Star Trek: Discovery season 2 – All you need to know

Sam Ashurst
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From Digital Spy

Last month we found out that Star Trek: Discovery was definitely coming back for season two, which is exciting news – season one has gone from strength to strength, with twists and mini-reboots keeping the series fresh.

We've just seen the excellent mid-season finale, which has left us seriously wondering where the show will boldly go next.

So, we're going to look ahead to the second half of the first season, before going on to explore what awaits us in the second season... including when we'll get to see it.

Star Trek Discovery season 2 airdate: When do we next get more Trek?

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We won't have long to wait for the second half of season one – it's going to premiere on January 7, which makes its return mere weeks away.

Part of the reason it's coming back so swiftly is CBS changed its season order at the last minute, adding an episode to the first half of the season, meaning we've had nine episodes so far, with six more to come next year (it was originally going to be eight and seven).

In terms of when season two will start – well, that's a bit more complicated. Don't worry, we'll get to that.

Star Trek Discovery season 2 cast: Who's in it?

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We (obviously) expect the surviving cast members to be back for the second half of the first season, but in terms of how many of them will make it to season two, that's completely up in the air right now. That's because Star Trek: Discovery was inspired by Game of Thrones, which basically means anyone could die at any minute. Seriously, they're really similar.

Still, we'd be very surprised if we don't see Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru (Doug Jones) and Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) in season two, at least. As for Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), well, he might still be in it, but he'll probably be in a very different form...

Star Trek Discovery season 2 Klingon theory: What is it?

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Yep, there's a pretty major fan theory around Ash Tyler – we're not going to go into it (because spoilers), but we've outlined it in detail here. All we'll say is it involves Klingons and we'll leave it there. If it isn't resolved by the end of season one, we'd expect it to continue into season two – it's too big to ignore!

Star Trek Discovery season 2: Timeline

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One element that's confused fans during season one is the timeline. We're seeing major differences between what's happening in Discovery and how it'll eventually line up with the original series (which starts 10 years after the events in Discovery).

But we shouldn't worry too much. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman clearly has a plan. "We are wildly aware of everything that appears to be a deviation from canon. We will close out each of those issues when we close out our ten-year period and hit TOS," he said.

"There is a tradition in Star Trek of trying to use modern storytelling techniques, visuals, props, and visual effects to contemporise the original feeling that was generated by the props, the sets, and the visual effects that were done.

"Even within the original series and certainly Next Gen we've seen ourselves go back and update. So digitally we went back in and made the planets look better and the ships look better. Just pure opportunity. So fundamentally it's subject to interpretation how far is too far."

He added that the series will "remain true to the technology" we know – Discovery is set a decade before the events of the original 1960s series – even though there's so much more they could do these days.

But with the mid-season finale's big twist seeming to suggest a very different set-up for the second half of the season (and beyond), the showrunners could have a bit more freedom to play with the canon when season two eventually arrives.

Let's hope they don't push it too far – they've already showed signs that restraint isn't their greatest quality. As f**k-gate proves.

Star Trek Discovery season 2 premiere: When is it on?

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Trekkers should probably make the most of the second half of season one, as there's going to be a long wait for any new episodes after its done.

Explaining the showrunners want to learn lessons from the first season, Kurtzman said: "Now we know what we can do and where the sand traps are, so let's give ourselves ample time to announce a date that makes sense to everybody - both the needs of production and CBS. Breaking story is, in some ways, the easier and faster thing; it's the ability to execute on it that's much harder. We want to take the right amount of time and don't want to rush."

All which is very noble, but it does mean we're going to have to wait until 2019 at the earliest before we get to join the continuing voyages of the Discovery.

Where's a warp drive (or even a spore drive) when you need one?

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