The full trailer for Season 3 of “Star Trek: Discovery” debuted on Tuesday, along with a brand new title treatment that suggests a fresh direction for the CBS All Access series. The trailer launched the start of Star Trek Day, the fan event commemorating the 54th anniversary of the debut of the original “Star Trek” TV series on Sept. 8, 1966. “Discovery” co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise, and new costar David Ajala (“Supergirl”) who plays Cleveland “Book” Booker, participated in a panel on Season 3 of the show.
At the end of Season 2, the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, led by Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), jumped 930 years into the future to the year 3188 to prevent the total destruction of the Federation. As the new trailer reveals, however, Burnham and the Discovery crew learn the Federation is a shadow of its former self, ravaged by something Book ominously calls “the burn,” when “the galaxy took a hard left.”
In the panel, Kurtzman said the burn is a “cataclysmic” external event that hits the Federation when its at its strongest, and Paradise said that the first episodes unfold as a mystery, as Burnham and the Discovery crew try to figure out what happened to the Federation. When they do, Paradise said, “we’ll find that it’s still in existence, [but] much diminished from what it once was.”
The trailer makes clear that Burnham meets Book while she’s initially separated from the Discovery crew after their jump into the future. The crew, led by Command Saru (Doug Jones), is also marooned after their starship crash lands on a seemingly barren planet. The trailer also features Anthony Rapp (as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (as Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (as Dr. Hugh Culber) and Michelle Yeoh (as Philippa Georgiou), as well as new actors Blu del Barrio (Adira) and Ian Alexander (Gray), who are playing respectively the first recurring gender non-binary and trans characters in “Star Trek” history.
The show also unveiled a new title treatment that jettisons the angular typeface of the show’s first logo, and making “Discovery” much larger than “Star Trek,” which returns to the classic look from the original series. Kurtzman said in the panel that the original logo used a “variant” look that was meant to evoke the war with the Klingon Empire, which the series has moved well beyond for Season 3. (It’s also worth nothing that Season 3 marks the first season of “Discovery” after the CBSViacom merger.)
The new logo can be seen in the “Discovery” Season 3 poster below.
Panels covering every “Trek” TV series, from the original TV series to the recently announced new series “Strange New Worlds,” are unfolding over a three-and-a-half-hour period on Tuesday for Star Trek Day, in between a day-long marathon of classic episodes from every “Trek” series. This post will update with news and highlights of each panel.
More to come.
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