Paramount+’s popular Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, has been renewed for its fifth season. Fans can look forward to the return of Captain Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery. Star Trek: Discovery is one of the five new Star Trek series available for streaming on Paramount+, alongside Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the animated shows Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy.
In Star Trek: Discovery season 4, the series took a new direction by reducing the emphasis on action and focusing on the Dark Matter Anomaly. This season-long threat led Captain Burnham and the USS Discovery into a brand-new galaxy. Their mission was to establish First Contact with Species 10-C, the alien creators of the DMA, in order to save Earth from imminent disaster. It was a season of exploration and facing unprecedented challenges in unexplored territories.
In the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery, new characters were introduced, including Federation President Laira Rillak and mad scientist Dr. Ruon Tarka. The season also focused on various romantic relationships, such as Burnham and Book, Saru and President T’Rina, and the challenges faced by Dr. Hugh Culber in his role as Ship’s Counselor. Set in the 32nd century, significantly ahead of the timeline of Star Trek: Picard season 2, Star Trek: Discovery has the opportunity to redefine the Star Trek universe and establish new canon. With Burnham and her crew successfully saving the galaxy once again, fans are eager for updates on the status of Star Trek: Discovery season 5.
Star Trek: Discovery season 5 was officially confirmed in January 2022, and production began in June of the same year. Filming for the upcoming season has since concluded, suggesting that a release date for Star Trek: Discovery season 5 will be announced soon. The cast for season 5 has been announced, with most of the actors from season 4 returning for the new installment. A trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 5 was unveiled at the New York Comic Con in 2022 and premiered to the public in November of that year.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Is Confirmed
On January 18, 2022, Paramount+ officially renewed Star Trek: Discovery for its fifth season. With this renewal, Discovery becomes the longest-running new Star Trek series since Star Trek: Voyager, which concluded its 7-season run in 2001. This achievement surpasses Star Trek: Enterprise, which was canceled after its fourth season. Season 5 of Star Trek: Discovery will consist of 10 episodes, making it the shortest season of the series so far. However, this aligns with the episode count of other Star Trek shows on Paramount+, except for Star Trek: Prodigy, which has 20 episodes as it targets a younger audience.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Trailer
The Star Trek: Discovery season 5 trailer kicks off with Burnham receiving a mission to embark on a thrilling treasure hunt. The trailer offers a glimpse of the exciting adventures and intense fight scenes that await Burnham and her crew. The team of the USS Discovery finds themselves on a galaxy-spanning manhunt, with the treasure possibly involving a challenging puzzle or encountering puzzles along the way. The trailer highlights the crew’s exploration of new worlds as they embark on this exciting journey in Star Trek: Discovery season 5.
What Is Star Trek: Discovery About?
Star Trek: Discovery was originally set about ten years before Star Trek: The Original Series. However, a time travel incident at the end of the second season caused the crew to be propelled approximately 900 years into the future, changing the setting of the show.
The Discovery ship in Star Trek: Discovery uses a unique and experimental propulsion system called the mycelial spore drive. Unlike other ships that rely on dilithium for faster-than-light travel, the spore drive harnesses the power of mycelium, a type of fungi. In the 32nd Century setting of the show, dilithium is scarce, making it difficult for most ships to achieve high speeds. The mycelial spore drive becomes invaluable to the Discovery crew as they navigate through the future.
Who Is in the Cast?
Sonequa Martin-Green takes on the lead role of Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery. Throughout the series, Burnham has faced numerous challenges, but by the end of the fourth season, she shines as the Captain of the Discovery, working towards the reconstruction of Starfleet and the Federation. Martin-Green’s portrayal of the complex character has garnered high praise, and she has been honored with two Saturn awards for her performance. Prior to her role in Star Trek: Discovery, Martin-Green appeared in The Walking Dead as Sasha Williams. She has also had recurring roles in The Good Wife, New Girl, and Once Upon A Time. Additionally, Martin-Green played the wife of LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Doug Jones portrays the character Saru in Star Trek: Discovery. Saru is the former captain of Discovery, and Jones’s performance in this role has earned him Saturn Awards in 2019 and 2021. Known for his remarkable contortionist skills, Jones has taken on various notable roles in his career. Some of his notable performances include Abe in Hellboy and Hellboy II, the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, and the character known as the “Amphibian Man” in The Shape of Water.
Anthony Rapp, known for his role as Mark in the Broadway musical Rent, portrays the character of Paul Stamets in Star Trek: Discovery. Stamets is a brilliant scientist responsible for inventing the mycelial spore drive. Interestingly, the character is named after a real-life mycologist. Stamets is notable for being the first openly gay character to regularly appear in the Star Trek franchise.
Wilson Cruz takes on the role of Dr. Hugh Culber, the husband of Paul Stamets. Prior to his role in the show, Cruz portrayed Ricky Vasquez in the 90s teen classic My So-Called Life. He is currently lending his voice to the character Romeo in the children’s series The Casagrande. Additionally, Cruz appeared as Dennis Vasquez in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Mary Wiseman portrays the character Sylvia Tilly in Star Trek: Discovery. Tilly is a young and initially naive cadet who has gradually risen through the ranks. While Tilly is Wiseman’s most well-known role, she has also appeared as Trinity in the dramedy Baskets, alongside Zach Galifianakis. Wiseman has also had a role in the series Longmire.
Blu del Barrio takes on the role of Adira Tal in Star Trek: Discovery. Adira Tal is a significant character as both del Barrio and the character identify as nonbinary, marking a milestone in the Star Trek franchise. Aside from their role in Star Trek, del Barrio also portrays Raine in The Owl House and recently appeared in Steve Buscemi’s The Listener.
David Ajala returns as the character Cleveland “Book” Booker for the fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery. Book is an empath and will continue to be part of the ongoing storyline. Prior to his role in Star Trek, Ajala portrayed Manchester Black in Supergirl and appeared in the series Nightflyers.
Keep an eye out for David Cronenberg in Star Trek: Discovery as well. The renowned director of films such as The Fly, Videodrome, and eXistenZ takes on the role of Kovich, a Starfleet operative with enigmatic intentions.
Some new actors joining Discovery for the fifth season include Callum Keith Rennie of Battlestar Galactica fame, Eve Harlow of The 100, and Shadowhunters’ Elias Toufexis.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Release Date
As of July 2023, the specific release date for Star Trek: Discovery season 5 has not been announced. The production for the latest installment of the Star Trek series concluded in November 2022, coinciding with the release of the Star Trek: Discovery season 5 trailer. It is expected that the release date for the Paramount+ series will be disclosed in the near future.