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After 12 years off the air, Star Trek will finally soar back onto our screens in Discovery, a new show that will stream exclusively on CBS All Access — and on for international viewers. So far, the news has been rather difficult to follow, with being pushed back twice already, and precious little plot details available so far. And yet, there's a lot we can glean from tiny hints buried in the numerous press releases, so here's your ultimate guide to Star Trek: Discovery!

'Star Trek: Discovery' News, Rumors & Spoilers

Updated 04/19/17:

Speaking to CBS's Mark Bevoise, Vulture reported that we may have even longer to wait for Star Trek: Discovery than we expected. The CBS Interactive president commented that Discovery's production is going very well, and that they want to keep the airdate flexible so they can release it when it looks perfect.

"It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates."

Previously, it was revealed that Sonequa Martin-Green's lead character on Star Trek: Discovery has a new name — and it's certainly a surprise.

The official Twitter page and website lists Martin-Green's character as "First Officer Michael Burnam". The fan website Trekmovie reached out to their CBS contacts who confirmed that this has always been the name of Martin-Green's character. Discovery writer Bo Yeon Kim also confirmed this on her Twitter account, saying "she is our Number One!"

Though this announcement has sparked much speculation about what Lt Commander Burnham's unusual name might mean, many outlets have pointed out that Michael has been used as a female first name before. It seems likely that this name is meant to hammer home the point that in Star Trek's future the lines between gender are blurred and somewhat broken down — after all, men wear skirts (/skants), and many of the aliens the Starfleet crews have encountered defy gender conventions.

Writer Ted Sullivan has posted some behind-the-scenes photos from the Discovery set to Twitter, teasing some of the starships (update: these have now been removed). Another photo teases the possibility of a cameo from Dr. Bones McCoy — or maybe Sullivan was just exploring the CBS archives.

A report has surfaced, claiming Star Trek: Discovery inside sources have revealed that the USS Shenzhou is in fact the USS Discovery, as the Shenzhou will be partially destroyed and refitted in the first episode of the show.

Star Trek: Discovery may air as early as August, if this hint is to be believed. The word "August" was Tweeted by @StarTrekDog, an account operated by Discovery writer Nicholas Meyer on behalf of his dog Stella.

This Tweet was quickly deleted, leading many fans to think that this might be a clue about Discovery's as-yet-unconfirmed release date. Known for writing/directing Wrath of Khan among other Star Trek films, Meyer has previously dropped multiple hints about the plot of the new show.

The extra who previously leaked the Klingon designs on Facebook has now retracted his statement that these alien characters are Klingons. Responding to a message from an io9 writer, the extra explained that he "just thought they kinda looked like them."

While this could be true, considering the actor was on the set he would have known which alien race these actors are portraying. The extra also seems to be playing one of the aliens, as he captioned the picture "Hanging out with my new Klingon Crew today on the set of the new ". So it seems highly likely that the poor guy is responding to pressure from the network to not treat this as an official revelation.

But who knows, maybe the characters aren't Klingon after all — which would probably be a good thing, considering this redesign erases a chunk of their cultural heritage.

The musical theme for Star Trek: Discovery's opening credits may have been revealed via Twitter.

After planning out the show's plot and co-writing the first two episodes, showrunner Bryan Fuller has officially jumped ship to focus on American Gods.

Check back here for more news, rumors, and spoilers!

'Star Trek: Discovery' Premiere Date

The first premiere date was supposed to be January 2017, but then Discovery was pushed back to May 2017 — until it was delayed again to avoid clashes with The Walking Dead, as lead actress Sonequa Martin-Green also plays Sasha on the zombie show.

Currently, the official line is that Discovery will air sometime this year (probably), and although CBS have not announced the date, it seems likely the pilot will air sometime in the Fall. Filming commenced in February 2017.

Check back for more details!

'Star Trek: Discovery' Trailers, Previews & Promos

The first teaser was released last year, announcing the show's title.

The next trailer premiered at SDCC in 2016, revealing the NCC-1031 a.k.a. the USS Discovery.

A behind-the-scenes reel was released to announce the start of production in February.

Check back here for more trailers when they're released!

How To Watch 'Star Trek: Discovery' Online

Although the first episode of Discovery will air on CBS, subsequent episodes will stream exclusively on the website CBS All Access, which requires a subscription fee. Lucky international viewers will get the episodes on ! However, we don't yet know whether these episodes will be released on the same day as on CBS All Access in the United States, or the day after. Considering Netflix's similar deals with networks like The CW, it seems likely that international Netflix will get the episodes the day after they're first released on All Access.

