“#‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 3 premiere set on CBS All Access”
July 27, 2020 | 2:19pm
The franchise installment, which stars Sonequa Martin-Green as redeemed Commander Michael Burnham, will head into previously uncharted territory: Namely, a starship and crew launched into a timeline 930 years into the future.
When the second season ended in April 2019, Martin-Green told The Post that the finale was “exhilarating,” borrowing a line from the original series’ star William Shatner, “We are boldly going where no one has gone before — come on!”
The surge forward — leaving behind the crew of the USS Enterprise, including Captain Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck) — opened up a strange, new world of possibilities and potential for facing new life and new civilizations. A Season 3 trailer, released at New York Comic Con last October, suggested that Starfleet was a “ghost” of its former, idealistic self and that Burnham and his crew would be the key to rediscovering its sense of purpose.
“This ship bears the name Discovery,” intoned Starfleet officer Saru (Doug Jones) in a voiceover. “She has carried us into the future, and it will be our privilege to make that future bright.”
The clip also offered glimpses of other crew members, including Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Lt. Keyla Detmer (Emily Coutts), Lt. Joann Owosekun (Oyin Oladejo) and Philippa Georgiou (“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh), as well as new cast member David Ajala as Cleveland Booker.
The show wrapped filming on Season 3 at the end of February, according to a Twitter post by executive producer and director Olatunde Osunsanmi, but seemingly faced production delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CBS’ ever-expanding “Trek” universe already includes Sir Patrick Stewart’s “Star Trek: Picard,” which launched in January and was renewed for a second season. It’s a follow-up to the British actor’s role in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series and movies and includes cameos by “Trek” stars of bygone days, including “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jeri Ryan as ex-Borg Seven of Nine.
In May, CBS announced an as-yet-untitled “Discovery” prequel starring Mount, who played Captain Pike, Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One.
The network is also planning a “Discovery” spinoff, reportedly titled “Star Trek: Section 31,” about the shadowy Starfleet intelligence organization run by Yeoh’s character Georgiou. Meanwhile, an animated comedy titled “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere Aug. 6, and Nickelodeon last week announced another animated show, “Star Trek: Prodigy,” which will debut in 2021.
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