Never has a series that started out as a prequel turned into the future and become the flagship series of the franchise. Paramount + (formerly CBS ALL ACCESS) Star Trek Discovery isn’t just going where no man has been before, in season 4 they are continuing to go where no series has either.
While the Starfleet Michael Burnham, Saru, Tilly and the rest of the team encountered was a mere shadow of its former self, they eventually discovered the cause of the ‘Burn’ that had all-but-eliminated warp travel for over a century. In the process they kickstarted the rebirth of the Federation as a galactic power, reopening diplomatic channels with planets like Earth and Ni’Var (formerly Vulcan).
With the arc of the show’s third year neatly wrapped up – and principal antagonists the Emerald Chain decimated – Star Trek: Discovery season 4 has the opportunity to truly go where no one has gone before.
“I can’t really talk about season 4 specifically, but thematically season 3 was all about connection and disconnection and finding our way back to one another,” returning showrunner Michelle Paradise told TVLine. “And the ‘Burn’ made that impossible in many cases, because civilization simply didn’t have the means to reach one another. So that felt like an important journey to start at the end of our season: how do we press forward in the process of reconnecting worlds with one another? That felt like the important first step. Now that they have a cache of dilithium – and certainly they’ll have to be responsible to not repeat the mistakes of the past and just overuse it – it felt like the right place to both end the season and tee up whatever is to come.”
This is the brief description released with the first footage from season 4 (above)
Season four of Star Trek: Discovery finds Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all.
Discovery has been seamless when it comes to blending classic Trek aliens with new an innovative adversaries. I for one can’t wait to see what Discovery has in store for its 4th season.