Today at Comic-Con International, Star Trek fans were provided a sneak peek at the highly anticipated season two premiere episode of Star Trek Discovery during the series' Hall H panel with cast and executive producers. The second season is slated to return to CBS All Access in early 2019.

Star Trek Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who directed the season two premiere, also announced at today's panel the plan for Star Trek Short Treks. The four Short Treks episodes will roll out monthly beginning this fall, and will be stand-alone stories, each running approximately 10-15 minutes. Each short will be an opportunity for deeper storytelling and exploration of key characters and themes which fit into STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the expanding "Star Trek" universe.

Rainn Wilson will return to play Harry Mudd in a short he will also direct, and Aldis Hodge will star in another as Craft, a man who finds himself the only human on board a deserted ship. Additional episodes include a deep dive into Saru's (Doug Jones) backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, and Tilly's (Mary Wiseman) journey aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner. Said Kurtzman.

"There is no shortage of compelling stories to tell in the Star Trek universe that inspire, entertain, and either challenge our preconceived ideas or affirm long held beliefs, and we are excited to broaden the universe already with Short Treks," Each episode will deliver closed-ended stories while revealing clues about what's to come on in future Star Trek Discovery episodes. They'll also introduce audiences to new characters who may inhabit the larger world of 'Star Trek.'"

The Star Trek Discovery panel, moderated by season two guest star Tig Notaro (Chief Engineer Reno), featured a conversation with cast members, including Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L'Rell) and Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike). They were joined by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

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The event at San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon revealed that Season 2 picks up where the last season left off, which was when the Discovery came nose-to-nose with the iconic USS Enterprise. The show takes place a full decade before Star Trek: The Original Series, which means that the Enterprise is still under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. Anticipation for Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery is high, especially after some pretty interesting hints that were left.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 reveals that Rebecca Romijn is playing the original Number One and also confirms that young Spock will make an appearance in the upcoming season. Series co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirmed that young Spock will appear in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery during today's panel at Hall H. It had been previously revealed that Spock was going to appear during flashbacks, but it was not confirmed that it was going to be the young version of Spock.

The inclusion of young Spock in Star Trek: Discovery has been questioned since the conclusion of Season 1 when the Discovery received a distress call from the USS Enterprise. In this place in the Star Trek timeline, young Spock is the science officer who serves under Captain Christopher Pike on the iconic ship. There is still no word on who will play the character in Season 2 of the show, but he has been teased quite a bit in the time in between seasons as well as the new trailer. Spock casting news should be made available soon. For now, it will just have to be good enough that we know that the character is confirmed for Season 2.

Marvel's Inhumans star Anson Mount is playing the role of Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Discovery. In a recent interview, Mount talked about how cool it is to be a part of a Star Trek project, noting that it's been "crazy." In addition, the actor says that getting the role was not like landing another acting gig and called it a "rite of passage." It's a role that not many have gotten to play. Jeffrey Hunter played the character in the first pilot for Star Trek: The Original Series.

Star Trek: Discovery fired original showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg and replaced them with Akiva Goldsman, which has led to questions about how Season 2 will unfold. However, the new trailer certainly looks like the show has not missed a beat. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes and will see the search for Spock unfold. The show returns to CBS All Access in January and you can check out the brand-new San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Star Trek: Discovery below, provided by the Star Trek YouTube channel.

Kevin Burwick