‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Loses Some Cast Members For Season 3 *Spoiler Warning*
Apologies if the headline seems a bit “click-baity” but I’m trying to avoid putting any spoilers in the title! News dropped last night that ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ would be looking for some new crew when it returns for Season 3. If you want to know who is leaving, look further down the post…
*SPOILER WARNING – You have been warned!*
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The USS Discovery will need a new captain when it returns for Season 3, as it has been confirmed Christopher Pike, who is wonderfully portrayed by Anson Mount, is returning to his day job on the USS Enterprise. To long-term ‘Star Trek’ fans, this probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise. If the established Trek timelines were ever going to line up, Pike had to leave Discovery at some point sooner rather than later, and rejoin his own ship. The events of ST:Dis Season 2 are set in 2257, but Pike is captain of the Enterprise until 2265, when he hands over command to a certain Captain James T. Kirk. This also means Rebecca Romijn’s Number One won’t be returning to the series either.
What is less clear is the fate of Ethan Peck as Spock. At some point, he does have to return to the Enterprise, as he is also there when Kirk takes command. Whether he returns immediately, or hangs around Discovery a little longer remains to be seen. Given he is brother to our main hero Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), it is possible they could continue to use him in a recurring role in some capacity, even if he is back on the Enterprise.
As to who the new Captain may be… Well, if you remember, when the Enterprise showed up at the end of Season 1, the USS Discovery was heading to Vulcan to pick up its new commanding officer. Assuming that is still the plan, does that mean the new captain is Vulcan? Or were they just hanging out there waiting for their ride to arrive? We’ll have to wait and see… Although, given the short-lived tenure of the previous captains of the Discovery, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t stick around for long.
At the end of February, CBS renewed ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ for a 3rd Season, with a few changes behind the cameras. Alex Kurtzman, head of all things “Trek” for the network, will share showrunning responsibilities with Michelle Paradise, who joined the show in Season 2. This frees up Kurtzman to Kurtzman focus on the numerous other new Trek shows he has in development. There is the much talked about ‘Picard’ series, which will see Patrick Stewart don a Starfleet uniform once more. There is the animated comedy ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ which focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships. They are also rumoured to be working on a ‘Section 31’ series starring Michelle Yeoh, working for the darker, “black ops” side of the federation, and another possible animated show for Nickelodeon.
‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ Season to is currently airing on Netflix UK, with new episodes releasing every Friday.