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Star Trek: Discovery - 10 Things That Happened In The Season 3 Premiere That We Loved

Star Trek: Discoveryrecently returned for its third season on CBS All Access and the show is charting a new course in a never before explored part of the franchise's history - the far future. With the Discovery and her crew almost a thousand years ahead of the 23rd century and beyond the constraints of the canon, it's all uncharted territory.

The show has already been renewed for a fourth season, but the third is brimming with ideas, possibilities, and questions. There is so much to like about where the new season is headed.

10 The Burn

A thousand years in the future sounds like the Federation would be so advanced it would be unrecognizable. In fact, the galaxy has regressed terribly. The mysterious event called The Burn is one of the most fascinating things about the new season and the central mystery.

What was it? What caused it (or who)? The event destroyed dilithium on a galaxy-wide scale and threw the Federation and Starfleet back into the Dark Ages of space exploration.

9 Starfleet Doesn't Quit

Only the Discovery may have the solution to repair the damage of The Burn with its unique spore drive, which doesn't depend on dilithium crystals. They won't be entirely alone, however. Burnham discovers at the end of the first episode of the new season that both the Federation and Starfleet still exist, though in truncated forms.

Even in a bleak landscape like the 32nd century, hope survives and so do the ideals of the Federation. This is a great concept to focus on as opposed to a future where the Federation has been completely destroyed.

8 New Frontier

Though the Federation and its component pieces still exist in some form in the future, much of the 32nd century is a new frontier. This is an exciting element for the new season. As good as the show has been previously, the series tended to rely too much on connections to other Star Trek shows and characters, to the point it felt restrictive.

Though some aliens from the past exist in the future (more on them in a moment) the 32nd century is a clean slate for the series to explore.

7 Trance Worm

The Trance Worm is one of the weirdest and coolest moments of the first episode. Discovery has a huge budget compared to past Trek shows, evidenced in its location filming in Iceland and the giant CGI alien creature. Nothing like it has really been seen in Star Trek before.

The Trance Worm is the cargo of Book, a fascinating character in the new season, and eats through a gang of bad guys like they're candy. Burnham almost gets eaten, too, until Book saves her.

6 Andorians, Orions, Oh My

Book takes Burnham to a market on the planet she crashes on in the first episode. There she discovers an array of brand new alien species. Also among them are some familiar faces. It's always great when Star Trek brings back some old favorites and Discovery does in the Andorians and Orions.

Both are classic aliens from The Original Series and their alliance in the future is in many ways shocking. The two were natural enemies in the distant past of the galaxy.

5 Burnham's Trip

In the market, Book doublecrosses Burnham and she gets captured by the alien gang. They give her a mind-altering drug to tell the truth and it is the funniest moment in maybe the entire series.

Burnham goes on a trip greater than any she's ever gone before (and she's gone through space and time). Burnham rambles through a series of self-reflections that's both a little bit of a humblebrag ("I saved all the things!") to honest reflection ("I’m so supportive! I am overcompensating!").

4 Programmable Matter

Every iteration of Star Trek introduces some kind of cool new tech. Discovery has mostly relied on old standbys to this point given its place in canon (its communicators and phasers now antiques) but with the jump to the future, it introduces its own awesome contribution.

Programmable matter seems like the natural extension of the replicator. Instead of recycling matter, this new tech allows people to construct it from the molecular level into pretty much anything they want (new dilithium?).

3 Book Talks To Animals

Cleveland 'Book' Booker is one of the best things about the new season. The charming and handsome rogue introduces a new element to the series and a lot of new mystery. He's human, it seems, but there are some things about him that don't quite add up yet.

His forehead glows, for one. He is also able to communicate with animals and plants. Is Book an evolved form of human? Is he augmented? No matter the answer, he's a cool new character.

2 Morn Says... Nothing

Among the numerous aliens populating the market is a member of the Lorn species. If they seem familiar, it's because of one of the greatest background characters in Trek history - Morn.

Morn was seen in nearly every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and never once spoke (though everyone else on the show complained that he never stopped talking). He always sat at the bar in Quark's and it's great to see another member of his species on-screen (and to see they're equally silent).

1 Grudge The Cat

The best thing about the new season without a doubt is Grudge the Cat. Grudge is the feline companion of Book and her own source of mystery. She's pretty big for a cat (though Book says she has a thyroid problem). That might not be entirely the truth.

Grudge seems to be able to track the conversations between Book and Burnham and her great size may be due to the fact that Book calls her a 'queen.' Is she actually a cat? Is she another type of being masquerading as one? Time will tell, but odds are the answers will be unexpected.

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