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Star Trek: Discovery showrunner talks game-changing season two finale and what it means going forward

Spoilers for season two of Star Trek: Discovery follow. You have been warned…

CBS All Access aired the season two finale of Star Trek: Discovery this past weekend, with ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’ delivering a major shift in the status quo of the show, as well as answering burning questions such as the complete absence of any references to the U.S.S. Discovery and characters such as Michael Burnham in the rest of the Trek canon.

The episode saw the Discovery and its crew disappearing into a wormhole which transported them 950 years into the future, meaning the upcoming third season will take place in the 32nd century – some 750 years or so further into the future than anything we’ve seen in the Star Trek universe to date.

Speaking to THR, showrunner Alex Kurtzman has been speaking about the decision to jump to a completely new time period, and the creative opportunities this offers going forward.

“We love playing within canon,” said Kurtzman. “It’s a delight and a privilege. It’s fun to explore nooks and crannies of the universe that people haven’t fully explored yet. That being said, we felt strongly that we wanted to give ourselves an entirely new energy for season three with a whole new set of problems. We’re farther than any Trek show has ever gone. I also had experience working on the [J.J. Abrams] films where we were stuck with canonical problems. We knew how Kirk had died, and we wondered how we could put him in jeopardy to make it feel real. That’s what led us to go with an alternate timeline; suddenly we could tell the story in a very unpredictable way. That’s the same thought process that went into jumping 950 years into the future. We’re now completely free of canon, and we have a whole new universe to explore.”

What did you make of season two of Star Trek: Discovery and its big time jump? Are you looking forward to the 32nd century adventures of the crew? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…