What is the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date? Star Trek Discovery is currently the flagship TV series for the Star Trek franchise, and it marked Star Trek’s return to TV screens when it began back in 2017. The series has had its fair share of ups and downs, but like most Star Trek shows, has vastly improved beyond its second season.
As it stands, the sci-fi series has a catalogue of four seasons and will soon be returning with a fifth. Star Trek Discovery season 4 was a bold step for the series and certainly ranks as one of the show’s best seasons. The season had a strong overarching premise, as it followed the show’s characters dealing with the consequences of being catapulted 900 years into the future.
So the series has been seriously stepping up its game. But what’s next for the crew of the USS Discovery, and when is the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date? To help you out, we’ve put together a nifty guide of everything you need to know about the series from all the information that’s available so far. Engage!
Star Trek Discovery Season 5 Release Date speculation
As of November 2022, we don’t know the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date. There was no announcement on Star Trek Day, and there hasn’t been one since either. But don’t leave just yet! By piecing together bits of information, it’s possible to put together a pretty good estimate.
Back in January 2022, it was confirmed that Paramount had ordered a 5th season of the Star Trek series. Then, only five months later, fans were greeted with the announcement that production on the season had officially begun. So what can we learn from this about the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date?
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Star Trek Discovery season 4 began filming back in November of 2020, and was released almost exactly a year later in November of 2021. The production did suffer from Covid-19 related disruptions however, so isn’t necessarily the strongest barometer for how long the gap is between filming starting and eventual release. Looking further back, Star Trek Discovery season 3 had around a 15-month gap between the start of filming and its release.
Putting the two together, we’re going to suggest that the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date will be around the July 2023 mark. It could a little bit sooner if we’re lucky, but don’t get your hopes up too much. Expect that to be confirmed (or not) pretty soon.
Star Trek Discovery Season 5 plot
The trailer for Star Trek Discovery season 5 (more on that later) hints that Burnham and her crew will be embarking on a galaxy spanning treasure hunt. Nevertheless, there will be plenty of time for other adventures so here are some avenues that we think the Star Trek Discovery season 5 might want to explore alongside that.
One question the series will want to answer is what’s next for Book? The last time we saw him, the character was punished for (temporarily) joining forces with the villainous Tarka by helping people who had been damaged by the DMA. That doesn’t have to be the end of Book’s story, though, and it’s possible that the series could explore his new direction.
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Another plotline that Star Trek Discovery season 5 will be almost certain to take a look at is the rebuilding of the Federation. The Federation lost a lot of its power and influence after the cataclysmic event ‘The Burn’, and has struggled to regain its footing. With Earth set to rejoin, audiences could get to see how the Federation re-establishes itself as a force for good in the galaxy and beyond.
Beyond this, a broad, vague overview of the plot was outlined on Star Trek Day which fits into the treasure hunt theme. The description says “Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncover a mystery that sends 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.”
Finally, Star Trek Discovery season 5 will no doubt continue to develop the personal relationships of the crew. This has been one of the show’s central components, and there are plenty of unlikely friendships (such as the relationship between Tilly and Saru) which have acted as Star Trek Discovery’s beating heart. In season 5, audiences will surely see Michael Burnham develop her skills as a captain, with the support of the returned Saru, and her other senior staff.
Star Trek Discovery Season 5 cast
Thankfully for fans of the crew, the entire main Star Trek Discovery cast of Star Trek characters survived the climax of season 4. This isn’t unusual for a Star Trek series, which are typically pretty hesitant to kill off main members of the crew (with the exception of Tasha Yar and Jadzia Dax. We miss you).
This means that audiences can expect to see the return of Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman, Tig Notaro, David Ajala, Wilson Cruz, Blu del Bario, and their respective Star Trek characters.
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Who’s likely to be in the Star Trek Discovery season 5 cast?
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Captain Michael Burnham
- Doug Jones as Saru
- Anthony Rapp as Dr. Stamets
- Mary Wiseman as Tilly
- Tig Notaro as Jett Reno
- David Ajala as Book
- Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal
- Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber
- Callum Keith Rennie as Captain Rayner
Of course, expect a few new faces, as well as the return of some recurring characters like Oded Fehr as Admiral Vance, or David Cronenberg as Dr. Kovich. A notable new addition is Callum Keith Rennie who will star as a new Star Trek captain, Captain Rayner. And, in addition to the cast, it’s been confirmed that long-term Star Trek collaborator Jonathan Frakes will be directing one or more episodes of the season.
Star Trek Discovery season 5 trailer
The first trailer for Star Trek Discovery season 5 was unveiled at New York Comic Con. It gave audiences a glimpse of that treasure hunt we mentioned earlier, but other than that it’s light on plot details. Mostly, the trailer consists of gorgeous action shots, and some personal moments, and is backed by a musical piece rather than dialogue to keep things mysterious. Check the trailer out for yourself, below:
How to watch Star Trek Discovery season 5
Star Trek Discovery season 5 will to premiere exclusively on Paramount Plus, the new streaming service which is the home to (almost) every piece of Star Trek content.
So, now you’re caught up with all the news and speculation related to the Star Trek Discovery season 5 release date, it’s time to get up to scratch with what’s going on with Star Trek: Picard season 3 with the help of our handy guide, or if you prefer something more episodic, Strange New Worlds season 2. Alternatively, dig deeper into Star Trek lore (no, not Data’s brother) with our explainer on the USS Titan or our picks for the best Star Trek starships.