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Star Trek: Discovery star responds to season 3's massive time-jump

Star Trek: Discovery star Doug Jones has spoken out about season 3's big twist – a permanent time jump 930 years into the future.

In keeping with the franchise's aim to "boldly go" where nobody has gone before, Discovery has tackled an enormous leap into the future in its latest season and plunged the crew of the USS Discovery into uncharted territory.

Jones recently spoke to Collider about the CBS All Access sci-fi show's bold move, explaining that the move away from the established Star Trek timeline will give the writers a lot more freedom to explore new elements of the universe.

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"[The show] has massively changed," he said. "We are boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before and that was a permanent jump to the future. 930 years. So not just a couple of years.

"We went to a whole new era with a new set of rules, new worlds, new customs, new everything. What this did for the writers, though, we were playing ten years before the original series in the first two seasons...

"We started having to adhere to canon and making sure everything we were doing didn't affect later series and decisions and canon and storylines that they have already filmed and we had to fit in with that. Now we've jumped ahead to where the writers have freedom to create from the ground up.

"That's exciting, and we'll explore new worlds and new creatures and, of course, the nostalgia of all the species you know already, we're going to visit them again but they might have different relationships to each other than what you know. It's all exciting to see how the galaxy has changed in those 930 years."

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Jones' character, Kelpien Starfleet Officer Saru, also has a big question on his mind as season 3 begins, as he and the rest of the crew consider who should become the new permanent captain of the Discovery – acting captain Saru or Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)?

"What's going to happen to our captain's chair permanently? We don't know," he said. "Saru and Michael Burnham, we shared a glance across the bridge...

"It's understood the two of us are probably equally well-qualified for it, equally desirous of it, but equally desirous that the other person get it. Because our relationship has grown, and gotten so brotherly/sisterly that we really do appreciate and respect each other so much, that I want that position for her as much as she wants it for me.

"That's yet to be decided."

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Another big question for season 3 is whether the crew will be able to find the Federation and, if they do, what sort of state it will be in.

"In episode 1, it was shown that the Federation has kind of been missing," Jones said. "If they're out there, they're well-hidden. So it probably will have to come down to Michael Burnham and Saru to decide among themselves. That has yet to be explored."

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.

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