WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
When Star Trek: Discovery did a massive time jump at the end of season two, I was concerned. Time jumps can go one of two ways, but this was the right move for the show.
With seasons one and two they had to be very careful in terms of continuity with regard to all the other Star Trek series that had come before (although in timeline-wise, after) Discovery. With this 900-year time jump, they are able to run free in terms of plot without it affecting other shows.
The season starts with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) being separated from her Discovery crew, and she falls in with a courier, Cleveland Booker (David Ajala) - a welcome addition to the cast. Michael spends a year with him before she is reunited with her crew, but the time with him has changed her, and while I always liked Michael Burnham, I absolutely love season-3-Michael-Burnham. Her character development over these three seasons has been wonderful to watch.
Between seasons I often forget just how funny the characters on this show are until Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) opens her mouth and a beautifully crafted insult tumbles from it. Philippa is having a complicated season being the only person who's jumped both time and dimensions, and the fall out from that is an interesting plotline.
Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Reno (Tig Notaro) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) have the best banter on this show, and despite their scenes being the most space tech jargon-heavy, they are the best ones to watch.
Meanwhile, Discovery's crew has found themselves in a future where the Federation doesn't operate in the same capacity that it did in their time, and they have to adjust to a new way of doing things. I really like the fact that Star Trek: Discovery has not ignored the mental health aspect of this time. The crew is struggling with the fact that they have left friends and family behind, all of them long dead and only memories. They dedicate a good portion in one of the early episodes to addressing this with Detmer (Emily Coutts) having a small meltdown at a dinner that Saru (Doug Jones) has for the main part of the crew. I like how they are expanding her character; she's the pilot and feels a heavy responsibility for their safety.
Another new and welcome addition to the cast and crew of Discovery is Adira (Blu del Barrio). Adira is a 16-year-old genius who joins the crew as she is the first human host of a symbiote that has only ever bonded with a species called the Trill. This is a new development to the Star Trek lore and this why I like the time jump. Because now Star Trek: Discovery can expand the universe and not just play in the sandbox.
Adira also develops a relationship with the otherwise prickly and distant Stamets. Stamets has always been one of my favourite characters on this show, and he develops an almost fatherly relationship with Adira that is sweet to watch. There is a lovely moment where Adira tells Stamets that her pronouns are they/them and she is so nervous about it because he is the first person she tells. His reaction is perfect and the relief she feels in palpable.
I'm really excited for this season, and it continues to boldly go where no man has gone before.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: