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Star Trek: Discovery producer says season three will link up to original canon

Fans of the Star Trek world will be happy to note that season three of the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery will be keeping true to the original show.

Star Trek: Discovery is entering the final part of season two, and showrunners are already working on a third season.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman attended PaleyFest at Hollywood’s history Dolby Theatre, one of TV’s biggest festivals, to talk about the new season and how it’s pushing limits.

Speaking to SYFY Wire and Nerdist on the red carpet about it, he said: ‘Well, it’s Sunday and I just came from the writers’ room right to the press line, so season three is well on its way. Now we have some very concrete ideas, none of which I will tell you about.’

Kurtzman is keen to remain in line with Star Trek canon, though he reveals there may be surprises on the horizon.

‘We will be syncing up with TOS [The Original Series],’ he revealed. ‘You will be seeing many things that are entirely recognisable, and some things that are not, and that, I think, is the beautiful space we’re lucky enough to occupy about Trek is, “How do you meet all of the expectations and how do you defy them all at the same time?”’

He kept tight-lipped about the specifics of what will be familiar and what will be new.

The second season is already aligning with the original components of the show, such as bringing in Captain Christopher Pike and adding Spock to the cast.

Speaking of the end of season two, actor Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt Commander Paul Stamets in the show, told the Wire: ‘I think that the last few episodes will really close the circle for people. If we’ve done our job, what was on the page … I haven’t seen them yet, but what was on the page in the scripts, closes the circle; it answers the questions that are lingering and remaining for people of how we fit in.’

‘And I believe very strongly that it will leave people satisfied. … As someone who cares about continuity, to some degree, I was like, “If this doesn’t make people happy, I don’t know what else we can do.”’

Still, fans will have surprises before the end of season two. Doug Jones, who plays Commander Saru, hinted that the finale will have some unexpected fireworks. ‘As I read the final script for Season 2, my jaw dropped,’ he revealed.

‘I’m dumbfounded with where we’re headed. So I think the fans can expect to boldly go where no Star Trek series has ever gone before.’

Wilson Cruz (Dr Hugh Culber) echoed those sentiments. ‘Expect the unexpected, is what my mother always says, and it couldn’t be more true, especially on this season, cause it’ll change everything,’ he warned.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS in the US and on Netflix in the UK.

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