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Comic-Con 2020: Star Trek: Discovery Q&A and Season 3 Discussion

Star Trek: Discovery continues to be a gift! At this year’s ComicCon@Home virtual event, the season 2 cast beamed down to participate in a table read of the season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” and answer questions regarding season 3.

What made the table read even more special? The fact that it included never-before-seen bonus content, such as storyboards and visual effects renderings.

Here are a few favorites I snagged from the stream, which you can watch in its entirety (for free) on CBS:

The table read itself was nothing short of amazing. Star Trek came prepared to ComicCon@Home and went above and beyond for Discovery fans by taking an ordinary Zoom call and transforming it into something more.

The Discovery panel also featured a Q&A about character journeys in season 2 and what we could potentially see in season 3. I didn’t expect anything too revealing to come from it, but I did grab some of my favorite quotes pertaining to the upcoming season.

Continuing the Tradition of Star Trek Taking a Social and Political Stance

Star Trek has always been this aspiration for our society, for our country. That it has always set a goal, and that it’s been our job to help not only imagine that future, but to create it,” said Wilson Cruz (Hugh Culber) in response to Star Trek continuing its role in highlighting social and political issues. “And so, I think going into season 3, we have an opportunity to really have a conversation about the world we want to create and how each of us has a responsibility to create it together. So I’m grateful for the history Star Trek has created in terms of giving us something to aspire to, and so I hope we continue that with season 3.”

As we’ve seen in the Star Trek: Discovery season 3 teaser trailer and in this recent promo, the flag of the United Federation of Planets only has 6 stars, but the Federation included numerous planetary sovereignties. What happened to the Federation?

I’m sure we’ll discover the truth once Discovery returns, but there’s still the question of what’s going to happen moving forward. Cruz’s statement about “the world we want to create” has a bit more weight to it now. If Michael and the crew of the Discovery are remnants or ghosts of the past, is it up to them to pick up the pieces and restore the Federation to what it once was?

Burnham’s Hope for Starfleet and Herself Moving Into Season 3

“We, the crew of Star Trek Discovery, in the finale are deciding to sacrifice everything, everything we have for the future,” said Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) when talking about her character’s hope for the future and herself. “And so there’s the obvious hope that that works, that the plan works, and even logistically, that we land where we’re supposed to, that we defeat Control, that we save the world, and save the universe. So there’s the inherent hope of that, and then I think there’s also a hope of continuing to discover myself as Burnham. That will always be there, that hope of unveiling — continual unveiling — and finding that perfect sweet, sweet balance, between all the forces that wage within me.”

One of my favorite Star Wars (yes, Star Wars) lessons is how we never stop learning and we never stop developing as people. Just because you’ve reached a certain age or level, it doesn’t mean you’ve learned everything there is to know about yourself. I’m curious what other aspects of Michael’s personality or capabilities will she learn about herself.

She will no doubt experience challenges in season 3, especially if she feels guilt or a sense of “I could have done more” when she discovers the state of the Federation and the universe. I feel like she’s going to need the Discovery crew at that point because they often provide the voices and guidance she can’t supply for herself.

Saru and the Kelpiens

It’s heartbreaking to know Saru had to leave his sister and his people twice, but the way the Kelpiens were freed and given the opportunity to become a warp-capable society, it gives me the impression we might see them again, perhaps in a more evolved and technologically advanced way. I don’t think that storyline is over for him, and Saru might see the good (or bad? You never know!) that came from helping his people.

Georgiou’s State of Mind

“I think she’s really pissed off,” Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) said in a humorous way. “Emperor Georgiou, Captain Georgiou, she is one that always finds her way into adapting because she is a survivor with many skills and a formidable ally or an enemy. So she goes in there being very pissed off, but then, I’m sure very quickly, she’ll find a way around. And power is something inherently she has. She doesn’t even seek it. She just has it.”

Depending on what the future looks like, I wouldn’t be surprised if Georgiou sees this as an opportunity to reestablish herself as a powerful leader and get her Empire back. Part of me doesn’t think she’ll go that far, but Yeoh said it best herself, Georgiou can be a formidable enemy. She’s, without a doubt, a wild card. You just don’t know which way she’ll go, so it’ll be fascinating to see how she takes her new circumstances and bends them to her liking.

Exploring Discovery as a Family

Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets) briefly spoke about the Discovery crew and their interactions throughout the third season, “To me, one of the great things about season 3 is it really blends the personal/family nature of our show, and not just literal family, like our coupledom, but also the family of the ship. It really explores family in wonderful new ways… That’s one of the major things that gets developed in season 3, for sure.”

There’s nothing I love more in a story than a crew who become a family. They’re at the edge of the unknown and left everything behind, but they have each other. This kind of ordeal is bound to bring people closer together, and in the process, we learn more about the individual characters. After all, relationships have a way at offering insight into how we view ourselves.

The New Culber

Wilson Cruz said a few interesting things about Dr. Culber and how he’s changed for the better going into the upcoming season, “I think what’s great about season 3 is… he’s taken a risk without knowing what’s going to happen. He chooses to stay on Discovery… Because he made this choice, he knows he’s different, he knows he’s looking at his work different, he knows he feels different about his place in the world and what his purpose is. And so, the relationship [with Paul] is different in that way, too. It’s more on an equal footing, I think. And I’m excited about the new responsibility I take on in terms of my work and mental health, and I love the new Culber. He’s more three-dimensional in my head.”

Culber choosing to stay at the end of the second season shows how he’s taken control of his life again. And now that he has this newfound control, I can see him having the energy and drive to tackle what’s out there with Stamets alongside him. I can only imagine who or what they’ll encounter along the way, but it’s good to know he’s back on his A game, since he needs to make sure he provides the best medical services to the remaining crew.

Tilly’s Career Path 

Mary Wiseman believes Sylvia Tilly is still on the path to becoming a Starfleet captain, “I think there are some pretty big speed bumps in season 2 on that road, but I think that’s always her pie in the sky, reaching sort of the zenith of leadership within Starfleet. And you can see more about that journey in season 3, but we’re also really on the edge of the unknown, so I think all of our ideas about what the future holds and who we are and who we want to be are going to be transformed.”

Well said, Ensign Tilly! It’ll be intriguing to see some people struggle or second-guess the decision they made to stay on Discovery, especially someone like Tilly because she had a clear goal from the start. How will she cope with his major shift in her career path? How will she transform her goals and herself in this new setting?

Until we can get all of these answers and more, purchase season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray, or rewatch the series from the beginning on CBS All Access.

Season 3 will be streaming weekly on Thursdays starting on October 15.

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