During the Star Trek panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Star Trek Discovery creator Alex Kurtzman provided some new information about the show’s upcoming third season. Discovery kicked off the panel and Kurtzman confirmed that the show will take a “radical jump 1000 years into the future.”
This leap of time, he noted, was further than any Star Trek has gone before. As such, the show will introduce numerous changes. There will be “things you recognize, things you don’t recognize,” Kurtzman said. “We get to honor canon, but shake it up quite a bit. It’s still Star Trek, and it will always be Star Trek the way Roddenberry wanted it.”
Continuing, David Ajala was introduced and confirmed to be playing a new character, Cleveland Booker, nicknamed Book. He’s a character that is described as written to “break the rules a little bit.” Ajala added: “And we do break the rules at the start of the season.” Book is also said to be someone you don’t initially expect.
The crowd was then shown a photo of Book and Burnham, the protagonist of Discovery played by Sonequa Martin-Green, wearing long coats standing by the water. The photo was taken in Iceland. Martin-Green stated, “We go to the deepest level of Discovery in Season 3 because we’re in this new place together. We have to figure out where we are and who we are. It’s exciting.”
Kurtzman continued, “They (the discovery crew) choose each other for eternity and leave their families behind. People you’ve met will take center stage, there will be a ton of new characters. The thing that defines Trek is that it’s always about the little, always about the humans, the interspecial interaction. Our focus is on what does it mean and what does it do for the characters?”
One key question is who will be captain, and that’s a subject left intentionally unanswered during the panel.
Expect quite a bit more on Star Trek, including details on Picard. For more on what’s been happening at the show, check out our SDCC 2019 hub, where you’ll find all the latest news. We’ve also put together a roundup of all the coolest trailers from SDCC, so it’s the place to go if you want to catch up on what TVs and movies have in store for us.