Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date, trailers, cast, episodes, and everything else you need to know

Set your phasers to hype! Star Trek Discovery season 2 is just days away meaning it won't be long until we're back aboard the USS Discovery charting a course to places unknown with Michael Burnham and co. Can't you tell I'm excited? I'm very excited. 

It's been a long time coming, but the Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date is this week (January 17, to be specific), which means we'll finally find out why the USS Enterprise turned up at the end of Star Trek Discovery season 1

If you're looking to make sure you're fully prepared for the Star Trek Discovery season 2 premiere with a recap of what happened in the first season, as well as everything we know about the new season, then you're in the right place. 

Below you'll be able to watch every Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer released so far, familiarise yourself with the newcomers to the Star Trek Discovery season 2 cast, and find out how to watch every Star Trek Discovery season 2 episode when the time comes... we've got it all!

Keep on scrolling and make sure you're ready for the return of one of the best TV shows of 2017 with everything we know about Star Trek Discovery season 2. 

Fast Facts:

  • Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date: January 17, 2019 (US)/ January 18, 2019 (UK)
  • Star Trek Discovery season 2 episodes: 14
  • Star Trek Discovery season 2 cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount, Mary Chieffo, James Frain, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Michelle Yeoh, and more
  • Star Trek Discovery season 2 showrunner: Alex Kurtzman
  • Star Trek Discovery season 2 writer(s): Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Kirsten Beyer, Gene Roddenberry, and more

When is the Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date?

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Good news, the Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date is just days away with the premiere set to warp onto our screens this Thursday, January 17, 2019. US viewers will be able to watch it via CBS All Access, while UK fans will have to wait an extra day for the first episode to hit Netflix UK on January 18. From that point on, the Star Trek Discovery season 2 episodes will air weekly on both platforms. 

The Initial work on Star Trek Discovery season 2 began in December 2016, when the showrunners began hashing out the Star Trek Discovery season 2 plot, but actual production on the season didn't began until April 2017. It's been a long wait for the Star Trek Discovery season 2 release date - the Star Trek Discovery season 1 ending aired on February 11, 2018, almost a full year ago - but we won't have much longer to go before the series returns. 

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Where's the Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer?

With the show very nearly here, there's plenty of Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailers to feast your eyes on and none of them are too spoilerific so you don't have to worry about having anything ruined for you ahead of the premiere. 

The first Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer (above) gives us a tantalising look at the plot. The last season ended with the Discovery face-to-face with the USS Enterprise. This trailer introduces its commander - Captain Christopher Pike, complete with a nice, traditional mustard yellow Starfleet uniform - while also showing enough hints of action to suggest that, while the war may be over, things haven’t quietened down for Michael and the Discovery crew. We also get our first glimpse of Burnham’s adopted brother - one Mr Spock…

The second Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer (above), debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2018. It gives us a slightly more in-depth look at the Star Trek Discovery season 2 episodes, confirming the return of Michael and Spock's Father Sarek (James Frain), Michelle Yeoh’s Mirror Georgiou (now with a Section 31 badge...), and gives us a slightly longer glimpse of Spock who has a beard now – and he's not even evil!

The third and final Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer (above) is short, at just under 30 seconds, but shows off some of the season’s action set pieces - including a disastrous asteroid collision. It also gives us a longer look at Spock, performing the famous Vulcan nerve pinch and even cracking a smile… weird.

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How many Star Trek Discovery season 2 episodes are there?

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Brace for impact… there will actually be less Star Trek Discovery season 2 episodes than the first season. Whereas Star Trek Discovery season 1 had 15 episodes in total, season 2 will only have 14. Ok, ok, so it's only one less, but if, like me, you prefer shorter seasons and think Netflix could learn a thing or two about dropping surplus episodes (*cough* every Netflix-Marvel series ever... *cough*), then the shorter Star Trek Discovery season 2 run will be welcome news.

The first Star Trek Discovery season 2 episode is directed by showrunner Alex Kurtzman and is titled Brother, which quite clearly hints at the appearance of Michael's brother Spock. Could we see the iconic Star Trek character in the very first Star Trek Discovery season 2 episode? Maybe.

