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Star Trek: Discovery Will Return for a Second Season

Image: CBS
Image: CBS

Before Star Trek: Discovery began, much was made of whether or not the show would be able to sustain subscriptions to CBS’s digital “All Access” service for a second season and beyond. Well, good news: It turns out Discovery’s been a huge success so far.

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CBS confirmed today that subscriber growth on All Access has lead to a second season of the show. No details about the second season were given—such as the number of episodes, or whether or not it too will be split into separate chapters as season one has been—but presumably the show will continue to air in the US exclusively on All Access, rather than making the leap to network TV. Here’s the brief statement released to press by Marc DeBevoise, CBS Interactive’s President and Chief Operating Officer:

In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise. This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.

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With so much of Discovery’s first season left to, well, discover, it’ll be interesting to see where a second season ultimately goes (other than the assumption that it will, of course, go boldly). Will we continue to see a tight focus on Michael Burnham’s journey, or will we expand to learn more about the rest if the USS Discovery’s crew in the manner of past Trek shows? Will the Klingon War still be ongoing, or will there be new threats—like, say, some sneaky Romulans? If this show keeps going on for a while, how close to the original series is it going to get?

We’ll have to wait and see, after Star Trek: Discovery’s first season fully concludes early next year.

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James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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DISCUSSION

First thing- CBS All Access sucks!

It is just awful and consistently so. With an excellent internet connection the video chokes, lags, and pixelates. This is not what television viewing in the 21st century should be, let alone one that is paid for and unnecessary but for the purpose of viewing this one show.

As for last nights episode, it was pretty good, particularly when compared to last weeks, and reinforced for me yet again the idea that the direction this show is going in is to completely reboot the original series.

Many are viewing this show, based on the comments made by the show runners as either a prequel to the original series or the first movie. I don’t think this is the case. The long game that CBS may be setting the foundation for is a complete reboot of the original series universe. I think it’s possible that the end game for this show is to conclude with a segue on to the Enterprise with either Christopher Pike or even Kirk, played by a new actor, commanding.