portrayal of legendary Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike, as well as bringing aboard Ethan Peck as Spock, the adoptive brother of Michael Burnham, the series' lead character. Together, they have embarked on a rollicking journey chasing a time-traveling being called the Red Angel while trying to prevent a malevolent A.I. called Control from wiping out all life in the galaxy.

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With the conclusion of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 poised to launch the titular starship and her crew on a new adventure across time, here's what we know so far about Star Trek: Discovery season 3.

Star Trek: Discovery Has Already Been Renewed For Season 3

Star Trek: Discovery was officially renewed for season 3 in February 2019, just a few weeks after season 2 launched on CBS All-Access. "The massive success of Star Trek: Discovery's second-season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from Star Trek fans," said Julie McNamara, executive VP at CBS All-Access, which made renewing the streaming service's flagship series a no-brainer.

In addition, Michelle Paradise, who co-wrote the 2-part season 2 finale "Such Sweet Sorrow", was named co-showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery season 3. Paradise will be working with Alex Kurtzman, who took over as showrunner for season 2 and is also the architect of the Star Trek franchise's planned expansion on CBS All-Access.

When Will Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Premiere?

CBS has not announced a release date for Star Trek: Discovery season 3. The 15-episode season 1 premiered in September 2017 and ran until February 2018 (after taking a hiatus midway). Star Trek: Discovery season 2 launched in January 2019 and streamed all 14 episodes uninterrupted. It's likely fans won't see the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery again until spring 2020, in order to give the announced Jean-Luc Picard series that debuts in late-2019 some breathing room.

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Who Will Be The Cast Of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3?

The core cast of Star Trek: Discovery, led by Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Doug Jones as Saru, is expected to return. Unfortunately, Anson Mount will not be reprising his role as Captain Pike. Despite the popularity of Mount as the dashing starship captain, the actor only signed a one-year deal. Rebecca Romijn also won't return as the Starship Enterprise's Number One. It's not yet known what the status of Ethan Peck's Spock will be going forward and if he will appear in Star Trek: Discovery season 3, but Tig Notaro is expected to return as engineer Jett Reno.

What Will Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Be About?

Michael Burnham and Red Angel in Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery season 2's daring storyline culminated in Michael Burnham's plan to lead her starship almost a thousand years into the future, which will be a one-way trip. The first half of the season finale, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1", saw Michael bid goodbye to her paramour Ash Tyler and even to Captain Pike, who returned to command the Starship Enterprise. Meanwhile, the Discovery's crew chose to go to the future with Michael.

It all leads into a massive space battle with Control and the Section 31 fleet with the fate of the entire galaxy at stake in "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2". Michael's plan takes the Star Trek franchise where it has not gone before - into the 32nd century - which is a stunning reinvention of Star Trek: Discovery.

Next: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Ending Explained

Star Trek: Discovery Seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on CBS All-Access in the USA and internationally on Netflix.

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