Star Trek continues to expand its universe, giving its 2020 Comic-Con@Home panel much to explore. Here are the spoiler-free highlights:
1. Star Trek: Discovery returns Oct. 15
The cast of Discovery tuned in to perform a live read of the first act of Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 — the season 2 finale of the time-traveling, multiverse-exploring series. They then weighed in on where their characters left off at the end of season 2 and where they will begin in season 3, which will begin to air in October 2020.
2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds hints at the unknown
"We're gonna get to work on a classic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future," promised Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount, who will reprise his role as Captain Christopher Pike.
The Discovery spin-off leaves behind Pike, Ethan Peck's Spock, and Rebecca Romijn's Number One to share a new chapter in the Enterprise's story.
With Pike having seen his future, Mount said that, "When you see how it's all going to end, and it's not so pretty, what do you do with that?" He continued, "How do you move forward? I think he's probably going to wrestle with how he can best utilize the rest of his life for the good of the world, the universe."
3. Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres Aug. 6
Lower Decks is a new half-hour animated comedy series from Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty). It will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the USS Cerritos. Taking place in 2380, the show's timeline rests "in the TNG era" between Star Trek: Nemesis and before Star Trek: Picard.
4. Star Trek: Picard
Speaking of which, the cast of Picard reunited digitally to talk about Jean-Luc Picard's crew aboard the La Sirena. Reflecting on the show's (critically acclaimed) first season, Sir Patrick Stewart shared the challenges of bringing the iconic character back to life. "It was at first very challenging, because thanks to our brilliant team of writers we are living in a very different world, a very complex world, a profoundly troubled world, which might just be appropriate for the time we're living in."
As for what will come next for Picard and his companions, series creators are remaining tight-lipped.