Star Trek Discovery Season 2: All The Easter Eggs So Far
By Dan Auty on
While Star Trek found a new lease of life on the big screen in 2009, it had been more than a decade since the last TV show in the long-running sci-fi franchise when Star Trek: Discovery premiered in September 2017. The show's producers faced the difficult task of making a show that appealed to modern audiences and new fans, as well as satisfying die-hard, long-term Trek devotees.
However, while the first season of Discovery took the story and characters in some surprising directions, it was also very aware of its past. Every episode contained multiple references and callbacks to something from the grand 54-year history of Star Trek, which you can check out in our Season 1 Easter Eggs gallery. Sometimes these were sly jokes that only the most dedicated fan would spot, and sometimes they were crucial plot-points.
Season 2 has now started, and it's clear that the Easter Eggs, callbacks, in-jokes and references will continue; after all, the season starts with an encounter with the Enterprise and the introduction of Captain Pike, a character who featured in the first episode of the original series. We also know that Spock is set to play a major part in this story. So let's take a look at all the Discovery Season 2 Easter Eggs so far...
1. Three-Dimensional Chess (Episode 1)
A three-dimensional chess set can be seen in young Spock's room. This is a popular pastime in Star Trek; Kirk and Spock liked to relax with the game in the original series, while a group of genetically-enhanced children can be seen playing it in the Next Generation episode "Unnatural Selection."
2. Priority One (Episode 1)
The Discovery is summoned to the Enterprise via a Priority One distress call. As the name suggests, this call is the highest level of communication within Starfleet. It was first used in the original series episode "One of Our Planets Is Missing" and has been used throughout the franchise.
3. VISOR (Episode 1)
A member of the Discovery crew can be seen this device, worn most famously by Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in The Next Generation. The acronym stands for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement, and it detects electromagnetic signals, allowing those with impaired sight to interact with the world around them.
4. Officer Linus (Episode 1)
We met a new member of the Discovery crew--an officer named Linus. Linus is a Saurian, a species which also appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
5. Transfer of Command code (Episode 1)
Saru quickly shuts down Pike's request for the ship's command codes. This is the use of an authorization code to transfer command of a starship from one captain to another, as seen in the Next Generation two-parter "Chain of Command."
6. Siranna (Episode 1)
Saru mentions that he has an estranged relationship with his sister Siranna. This character appears in a Short Treks episode, which was released on CBS All Access in December, where it is revealed that part of Saru's Star Fleet recruitment requirement was never returning home.
7. Pike's Resume (Episode 1)
Pike brings up a screen filled with his history and achievements, which is loaded with Easter eggs for eagle-eyed viewers. These include a reference to Robert April, the first Enterprise captain who was previously mentioned in the '60s Star trek animated series as well as Season 1 episode of Discovery. We also learned that Pike has served on other starships, including USS Antares, which was previously mentioned in the original series. In addition, Pike has won various prestigious Starfleet awards, such as the Rigel Cup (mentioned in Next Generation episode "The First Duty") and Okuda Award (The Next Generation's "Eye of the Beholder")
8. Mojave (Episode 1)
Pike makes reference to his hometown of Mojave, which he also mentioned in The Cage, the original series' pilot episode in which he was the main character.
9. Redshirt (Episode 1)
Amusingly, Pike tells annoying science officer Connolly to get his "red shirt into an AV suit." As Trek fans know, a redshirt is the term used for any newly-introduced crew member who will shortly die on a dangerous mission. A few minutes later, Connolly is smashed into a space by a flying asteroid.
10. Bolian (Episode 1)
Jett Reno, the science officer rescued from the crashed UUS Hiawatha, explains how she attached one of her injured crew members to a "dead Bolian" to keep his heart working. Bolians are bald, blue-skinned humanoid aliens that appeared in Deep Space 9, Voyager, and The Next Generation.
11. Tellarite (Episode 1)
Another of Reno's injured crew members is a Tellarite called Greg. Rather gruesomely, "Greg's head wound keeps opening up." Tellarites are a snout-nosed race that have appeared in every Star Trek series to date, as well as the movies The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country.
12. The Cage (Episode 1)
Towards the end of Episode 1, Pike is seen reading one of the fortune cookie messages left behind behind by his predecessor Lorca. It reads: "Not every cage is a prison, not every loss eternal," another possible reference to that pilot episode.
13. Vulcan Bells (Episode 1)
The episode ends with a scene in Spock's room on the Enterprise, where we can see Vulcan Bells. These previously appeared in the original series episode "Amok Time."
