Big things are afoot in the world of Star Trek: Discovery.  SPOILERS FOLLOW.

It’s no secret that large swathes of the fan base are not exactly feeling this latest evolution of Star Trek. From a dislike of the JJ Abrams Kelvin timeline to openly mocking Picard. It’s not been a good few months to be a Star Trek executive at CBS.

The show that attracted some of the most vitriolic criticism was the first serialised show since Enterprise – CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery.  One thing you have to give Discovery some credit for it it’s attempts to change itself up.  From introducing the Pike-era Enterprise at the end of season one, to the completely unexpected end to season two.

This season closed out with the crew jumping 930 years into their future. For years fancy have asked to see what happened after The Next Generation. Then Picard showed us and we responded with “No! Not like that!”. It’s doubtful Star Trek: Discovery will please fans either but at least they are trying.

The original setting was the 2200s, then into the late 2300s for The Next Generation and beyond. This now moves the show into 3187.

Even if you take into account time slips, time travel and the temporal Cold War this is way beyond any timeline we have ever seen before.  It opens up a myriad of storytelling possibilities.

It is also so far in the future it could be classed as basically a blank slate.  Who knows what has changed in nearly 1000 years across the Star Trek galaxy?

With this blank slate will also come a few other changes, including in tone. This is according to one Trek veteran who fans do respect, Number One himself, Jonathan Frakes. The star, now director, is to direct a number of the new episodes and in an interview with he spoke in detail about plans:

“Michael Burnham has found a new core, not to mention a new partner in crime. So again, there’s a big tonal shift on that show, less driven by the pain and guilt of her past and more about the magical reunification of the Discovery crew and wherever she went off to. God knows where she went as the Red Angel.

So those two things coming back together is very much the theme, and how grateful everyone is and what’s next. It’s got a lot of action-adventure and not so much pain.”

This new partner is Cleveland ‘Book’ Booker, a Han-Solo type to be played by David Ajala.

The entire season was shot and editing plus VFX work is being handled remotely due to COVID19. This is taking a little longer than normal so the show is likely to return a few months later than planned.