Star Trek: Discovery is finally beaming into its third season on 15 October 2020 on CBS All Access after numerous delays in production due to the ongoing pandemic. The announcement was made on 27 July via YouTube.
This season will consist of 13 episodes, one week after Star Trek: Lower Decks’ first season has finished its run on CBS. We’ve rounded up everything else there is to know about this season, including the cast, plot and how to watch it from the UK. We also have similar roundups for
Star Trek: Picard, as well as a guide to watching the entire
Star Trek franchise in the correct order (warning – its an EXTENSIVE list).
Who will be in season 3?
From the first details that have emerged, we can confirm that the following stars will be returning to the show in season 3:
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
Doug Jones as Saru
Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
Wilson Cruz as Dr Hugh Culber
Oyin Oladejo as Lt. Joann Owosekun
Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Georgiou
David Ajala as Cleveland “Book” Booker
Anson Mount as Christopher Pike
Ethan Peck as Spock
Adil Hussain in an unnamed role
As more trailers and footage comes out, we’ll be able to confirm more characters.
What will season 3 be about?
At the end of season 2 in order to defeat the evil A.I. Control, Michael Burnham used the Red Angel suit to time-travel via a wormhole, along with the starship. This now means that season 3 will be set 930 years in the future, in the 32nd century.
In this time, the Starfleet doesn’t exist anymore, but the Federation is still going. It’s the furthest point in the future that any Star Trek show has been set, which means that the show gets to explore something completely new that doesn’t have an existing framework.
The new trailer expands on how Starfleet no longer exists, showing a new character called Book meeting Michael Burnham, and commenting that she “must believe in ghosts” due to the Starfleet badge on her shirt. In addition, the Federation flag is displayed with just six stars, indicating that the galactic alliance may have collapsed.
You can watch the trailer below:
How to watch Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery always airs first on CBS All Access in the US. In the UK, the episodes typically air the day after on
If you want to watch the episodes as they air, CBS All Access is planning to rebrand and relaunch internationally over the coming months, but this isn’t going ahead just yet.
However, it is possible to tune in from other countries with the help of a VPN such as
ExpressVPN. VPNs change your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re from another country – in this case it would be the US.
Hannah Cowton is a Senior Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld, working across entertainment, consumer technology and lifestyle. Her interests and specialities lie in streaming services, film and television reviews and rumours, gaming, wearables and smart home products. She's also the creator of The London Geek, a geek culture and lifestyle blog.