Star Trek fans have a lot to look forward to after the panel at SDCC revealed exclusive news on three separate Star Trek franchises.
First up was the news that series three of Discovery was going to continue to honour the spirit of Star Trek. The third season will contain some new things that fans won’t be familiar with but Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer, assured fans that “It’s still Star Trek and it will always be Star Trek the way Gene Roddenberry wanted it.”
Joining the cast for series three is David Ajala, previously of Supergirl fame, who will be playing a rulerbreaker called Book. It was revealed that at the start of the third season, the characters find themselves somewhere other than the planet of Terralysium, but there were few other details.
New to the Star Trek universe is a new animation series called Lower Decks, penned by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. The show is being billed as a kind of affectionate parody of Star Trek, with in-jokes that fans will enjoy. As usual there is a main bridge crew, and they think that they’re the main characters of the show – only they’re not. The show’s real heroes are four Starfleet ensigns, who are not always very capable. It has the feel of The Simpsons or Futurama, only set in the Star Trek universe.
As if that wasn’t enough, the cast of the highly anticipated show Picard was introduced to fans, including the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as the title character. Other cast members on the panel included Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora, and they were later joined by some surprise guests, as it was revealed that Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco will also be appearing in Picard.
Fans were told not to expect a straight sequel, because Picard will be a different show to its predecessors, focusing much more on the characters. As a result, it will be more “grounded”, “lyrical” and “dramatic”.
Check out the trailer below: