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The flagship Star Trek franchise for the 21st Century


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 TitleAir Date
1The Vulcan HelloSept. 24, 2017
2Battle at the Binary StarsSept. 24, 2017
3Context Is for KingsOct. 1, 2017
4The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s CryOct. 8, 2017
5Choose Your PainOct. 15, 2017
6LetheOct. 22, 2017
7Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go MadOct. 29, 2017
8Si Vis Pacem, Para BellumNov. 5, 2017
9Into the Forest I GoNov. 12, 2017
10Despite YourselfJan. 7, 2018
11The Wolf InsideJan. 14, 2018
12Vaulting AmbitionJan. 21, 2018
13What’s Past Is PrologueJan. 28, 2018
14The War Without, The War WithinFeb. 4, 2018
15Will You Take My Hand?Feb. 11, 2018

No.Episode TitleAir Date
16BrotherJan. 17, 2019
17New EdenJan. 24, 2019
18Point of LightJan. 31, 2019
19An Obol for CharonFeb. 7, 2019
20Saints of ImperfectionFeb. 14, 2019
21The Sound of ThunderFeb. 21, 2019
22Light and ShadowsFeb. 28, 2019
23If Memory ServesMar. 7, 2019
24Project DaedalusMar. 14, 2019
25The Red AngelMar. 21, 2019
26Perpetual InfinityMar. 28, 2019
27Through the Valley of ShadowsApr. 4, 2019
28 + 29Such Sweet SorrowApr. 11, 2019

No.Episode TitleAir Date
30That Hope Is You, Part 1Oct. 15, 2020
31Far From HomeOct. 22, 2020
32People of EarthOct. 29, 2020
33Forget Me NotNov. 5, 2020
34Die TryingNov. 12, 2020
35ScavengersNov. 19, 2020
36Unification IIINov. 26, 2020
37The SanctuaryDec. 3, 2020
38Terra Firma, Part IDec. 10, 2020
39Terra Firma, Part IIDec. 17, 2020
40Su’Kal (formerly The Citadel)Dec. 24, 2020
41There Is A Tide… (formerly The Good of the People) Dec. 31, 2020
42That Hope Is You, Part 2 (formerly Outside)Jan. 7, 2021

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