Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 3 Confirmed: What happens after the cliffhanger?

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 is already a done deal. But when and how will the journey for Captain Pike and co. continue?

Even before the start of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 2, Paramount+ gave the green light for a third season. Captain Pike (Anson Mount) and his crew can therefore look forward to further adventures on and off the Enterprise. A total of ten new episodes await us. But when can we expect them to start? And how could things continue after the shocking cliffhanger that left the audience dismayed?

When will Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 start on Paramount+?

As The Hollywood Reporter reported, alongside “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (available to stream on Prime Video), “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” has also been given the official go-ahead for another season. However, this goes hand in hand with the decision that “Star Trek: Picard” will be discontinued after the current third season and “Star Trek: Discovery” after the upcoming fifth season.

However, it is not yet known when exactly the ten new episodes of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 3 will be available to stream on Paramount+. So far, those responsible have been able to maintain an annual rhythm, which had given hope for a start date in summer 2024. According to Collider, however, production will not start until December 2023 and is set to continue until June 2024. Accordingly, a season 3 premiere towards the end of 2024 or even early 2025 seems more likely.

According to Screen Rant, filming on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 3 was actually supposed to start on May 2, 2023, but the Hollywood strike, in which the writers’ union and later the actors’ union fought for fair wages and better working conditions, started on that day. The resulting delay means that new episodes will probably have to wait longer.

“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” cliffhanger explained: This is what happens in season 3

Since “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” usually picks up (and ends) a new adventure in each episode, the cliffhanger in the finale of the second season came as more than a surprise to many fans. As a reminder, the Gorn had set their sights on the USS Cayuga under the leadership of Captain Batel (Melanie Scrofano). As she and Pike have an intimate relationship and Sister Chapel (Jess Bush) was also in danger on the Cayuga at the time, the Enterprise crew didn’t hesitate to rush to the rescue.

However, the rescue maneuver went anything but smoothly. Pike and Co. were forced to cross the border set by the Gorn – which the latter took as a declaration of war. Furthermore, not all crew members could be rescued: Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun), La’an (Christina Chong), Sam Kirk (Dan Jeannotte) and Ortegas (Melissa Navia) were left behind as hostages of the Gorn. To make matters worse, Captain Batel was spat upon and infected by the humanoid reptilian species. To date, there is no cure for this method of reproduction, which is fatal for the host.

The first chapter of season 3 must therefore resolve the cliffhanger from the finale of the second season: Pike must make a decision that will determine the future of the Enterprise and possibly the entire galaxy. Does he leave La’an, M’Benga and co. to the Gorn or does he once again disobey orders to save them? Not only could he endanger the lives of his entire crew, but this endeavor could also end in a devastating conflict between the Federation and the Gorn… It also remains to be seen whether there could still be hope for Batel.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 3 Cast: Who’s in it?

It remains to be seen who will join lead actor Anson Mount in bringing the crew of the infamous starship USS Enterprise to life in season 3. But as long as no cast departures are announced, we suspect we’ll see most of the familiar faces again, including Rebecca Romijn as Number 1, Ethan Peck as Spock, Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh, Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura, Melissa Navia as Erica Ortegas, Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel and Babs Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga.

In addition, The Digital Fix speculates that Carol Kane as Commander Pelia, Dan Jeannotte as Sam Kirk, Martin Quinn as Scotty and Melanie Scrofano as Captain Batel will make a comeback. Paul Wesley is also likely to be back in guest appearances as James T. Kirk.

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