Star Trek: Discovery will release its midseason finale this Sunday on CBS All Access, which means fans will have to wait until 2018 for the series to pick back up for Chapter 2. Fortunately, we now know how long that wait will be, as CBS announced ahead of the holiday break that Michael Burnham and the Discovery crew will resume with Chapter 2 on January 7, the first Sunday of 2018.
From that point on, it will be business as usual for new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, with episodes coming available Sundays on CBS All Access at 8:30 p.m. ET. The good news is, there won't be any further breaks, and the series will air the season's final six episodes in successive Sundays all the way up to the Season 1 finale on February 11th. Apparently, the Super Bowl won't affect the release schedule of episodes as there was no mention of the NFL's main event, which will run alongside the penultimate episode that is currently set to release on the same day, February 4. Then again, CBS isn't hosting the big game this year, and without linear ratings to worry about, it comes as little surprise the network wouldn't make accommodations to account for it.
So now that we know Star Trek: Discovery is only going to be gone for two months, we'll have to see what happens with CBS All Access' subscriptions, since some people likely chose to join up just for Star Trek: DIscovery. For those that haven't subscribed to the service and are waiting to use a free trial to binge Season 1, there's possibly some extra value in just waiting until February 11th to see the whole season for free, barring time restraints. Of course, that waiting is easier said than done for franchise fans who've heard the buzz surrounding Sonequa Martin-Green as leading character Michael Burnham or Rainn Wilson's awesome performance as Star Trek character Harry Mudd, but waiting is possible.
With Season 2 a sure thing, one has to wonder exactly what storylines this series will continue to dive into as the show progresses. Will there be more of Michael growing up in Sarek's home? Will we see her brother Spock? When is that whole mirror-universe storyline going to fully come into play? For more analysis on things of that nature, be sure to check out the latest episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast where we get down and dirty with the new Star Trek series.