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Much like the series it followed, Star Trek: Discovery was (is still being) used to launch a new network, this time CBS All Access. But a lot had changed since the days of Enterprise. After the end of that series, which lasted just four seasons, it seemed that Star Trek was dead in the water. After 2002, until 2009, there was no Trek on television, or in theaters.

In 2007, however, Paramount gave the power to super-director J.J. Abrams to reimagine the franchise. Abrams, and collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller helped craft a new kind of reboot. Their version of Star Trek was more action oriented, which upset some fans. But the trick worked, and Star Trek (2009) spawned two sequels, Into Darkness and Beyond.

On television, after Enterprise was canceled, fans got to see a new kind of science fiction show, with roots in the 1970s. The reimagined Battlestar Galactica, which was created by Trek veteran Ronald D. Moore pushed the limits of what sci-fi could be on television. Moore’s new show was a saga, which spanned years, not mere episodes. Battlestar was a huge success. Could Trek do something similar?

Show creators Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller.

Smelling a successful formula, CBS contracted with Fuller and Kurtzman to develop a new show, which followed the style of the successful film series, and not Enterprise. Fuller was taking the lead on developing the new show, but was eventually forced out, leaving Kurtzman in sole charge. It was Fuller who wanted to center the show around a Black female lead, and give a prominent part to an openly Gay character — both firsts for Trek.

Kurtzman delivered on Fuller’s plan. Discovery is led by Sonequa Martin-Green as the main character, Commander Michael Burnham, and features Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) as the openly Gay character. Oh, he’s also a science officer aboard the Discovery, responsible for running the “spore drive.”

Discovery was wedged between ST:E and TOS in the Trek timeline, which caused more heartburn for fans. But as of Season 3, the show and the ship have moved 930 years into the future, where Burnham and her team face a new situation.

Season 1Season 2Season 3
No. Episode Title Air Date
1 The Vulcan Hello Sept. 24, 2017
2 Battle at the Binary Stars Sept. 24, 2017
3 Context Is for Kings Oct. 1, 2017
4 The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry Oct. 8, 2017
5 Choose Your Pain Oct. 15, 2017
6 Lethe Oct. 22, 2017
7 Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad Oct. 29, 2017
8 Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum Nov. 5, 2017
9 Into the Forest I Go Nov. 12, 2017
10 Despite Yourself Jan. 7, 2018
11 The Wolf Inside Jan. 14, 2018
12 Vaulting Ambition Jan. 21, 2018
13 What’s Past Is Prologue Jan. 28, 2018
14 The War Without, The War Within Feb. 4, 2018
15 Will You Take My Hand? Feb. 11, 2018

No. Episode Title Air Date
16 Brother Jan. 17, 2019
17 New Eden Jan. 24, 2019
18 Point of Light Jan. 31, 2019
19 An Obol for Charon Feb. 7, 2019
20 Saints of Imperfection Feb. 14, 2019
21 The Sound of Thunder Feb. 21, 2019
22 Light and Shadows Feb. 28, 2019
23 If Memory Serves Mar. 7, 2019
24 Project Daedalus Mar. 14, 2019
25 The Red Angel Mar. 21, 2019
26 Perpetual Infinity Mar. 28, 2019
27 Through the Valley of Shadows Apr. 4, 2019
28 + 29 Such Sweet Sorrow Apr. 11, 2019

No. Episode Title Air Date
30 That Hope Is You, Part 1 Oct. 15, 2020
31 Far From Home Oct. 22, 2020
32 People of Earth Oct. 29, 2020
33 Forget Me Not Nov. 5, 2020
34 Die Trying Nov. 12, 2020
35 Scavengers Nov. 19, 2020
36 Unification III Nov. 26, 2020
37 The Sanctuary Dec. 3, 2020
38 Terra Firma, Part I Dec. 10, 2020
39 Terra Firma, Part II Dec. 17, 2020
40 Su’Kal (formerly The Citadel) Dec. 24, 2020
41 There Is A Tide… (formerly The Good of the People)  Dec. 31, 2020
42 That Hope Is You, Part 2 (formerly Outside) Jan. 7, 2021

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