In the meantime, lucky US viewers have four mini-episodes, titled Short Treks, to keep them going, but sadly, these haven't come to the UK yet. The first Short Trek, Runaway, came out in October and sees Tilly encounter an unexpected visitor aboard the Discovery in need of help. Calypso, by award-winning writer Michael Chabon, introduces new character Craft and gives us both a glimpse at the far future of the Trek universe and the final fate of the Discovery itself. The Brightest Star is a Saru prequel, which shows how his character joined Starfleet, and The Escape Artist is all about con artist Harry Mudd and was directed by the actor who plays Mudd himself, Rainn Wilson.

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Who's in the Star Trek Discovery season 2 cast?

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While almost everyone who survived the events of the first season will be back (more on that in a moment), the Star Trek Discovery season 2 cast also includes some exciting new additions. Taking control of the Discovery will be the USS Enterprise’s Captain Christopher Pike, as played by Inhumans-actor Anson Mount.

Pike is an important part of Trek lore, being the Captain in the very first episode from 1965 and Kirk’s predecessor in the command chair of the Enterprise. He was played by Jeffrey Hunter and Sean Kenney in the original series, and Bruce Greenwood in the Kelvin-verse movies. 

Don’t expect Pike to instantly fit in, however. While Sonequa Martin-Green (AKA Michael Burnham) has said that Pike will help heal the Disco crew after their betrayal by Lorca, she also reveals via StarTrek.com: "There’s a little bit of distrust there because of what we’ve gone through and because we had someone who manipulated us and sought to kill us for his own gain."

Pike will, at least, have some support in the form of Number One, played by Rebecca Romijn (Mystique in Bryan Singer's original X-Men movie). The character was originally played by Majel Barrett Roddenberry (wife of Trek creator Gene).

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Most exciting, however, is the debut of Ethan Peck as the young Spock. The actor (who is, incidentally, the grandson of the legendary Gregory Peck) said of donning the Vulcan’s ears via Instagram: “It is with great honour and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to."

He's also done his research telling our sister publication SFX magazine: "I’ve been spending so much time with Nimoy Spock. I read [1975 autobiography] I Am Not Spock, and I’m reading [1995 autobiography] I Am Spock now. In I Am Not Spock he covers who Spock was to him, and how he’s become a part of him."

The core surviving Star Trek Discovery cast will all be returning as well. That is: Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham; Doug Jones as Saru; Mary Wiseman as Tilly and Anthony Rapp as Stamets. Emily Coutts and Oyin Oladejo will be returning to the bridge as crewmembers Detmer and Owosekun - hopefully with more to do this time around. And it’s known that Mary Chieffo will be back in the make-up chair as the Klingon L’Rell - now with added hair!

There are also a number of recurring characters who will be back in Star Trek Discovery season 2 in some capacity, though we’re not sure how. Currently dead doc, Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) is definitely returning. "I'm not here just to say hello," he told an audience at SDCC 2018, back in July, suggesting that he won’t just be appearing in flashback. "We knew it was the first chapter in a long love story. This was just a bump in the road… in my neck." So: Mirror counterpart? Clone? Phantasm inside Stamets' big brain? Place your bets now…

Conflicted human/Klingon Ash Tyler/Voq (Shazad Latif) will also be back. While nothing has been officially confirmed, showrunner Kurtzman has all but stated that we will see more of him, stating: "We love Shazad. He's capable of absolutely everything we throw at him, and we have great plans for his character in season 2."

By the end of season 1, Mirror universe Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) was alive and seemingly free in ‘our’ universe. She’s back for season 2, and thanks to a deleted scene from season 1 we know she's been recruited by Section 31 - Starfleet's morally dubious black ops division - something that the NYCC trailer seems to confirm, with her holding a black Section 31 badge. 

Much less certain is the fate of the Prime universe Lorca (Jason Isaacs). Season 1 saw us get to know his evil Mirror counterpart, but the fate of the 'real' Lorca is tantalisingly oblique. Isaacs was a big hit and seemed to enjoy the role, so we'd lay money that his return at some point - perhaps this season, perhaps the next - is more a case of when, than if. Certainly, Kurstman isn’t writing the idea off. When asked at SDCC 2018 if Prime Lorca was coming back, he simply said: “Maybe”.

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