Star Trek: Discovery's New Trailer Brings the Fight for the Federation to the Far Future

Michael has a new Starfleet to uphold.
Michael has a new Starfleet to uphold.
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The crew of the Discovery made a terrible sacrifice at the end of season two, leaving their lives as they knew them behind and flinging the ship 930 years into the future, where the Federation is in some dire straits of its own (again). Now it seems it’s up to Michael and her friends to remind them of what the Federation has fought hard to stand for.


Star Trek’s all-encompassing Star Trek Day livestream event just kicked off with the latest look at the third season of Discovery, our first since that major glimpse at New York Comic-Con last year.

International fans can check out the trailer here.

After introducing us once more to the premise that this is the Federation of the 32nd Century—one battered and shattered by a strange cataclysm called “The Burn”—the new trailer gives us a taste of the rough times facing Discovery’s crew as they acclimatize to the strange new world they find themselves in, from strange tech to mysterious new factions, as well as some of the new characters they’ll meet in this distant future. Including David Ajala’s mysterious Book, who looks like he’ll become very close to the Discovery crew.

Star Trek: Discovery’s third season begins on CBS All Access October 15.

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This is what Star Wars should do in the next movies: fling itself a couple hundred years into the future. Not beholden to what is going to happen. Far enough away from the constraints of the present (and the bloodlines)

Obviously someone would point to the Legacy comics, and frankly I really really liked those, but they were only 100 years in the future. I’m saying go further - 200-500 years. Sure it can center on the Skywalker family line, but you could create a very different Republic. You could go wild with competing Sith empires or a resurgent Mandalorian Empire. You can make the Jedi order a power to be reckoned with. On the upswing since being re-founded by Rey with a different philosophy than the one of the prequels (or the High Republic one we are about to see). The tech can still be very similar since stuff doesn’t change that much. But you can go wild with what will happen - introduce brand new characters not connected with established ones while also not having to share screen time with established ones.