The Star Trek: Discovery panel at New York Comic Con brought some exciting questions and enlightening answers over the weekend.  And, maybe more importantly, it also delivered a trailer for season 2.  The trailer revealed a surprise or two and an epic quest for truth.

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The trailer is full of drama, action, danger and a couple of reveals.  Season 2 is centered around 7 red signals that Discovery will systematically follow.  Anson Mount (Christopher Pike) addressed the approach to season 2 at the NYCC panel on Saturday.  He said,

“Each step, each time we chase down a signal, there is a step towards truth. What I really like about what the writers are doing with this, is while they are maintaining this decision to do this serialized version of Star Trek, this choice of chasing down the signals is bringing in a sort of classic episodic feel to the second season. So, each show does have its own character, its own question, while maintaining this really strong through line.”

The signals relate to a “red angel” that both Spock (Ethan Peck), who shows up bearded at the end of the trailer, and Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) have seen before.  This is the most intriguing part of the tease of season 2.  They are dealing with something bigger than they’ve dealt with before.  It’s etherial on some level.  And, it causes Burnham to feel that “everything will be okay.”  They’re getting into a quest of fate or for faith with visions and such.  Let’s get epic. 

The reveals include the aforementioned appearance of bearded Spock, our first look at Number One (Rebecca Romijn), the reemergence of Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) as the newest member of Section 31 and Klingons with hair.  Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) addressed the change while on the panel.  She explained that there is a reference in Discovery inspired by an episode called Rightful Heir in season 6 of The Next Generation.  “We see that in a time of war the Klingons would shave their heads, and in a time of peace, we start to grow it back out. I really love the symbolism of that.”, she said. 

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All in all, the trailer looks awesome.  And anyone worried about Discovery not fitting into the Star Trek universe (we’re not), Anthony Rapp had something to say about that.  “Trust that we have a long game approach to how this will fit in and this will all get answered through season two.” Because, Starfleet is a promise.  

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All Access January 17, 2019.

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