14. World War 3 (Episode 2)
The arrival of humans on New Eden coincided with World War 3 on Earth, which according to Star Trek history, ran from 2026 the year 2053. The devastating conflict caused the loss of 600 million lives and was first mentioned in the original series episodes "Bread and Circuses" and "The Savage Curtain." It was later referenced in the Enterprise episodes "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" and "Demons."
15. General Order 1 (Episode 2)
Also known as the Prime Directive, this is the Federation’s most famous and important rule--the non-interference in the development of other cultures and civilizations. In this episode, Pike, Burnham, and Owosekun must refrain from telling the inhabitants of New Eden that Earth survived the war. However, Pike ultimately breaks the Order in order to secure the ancient camera that might hold clues about the Red Angel.
16. Musk Junior High (Episode 2)
When Tilly is looking back through her school records, we see that she attended Musk Junior High in 2247. The legacy of controversial SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk will clearly stretch far into the future. (This is actually Musk’s second reference in Discovery too, following a mention by Lorca in Season 1.)
17. D7 Battlecruiser (Episode 3)
The legendary warship can be seen as a prototype hologram during the scenes with the Klingon council. L'Rell explains that it is being built as a symbol of Klingon unity and will bear no individual house insignia. The D7 was the first Klingon ship design seen on Star Trek, in the original series episode "Elaan of Troyius," and subsequently appearing across the whole franchise.
18. Klingon Hair (Episode 3)
One of the more controversial aspects of Discovery Season 1 was the decision to make the Klingons hairless, as previous Star Trek series and movies had usually featured Klingon warriors with impressive flowing manes. But in Season 2, the hair is coming back, with Burnham telling Tyler "I heard post-war the Klingons are growing their hair again," suggesting that the bald look is part of the Klingon war tradition.
19. Boreth (Episode 3)
Tyler decides to send L'Rell and Voq's son to the planet Boreth, where he will be safely brought up in isolation by Klingon monks in a monastery established by the Followers of Kahless. The monastery later appeared in the Next Generation episode "Rightful Heir," when Worf visits in an attempt to rediscover his Klingon heritage, and in Deep Space 9's "The Way of the Warrior."
20. Section 31 (Episode 3)
This autonomous, covert organization exists to protect threats to the Federation, and in this episode, we learn it has recruited Terran emperor Philippa Georgiou to its ranks. Section 31 was created by Deep Space Nine Showrunner Ira Steven Behr and resulted from his desire to look into the darker aspects of the utopia created by Gene Roddenberry. The organization is also referenced in four episodes of Enterprise and the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness.
21. Number One (Episode 4)
X-Men star Rebecca Romijn appears as Number One, a character who previously appeared the original Star Trek pilot. Back then, Pike's second-in-command on the Enterprise was played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, but the character was dropped from the show after a poor response from NBC executives.
22. Scotty! (Episode 4)
Pike tells Number One that he doesn't believe the Enterprise will ever have a "chief engineer more in love with his ship" than Louvier, the current holder of that post. This is, of course, a knowing nod to Mr Scott, who in Star trek chronology will take over the job a decade later and become the ship's most famous and devoted chief engineer.
23. "I never liked the holograms, they look too much like ghosts." (Episode 4)
On the whole, Discovery isn't too worried about making sure the show's technology matches that featured in the original series, which is set a decade later--there are obviously 50 years between the production of the two shows and visually effects have moved on massively. However, this episode does explain why we never see any holograms on the Enterprise in the original series when they are used throughout the Discovery for communications. Pike tells Number One to order Enterprise chief engineer Louvier to "rip out" the holo-tech when it starts malfunctioning and revert to "good old-fashioned view screens."
24. Blob Hands (Episode 4)
The May-blob places its gloopy hand on the glass next to Tilly's. This is presumably a callback to the iconic shot of Spock and Kirk at the end of Wrath of Khan.
25. EPS Grid (Episode 4)
Pike tells Burnham that the mysterious sphere has made the EPS Grid unstable. This is part of a starship's electro-plasma distribution network, which powers the ship and can be shut down in an emergency. It has been mentioned in several episodes of The Next Generation and Voyager.
26. Starbase 7 (Episode 4)
Saru tells Burnham about his experiences on Starbase 7, when he was processed a refugee and how it inspired him to join Starfleet. While this starbase has not been featured on a show or movie before, it does appear in several Star Trek novels, comic books, and role-playing game modules.
27. Impedrizine (Episode 4)
Stamets injects himself and Reno with Impedrizine so that they can "come down" from the hallucinogens released by the spore blob. This drug was previously mentioned in the Voyager episode "Imperfection."