After six episodes in Star Trek: Discovery will continue to see voyages in the CBS All-Access universe. On Monday, CBS announced that the series would continue for a second season. CBS claims that it has delivered record sign-ups for the series, but no actual numbers were produced. Not to mention, how they would keep Star Trek fans onboard to what could be a 2019 release date for season two.
“In just six episodes, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive said in the release. “This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the ‘Star Trek’ legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.”
It is not clear as to what the second season will focus on. However, originally showrunner Bryan Fuller conceptualized the series as an anthology show, much like American Horror Story, in which each season would be set in a different era of the franchise. Since Fuller left the project, there is no indication if that is still an option.
It has been made clear that season one will be self-contained but certain themes or aspect will continue into later seasons. The current season is broken into two parts. Part one will continue until the middle of November, while part two will pick back up in January.
However, the biggest trick CBS will have to retain subscribers to the service once Star Trek: Discovery ends its first season and there is a year gap. As much as they would like to avoid it, they will see a major dropoff in subscribers and a resurgence when it returns.