Next year, Trekkies around the world will take in the fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery, the show that kicked off this latest wave of Star Trek shows. In some ways, Discovery stayed true to what the series has always been about: it explored far-off sci-fi worlds, introduced us to a cast of lovable crew members and tried to sell us on a future that was optimistic, if imperfect. In other ways, it shook things up. For one, Discovery takes place on the Discovery, not the Enterprise. And while most shows revolve around a starship captain, Discovery centers on Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), who only becomes a captain after multiple seasons.
The show was also more serialized than most Star Trek series. For the fifth and final season, showrunner Michelle Paradise is changing things up a bit. “This season will be a lot of action, a lot of adventure, a lot of fun,” she said at last weekend’s CCXP convention, according to TrekMovie.com. “We will also – as we always do in Star Trek: Discovery – explore meaningful themes as well, the family onboard Discovery, the community, all those sorts of things. We did a bit of a tonal shift this season while still maintaining what Discovery is. And it’s a lot of fun.”
"Season 5 is going to be a wonderful mix. The DNA of Discovery always has those serialized stories over the course of a season. This season the nature of that serialized story allows us to have more episodic adventures. So I think people are really gonna dig it. There are some very cool adventures and some really fun episodes."
So Discovery will pivot a bit in its final season. But Paradise is sure that whatever changes they’re making will pay off. “Every season we try to go bigger and better than ever before,” she said.
“This season is our best.”
Star Trek: Discovery found out season 5 was the last after they had finished shooting
That said, if the show ends a bit abruptly, it may be because the team shot the whole of the fifth season before they knew it would be their last. “We did not know going into Season 5 that it would be our final season,” Paradise said. “We found out after we were done shooting the season. So thankfully, Paramount+ and CBS Studios gave us the ability to go back and shoot some additional scenes. So really, at that point, it was about wrapping it up in the best way and having it feel wonderful for all of the people who love Star Trek.”
So even though the team didn’t have advance warning, at least they were able to adjust things after the fact. “Michelle and the team put together an addendum shoot that Paramount+ and CBS Studios allowed us to do,” Martin-Green said. “And so we went back and wrapped it up. When you see it, it is beautifully culminating… I really believe it was satisfying. It really ties up really well.”
"It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It’s bittersweet. It’s sad. It’s shocking. It’s celebratory. We feel a lot of joy and peace… because we can look back on it now in hindsight and see it very clearly. And as grateful as we were going through it, now we can look back and be like, “Look what we did.” I personally feel that God showed up and showed out, for me with being able to have this experience with all of us. We’ll always have it. It’s unforgettable."
Paradise also weighed in on the end of the show: “It’s going to be bittersweet,” she said. “Thank you all for loving the show as much as we do. Thank you for supporting us over all these years. Star Trek fans are the best fans, thank you. And we really didn’t feel like… it’s bittersweet as it is ‘til the end. I feel like you will be–it will feel like a satisfying conclusion. And it’s a heck of a season. It was a lot of fun to do. Every season that we do we want to do it bigger and better and bolder than the season before and I think you’re in for quite a treat with this new season. It’s really a lot of fun. It’s awesome.”
Star Trek: Discovery season 5 is due out in April of 2024 on Paramount+.
Watch a deleted scene from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
As long as we’re talking about Star Trek, Paramount+ released released a deleted scene from the second season of Strange New Worlds. Watch Spock get his first taste of chewing gum:
“Nuts and gum don’t go together.” Tell that to Homer Simpson:
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will also be back with a new season in 2024.
Martina Sirtis is glad Deanna Troi married Riker and not Worf: “I would have killed myself”
You know what Trek show won’t return next year? Star Trek: The Next Generation, because that series ended in 1994. And yet we’re still talking about it. According to ScreenRant, the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross has some great tidbits about The Next Generation, star Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) expressed her relief that her character ended up married to William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) rather than Worf (Michael Dorn), with whom Deanna Troi had a romance in the seventh and final season of the show.
“I’m glad [Star Trek: Nemesis] began with the wedding of Troi and Riker, thanking God that it wasn’t Troi and Worf. I would have killed myself,” Sirtis said. “I never liked that relationship. We pretend that it never happened. Michael Dorn was subtexting his ass off, but a lot of it ended up on the cutting room floor.”
And that’s all the Star Trek news we have as of this moment. But with the number of Trek shows on the air, if you wait a few minutes there’ll probably be more: