The last time we saw Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery they were barreling through the Red Angel's wormhole and jumping 950 years in the blink of an eye. Well, we went the long way around but we finally caught up with Michael on the planet Hima in the year 3188 for Star Trek: Discovery season three.
The third season premiere is a unique entry in the Star Trek canon, following Michael Burnham and new character Cleveland "Book" Booker alone as they explore one part of this new frontier, with the USS Discovery nowhere in sight.
This episode basically clears the table for future storytelling by introducing us to the future-of-the-future, the 32nd century. It's a new era, but familiar elements are still here and there are plenty of nods towards Star Trek's five decade history, as well as some hints to what this extra-futuristic setting has in store for us and our Starfleet heroes.
Grab your extra large space kitty and let's explore the 32nd century and analyze all the easter eggs and hidden references in Star Trek: Discovery's third season opener, "That Hope is You".