Star Trek: Discovery season 3: How far forward is the time jump?
Warning: Contains spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman has confirmed how far into the future we’ll be flung for season three, and it’s a considerable leap forward.
The show’s second season ended with a cosmic jump down a wormhole, as Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew aboard Discovery were sent barrelling into an unspecified time in the future.
Considering the recent season revisited a number of classic characters from the original series, like Spock (Ethan Peck) and Captain Pike (Anson Mount), it’s a bold move to abandon these altogether in one swoop.
But how far in the future have they actually travelled? Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kurtzman laid down specifics on the matter.
‘We are jumping 950 years into the future for season three,’ Kurtzman said.
The events of Star Trek: Discovery’s first two seasons took place roughly 10 years prior to events on Star Trek: The Original Series, meaning the show’s third season will be placed in the 33rd century.
For context, the final Star Trek: The Next Generation movie, Nemesis, took place in the late 24th century, with the upcoming series around Jean Luc-Picard taking place about two decades later. In other words, Discovery is boldly going into brand new territory for the franchise.
Kurtzman added: ‘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 [JJ Abrams] films where we stuck with canonical problems. We knew how Kirk 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.’
It’s a gamble, but it’s an exciting one filled with possibilities – we’ll just have to hope Discovery can bring enough original material to the Star Trek universe worth exploring.
You can catch the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Netflix.
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