When is the release date for Star Trek: Discovery season 4?
There’s no official release date for season four of Star Trek: Discovery, but we do know that it should appear before the end of 2021.
Co-showrunner Michelle Paradise tweeted a screenshot on 15 May 2021 that showed the words ‘End of Season Four’, signalling that the scripts have all been completed, while Paramount's tweet promoting the trailer (below) confirms a launch "later this year".
Watch the Discovery season 4 trailer:
A first trailer for the season was unveiled at 2021’s Star Trek First Contact Day, back on 5 April:
What is the plot of Star Trek: Discovery season 4?
At the end of season 3, Michael Burnham had taken her place in the Captain’s chair on the bridge of Discovery, so season 4 will no doubt see her new status tested in the far-future where they find themselves.
In a panel hosted by Variety, co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman discussed how Burnham earned her command in the last scene of season three and what that means for the upcoming episodes.
"In some sense, it’s an ending, but it’s very much a new beginning because season four for Michelle and I has been largely defined by this question. Every time we broke story, the question is: 'How is this affecting Burnham as a captain?' And I don’t mean affecting, I mean challenging her. Just because she has the chair doesn’t mean that she’s necessarily ready for certain things. And there are choices that she now has to make as a captain that she wouldn’t have to make as just an officer on the ship.
"So every story was calibrated to what new door does this open to her experience of being a captain and what new challenge does she have to face the ship to face and what new thing does she have to learn about herself and to discovery."
From the first trailer above, we can see that a gravitational anomaly, measuring five light-years across, is threatening catastrophic damage to life in the galaxy. It will take Burnham and crew, plus the alliances they can forge with the Vulcans and other species, to fight this phenomenon and save the universe once more.
Obviously, the idea of coming together to fight an invisible force that can devastate lives feels quite apt for the Covid-ravaged times in which we find ourselves. So, maybe season four will bring a little cheer and help us all see that working to put aside our differences and helping each other is the best way to avoid being wiped out by enormous gravitational anomalies.
Who are the cast and crew for Star Trek: Discovery season 4?
The crew from season three all looks set to return, with the following already confirmed:
- 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
- Blu Del Barrio – Adira
- Ian Alexander – Gray
- Emily Coutts – Keyla Detmer
- Oyin Oladejo – Joann Owosekun
- Tig Notaro – Jett Reno
The director for season 4 is Olatunde Osunsanmi, who has also overseen episodes for Star Trek: Short Treks, Bates Motel, Gotham, Legends of Tomorrow, Falling Skies and Timeless.
Writing duties are spread among several authors, with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Sean Cochran, Anthony Maranville, Brandon Shultz, Chris Silvestri, and Michelle Paradise all returning.
Where can I watch Star Trek: Discovery season 4?
This varies depending on your region. In the USA it will be exclusive to the Paramount+ streaming service (formally CBS All Access), while Canadian viewers will find it on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streamed on Crave.
In the UK and in most of the rest of the world you’ll be able to continue watching Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix, though failing that there are ways to watch Paramount Plus from outside the US if necessary.