The show’s final run will not air until 2024.
Heralding the Star Trek universe’s return to television, Star Trek: Discovery landed on our screens in 2017. Now, it’s been announced that the show’s forthcoming fifth season will be its last.
Initially positioned as a prequel to the adventures of Kirk, Spock and co, the show began with a Klingon/Federation war. It’s fair to say the series has evolved remarkably since then; through mirror universe antics and appearances from Sarek and Spock, to the far-flung future of the Federation. It also spawned the terrific spin-off series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
During its time, Discovery also shifted networks; beginning on Netflix, the show jumped to the nascent Paramount+ in 2022, outraging international fans (including those in the UK) who were forced to wait for it, or catch it on rather obscure linear channel.
With Michael Burnam (Sonequa Martin-Green) finally taking the captain’s chair, Season 4 tackled an existential threat to the Federation. It concluded by finally welcoming Earth back into the intergalactic fold.
Discovery Season 5
As we look forward to Season 5, we’re told that “Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well … dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it.”
Paramount+ dropped a first-look promo at this year’s New York Comic Con:
The upcoming season is not due on Paramount+ until 2024. It stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala, Blu del Barrio and Callum Keith Rennie.
The announcement landed via social media, with series star (and producer) Sonequa Martin-Green saying:
“I’m astoundingly blessed by God to have played Captain Michael Burnham and to have taken part in a legacy alongside an extraordinary cast, phenomenal crew and remarkable writing team. To our most supportive partners at CBS Studios and Paramount+, who insisted on making television history, I’m deeply grateful. I’m also deeply grateful for the creative collaboration with our showrunners Michelle Paradise and Alex Kurtzman, as well as Olatunde Osunsanmi and the incomparable team of executive producers.”
“I will never forget how it felt to stand together as a show family, cradling the heirloom of Trek with all those from the franchise at large and with the fans. The fans welcomed us into their hearts as we launched a new iteration of Trek and an entire entertainment platform, and we’ll never forget it. 65 episodes later, here’s to the entire company of Star Trek: Discovery, to the show and its fifth and final season, to its beloved fans and to all those who envision a better future. Let’s fly… ”
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) March 2, 2023
For further information on the show’s announcement, check out the official Star Trek site.