Key art for Star Trek: Discovery season 5, featuring the cast of the final season.
(Paramount+)

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Is About To Embark on Its Final Voyage

Star Trek: Discovery season 5 has been confirmed by Paramount to be the show’s final outing. While the show has, to put it mildly, been divisive, there’s no denying that it reinvigorated the Star Trek franchise as a whole. Arguably, without Discovery‘s success, we wouldn’t be enjoying shows like Star Trek: Picard, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, Prodigy, and upcoming projects like Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. For that, we’ll always be grateful.

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I for one, will miss Discovery‘s characters, even if I didn’t always agree with their stories. So, if you’re like me, and you’re wondering when Star Trek: Discovery might come to an end, who is involved, and what you can expect from the show’s final season, you’ve come to the right place.

When will Star Trek: Discovery season 5 release?

Paramount+ has now officially announced that Star Trek: Discovery season 5 will premiere on April 4, 2024.

It has also been revealed that Star Trek: Discovery season 5 will have a total of 10 episodes. The first two episodes will premiere on April 4, with individual episodes dropping weekly after that on Thursdays. While this is less than previous seasons of Discovery, it is more in line with what Paramount’s other recent Star Trek shows have been granted, such as Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Will the cast return in Star Trek: Discovery season 5?

Paramount+ has confirmed several returning cast members, including Sonequa Martin-Green as Captain Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Saru, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, Blu del Barrio as Adira, David Ajala as Cleveland Booker, and Callum Keith Rennie as Rayner. Though Mary Wiseman’s Lt. Sylvia Tilly decided to leave Discovery for Starfleet Academy, she will return for the show, too, and recurring guest stars Elias Toufexis (L’ak) and Eve Harlow (Moll) will also make an appearance this season.

What will Star Trek: Discovery season 5 be about?

The official synopsis for Star Trek: Discovery season 5 is as follows:

The fifth and final season will find Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS 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.

The first Discovery season 5 trailer, which was released at NYCC in 2022, promises an exciting, action-packed season. We’ll likely see Tilly in her role at Starfleet Academy, learn more about Cleveland Booker’s past, and explore new, never-before-seen Star Trek civilizations. Because these last few seasons of Star Trek: Discovery take place so far into the future—the 32nd century, to be precise—the show can be free to write its own canon without worrying about what came before. You can watch the trailer here.

A brand new clip from Discovery season 5 was revealed at last year’s CCPX. The clip shows that Booker and Michael are forced to contend with a massive (and hostile) alien creature. Michael seems to be trying to decipher some kind of symbol or map, which would play well into the “treasure” hunting theme the final season will be embracing. This being Discovery, the clip features plenty of action, cool new aliens, a bit of humor, and some sort of cloaking technology, a trope that has been used since the very first Star Trek series but which seems to be a bit more biologically enhanced this time around. You can watch the new clip here:

Prepare yourselves to fly one last time.

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