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Last year, after being absent from the TV realm for more than 10 years, the Star Trek franchise finally returned to the small screen with Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All-Access series set roughly a decade before the events of The Original Series. Only a month after Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 began airing, CBS ordered a Season 2, and production kicked off back in April. Now we have our first glimpse at what the show's sophomore season has in store thanks to a trailer that's come straight from San Diego Comic-Con.
For those who need a refresher, Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 wrapped up its Klingon storyline, only for the crew of the Discovery to receive a distress call from the U.S.S. Enterprise in the final minutes of the Season 1 finale. At that time, the Enterprise was under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, and months after it was announced that Inhumans star Anson Mount would play Discovery's version of Pike, this trailer officially introduces him. However, upon being beamed onto the Discovery, Pike reveals that per Starfleet's orders, he's taking control of the ship. From there, we're bombarded with clips of the action that Star Trek: Discovery has in store for Season 2, accompanied by Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away." Unusual song choice, but I'll take it.
While last season's storyline was largely war-based, Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 looks like it will revolve around a search, as there're seven red bursts spread out across more than 30,000 light years, but it's unclear where these signals came from or what they mean. That said, of all the footage in this trailer (which includes our first look at Tig Notaro's character), arguably the biggest thing outside of Christopher Pike's introduction is the tease of Star Trek legend Spock. We know that Star Trek: Discovery's main character, Sonequa Martin-Green's Michael Turnham, is Spock's foster sister, and it was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con today that Spock will indeed appear in the upcoming season. So in addition to investigating these signals, Michael will also be on the lookout for Spock.
This new Star Trek: Discovery trailer was also accompanied by a new casting. Rebecca Romijn has joined the series as Number One, Christopher Pike's right-hand officer. Number One was played by Majel Barrett (who later married Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and return to the franchise decades later as Lwaxana Troi) in Star Trek: The Original Series' first pilot, "The Cage," so it makes sense that with Pike playing a major role this season, she would be by his side.
It was also announced today that Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 will be preceded by short films this fall called Short Treks, which will be an "opportunity for deeper storytelling and exploration of key characters and themes which fit into Star Trek: Discovery" and run 10-15 minutes each. Rainn Wilson will reprise Harry Mudd in one episode (which he'll also direct) and Aldis Hodge will star in another episode as Craft, "a man who finds himself the only human on board a deserted ship." Other Short Treks episodes will include "a deep dive into Saru's backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, and Tilly's journey aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner."
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is expected to air on CBS All Access sometime in early 2019, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how things are progressing. For now, keep up to date with what's on TV now by checking out our summer premiere guide.