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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 5: Everything you need to know

All the details we currently know about the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery.

Let’s Fly! Fasten your seatbelts star trekkers, because season five of Star Trek: Discovery has officially wrapped filming. At least for the cast because there’s still tons of visual effects and editing work to be done before it airs. If you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to know Star Trek: Discovery season five is expected to premiere in early 2023 on Paramount+. 

It will join the long list of other Star Trek series like Star Trek: Strange New WorldsStar Trek: PicardStar Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Lower Decks on the streaming platform. 

So when will this show be gracing your screens? What’s the plot, and what exciting story should you expect this season? If you’re ready to find out, here is everything you need to know about Star Trek: Discovery season five!

1. Star Trek: Discovery season five release date: When will it air? 

Captain Burnham leading her team

Star Trek Discovery

Although there are no details yet for when season five of Star Trek: Discovery will debut, it is expected to be on our screens next year. But don’t leave yet! Paramount+ announced in January 2022 that Star Trek: Discovery was getting a fifth season, and filming started five months later in June. Most of the previous seasons aired toward the end of the year, with season two debuting in January. So fingers crossed that we will get news of its release date any day. 

You can catch up on seasons one to four, currently streaming on Paramount+, as you wait for the upcoming fifth season. In Australia, Latin America, South Korea, and Italy, the series will be available on Paramount+. If you are in Canada, you can stream it on Crave.

2. The Star Trek: Discovery season five plot

Most of the storylines on Star Trek: Discovery focus on Captain Burnham and the adventures she initiates or stumbles into with her talented crew. After being catapulted 900 years into the future, there is a lot they can do with this series without running out of drama. The episodes are always entertaining, with glimpses into the other crew members’ growing relationships. It’s a perfect set up, which I don’t think they need to or will change.

Book standing alone

Star Trek Discovery

Officially, the crew of the USS Discovery led by captain Burnham will go on another adventure to discover an ancient power that has been hidden from the universe for centuries. But they aren’t the only ones who want to get their hands on this power. Others are also desperate to get their hands on this power and aren’t planning to ask nicely.

If the ending of season four and Book’s arrest had you worried whether he will make an appearance in season five, don’t worry; according to the trailer, Book is still part of the Star Trek: Discovery story. And it will be interesting to see which direction they take with his story after what he did. But as far as his now complicated relationship with Captain Burnham, we will have to wait to see.

While some fans speculate this upcoming season will feature the return of Earth to the federation, we can only guess at this point. The federation was left weakened after ‘The Burn’ , so it will be interesting to see how they plan on rebuilding and becoming a force for good in the galaxy once again.

3. How many episodes should we expect? 

Wilson Cruz and Sonequa Martin-Green on set of Star Trek Discovery season 5

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The number of episodes ordered for Star Trek: Discovery haven’t always been the same. Season one had 15 episodes, season two had 14 episodes, while season three and four only had 13 episodes. Notice how they keep getting shorter? Well, the upcoming season will only have ten episodes. This shouldn’t worry you. Although it means we will see less of our favorite crew, it is in line with the other Star Trek shows airing on Paramount+. But there is no doubt this season will be as good if not better than it’s predecessors. 

4. It’s a wrap from the crew of USS Discovery

Filming of season five started in June and just wrapped filming in late November in Toronto, Canada. The latest news  of production wrapping up came from visual effects supervisor Fausto Tajeda on Twitter. 

Michelle Paradise also tweeted about the end of creating season five. Stating it was their most ambitious season yet, thanking Sonequa MG ( Captain Burnham)  and the rest of the cast and crew. 

Some actors wrapped filming much earlier. Anthony Rapp, who plays Paul on the show, revealed that he was done filming his scenes on November 11 — stating on Mastadon that it was another great experience working with the cast and crew, who are like family.

Despite this, there is still a lot of work left to do before we see the USS Discovery crew on our screens. Other cast members like Wilson Cruz and Patrick Kwok-Choon also took to social media to share the news with their fans.

5. The cast of Star Trek: Discovery season five

The entire cast of Star Trek: Discovery will be returning for season five, which is a relief considering the events of season four. Callum Keith will be joining the cast as a series regular. He’ll be playing the gruff smart Starfleet Captain Rayner. He is a wartime hero focused only on getting the mission done. He’s a leader, and the crew is expected to follow him, but it doesn’t mean he’s not willing to learn if it serves the greater good.

Saru speaking to another crew member in Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek Discovery

Other new cast members joining season five of Star Trek: Discovery include Moll and L’ak played by Eve Harlow and Elias Toufexis. They are dangerous partners who fiercely protect each other. The crew will have a hard time dealing with this dynamic duo as they search for the ancient power. 

The seasons’ cast include: Sonequa Martin-Green (Captain Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker) and Blu del Barrio (Adira). Also returning are guest stars Tara Rosling (Ni’Var President T’Rina), Chelah Horsdal (Federation President Rillak), Oded Fehr (Admiral Vance), and David Cronenberg (Kovich).

6. Star Trek: Discovery trailer, where to watch it?

The first Star Trek: Discovery season five trailer was released during New York Comic Con (NYCC), and it has tons of Easter eggs and clues about what we should expect from this new adventure. While the trailer is primarily snapshots of upcoming episodes, there is a lot we can put together about the plot of season five. The first shot is of Captain Burnham and the elusive Kovich Lay talking on an alien planet. 

Kovich Lay clarifies that the greatest treasure in the universe is out there and what’s at stake for the captain. The trailer features some of the new characters mentioned above, a journey through an alien planet with ruins, chase scenes on some cool bikes, and the crew making their way through an alien ship. If you want to piece together more scenes, watch the trailer above!

If you want to stay busy while you wait for more news, you can watch Star Trek : Strange New Worlds led by Captain Christopher Pike who you might recognize from a couple of episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.

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