'Star Trek: Discovery' Plot & Prime Timeline Setting

Set roughly a decade before Captain Kirk embarked on his five year mission, Star Trek: Discovery follows Lt Commander Rainford — known as Number One — and other Starfleet officers aboard the USS Discovery and the USS Shenzhou.

That's all we officially know about the series, but thanks to hints from the show's creators it seems certain that there will be a strong Klingon plot, possibly focusing on T'Kuvma's mission to unite the Klingon houses.

A connection to The Original Series has also been teased thanks to Number One's nickname, and it's possible that Sonequa Martin-Green's character is the same one Majel Barret played — meaning Discovery's protagonist may have served on the USS Enterprise.

Discovery is officially set in the Prime Timeline, not the rebooted Kelvin Timeline, as Bryan Fuller confirmed at SDCC in 2016.

Check back here for more plot details!

'Star Trek: Discovery' Cast & Characters

The 'Star Trek: Discovery' cast so far. [Credit: AMC, Netflix, Sony, Fox, Showtime]
The 'Star Trek: Discovery' cast so far. [Credit: AMC, Netflix, Sony, Fox, Showtime]

Crew Of The USS Discovery:

— First Officer Michael Burnham: Played by Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), this character is the show's protagonist. The story will follow her discovery of new life and new civilizations, as she is challenged to rethink her worldviews.

— Captain Larco: Played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), this character commands the USS Discovery. IMDB states that he is part of the main cast, appearing in all 13 episodes.

— Lt Stamets: Played by Anthony Rapp (Rent), this character openly identifies as gay and serves as a science officer aboard the USS Discovery. He specializes in astromycology and fungus types. He will also appear in all 13 episodes.

— Lt Saru: Played by Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth), this character will be an entirely new alien species serving aboard the USS Discovery. He will also appear in all 13 episodes.

— Cadet Tilly: Played by Mary Wiseman (Longmire), this character is in her final year of study at Starfleet Academy, spending a year aboard the USS Discovery. She will appear in all 13 episodes.

Crew Of The USS Shenzou:

— Captain Georgiou: Played by Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), this character commands the USS Shenzhou, another Starfleet vessel. IMDB states that she will appear in all 13 episodes.

— Dr. Nambue: Played by Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), this character is the Chief Medical Officer serving aboard the USS Shenzhou. He will also appear in all 13 episodes

— Ensign Conner: Played by Sam Vartholomeos, this character serves aboard the USS Shenzhou. He will also appear in all 13 episodes.

Crew Of The Klingon Ship:

— T'Kuvma: Played by Chris Obi (American Gods), this character is a Klingon seeking to unite the Klingon houses. IMDB states that he will appear in two episodes.

— L'Rell: Played by Mary Chieffo, this character is another Klingon serving with T'Kuvma. She will also appear in two episodes.

— Kol: Played by Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), this character is another Klingon slated to be the mentoree of T'Kuvma. He will also appear in two episodes.

Also Appearing:

— Sarek: Played by James Frain (Tron: Legacy), this character is the father of Spock and has appeared in several Star Trek shows already. IMDB states that he will appear in one episode.

The new Sarek, and how he appeared in 'The Next Generation'. [Credit: Fox/CBS]
The new Sarek, and how he appeared in 'The Next Generation'. [Credit: Fox/CBS]

— Admiral Anderson: Played by Terry Serpico, this character does not serve aboard either the USS Discovery or Shenzhou, so is probably based at Starfleet Command. However, IMDB states that he will appear in all 13 episodes.

Check back here for more characters as they're revealed!

'Star Trek: Discovery' Spinoffs: Where Does The New Show Fit?

Discovery is set a decade before The Original Series, making it the seventh show in our chronology but the second in Star Trek's timeline. Here's a breakdown:

  • Enterprise — 2151-2155.
  • Discovery — circa 2256
  • The Original Series — 2266-2269
  • The Next Generation — 2364-2370
  • Deep Space Nine — 2369-2375
  • Voyager — 2371-2378

Naturally, this brief breakdown is ignoring the movies — especially those set in the Kelvin Timeline.

'Star Trek: Discovery' Merchandise

All official merchandise can be found online at the Star Trek shop. Discovery merch is already available... but with the old logo. It might be wise to wait a few months for the shop to replenish their stock with the new logo!


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