Star Trek: Discovery is launching into its third season with its characters 1,000 years in the future, further than any Star Trek show has gone before. Along the journey with them is newcomer Cleveland Booker a.k.a. Book, played by David Ajala (Supergirl). He made his Star Trek debut on the panel alongside fellow cast member and star Sonequa Martin-Green, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, and Michelle Paradise.
Kurtzman addressed the questions swimming in the air about the tone of the new season by saying, “Every conversation about how we create Star Trek is filtered through Roddenberry’s essential vision of optimism, which can never really change, because it is the spirit and the soul of Trek for all of us.” He also added that in season three, “We get to honor canon, but shake it up hugely. We’re not erasing anything, so please don’t worry about that. It’s still Star Trek and it will always be Star Trek the way Roddenberry wanted it.”
Ajala then introduced himself, saying what a pleasure it was to “be a part of this wonderful franchise”, and throwing up a Vulcan salute to the crowd. He expounded on Book’s character, saying he’s going to “break the rules just a little bit”.
According to the official CBS All Access character description he is “smart and capable, with a natural charisma and a devil-may-care attitude that tends to get him into trouble as often as it gets him out.”
Of the promo image, shot in Iceland, Martin-Green said, “As you can see, we are not in Terralysium, so I’m going to tease you guys a little bit. We do not land there like we planned. This venture into the future is so powerful because we became a family at the end of season two, and now are forging this path that has never been forged before, boldly I might add.”
The new season will also include brand new Short Treks. Some will involve Spock and Pike, three will be animated, and the last one will be a teaser for Star Trek: Picard, set 15 years before the series begins. One episode features the fan-favorite tribbles, and Bob’s Burgers actor, H. Jon Benjamin. You can check out the Short Treks trailer here. The panel then brought out surprise guests from the Short Treks, Ethan Peck, who plays Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One.
Bringing the conversation back to the new season Kurtzman said, “The great thing about the third season of the television show is that season one was about these people coming together and figuring out who they were as a family, season two was about solidifying them, but then they choose each other for eternity. Star Trek has always been a show about a bridge crew family.”
He added, “There’s going to be a whole exploration of what the world looks like 1,000 years from now. We’re building a future that is complicated. The thing that I think defines Trek is that it always pays attention to the small character moments in the middle of all the big. It’s always about the little things. Our focus is always on what does it mean and what does it do for the characters.”
As they wrapped up their portion for the next two Star Trek shows in the panel Martin-Green closed with a joyous, “God is good! I’m so excited.”