Ruminations on TV Shows, Comics, And Music
Star Trek introduced some of the greatest tropes in TV history. While some of the episodes can be difficult to watch through a modern lense, you can't deny that, despite many well-intentioned missteps, the original series did many long-term wonderful things for cultural diversity in television, as well as bringing us ridiculously fun ideas that other sci-fi shows, books, movies, and comics would pay homage to.
We saw a few in season one, and we get a few minor ones early on here with some time travel shenanigans, and running into a ship in distress that turns out to be filled with criminals. The big one for this season, though? THE MIRRORVERSE.
That's right, after Kirk's crew encounters a weird space anomaly with The Defiant sticking out of it (a ship we will see again...mostly in Deep Space Nine), the crew of not just Kirk's Enterprise but also Archer's Enterprise and Lorca's Discovery all end up in a universe where there are different versions of themselves with different motivations. Many of them have goatees and Are Evil.
We will end this season coming out of the mirrorverse and seeing what is in store for the various crews in the blissfully restored reality we got used to in season one and the front half of season two.
We also introduce a new show this season, The Animated Series. There are no new characters, as it's basically just an extension of The Original Series but in animated form.