Only one season left Star Trek: Discovery said goodbye. The Paramount+ series will end after season 5, which according to its official summary, “finds Captain Burnham (Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose existence has been purposely hidden for centuries.” According to differentParamount + is also streaming the fifth season in 2024 as opposed to this year as previously expected.
Star Trek: Discovery marked the first time the franchise had a Black female lead and prominently featured LGBTQIA+ characters. It also takes on a more serialized format, where each episode has its own installment of the main storyline for a season, unlike other entries in the franchise. That became a point of criticism about the series, however, until the showrunners changed course and adopted storytelling with an overarching plot in the fourth season.
as The Hollywood Reporter notes, the series currently holds the distinction for Paramount+’s longest-running drama to date. Its debut in 2017 led to record sign-up numbers for the streaming service formerly known as CBS All Access, and its success paved the way for other Trek shows, including Lower Deck and Prodigy.
Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of Paramount Streaming, said in a statement: “Star Trek: Discovery is a perennial favorite on the service, near and dear to the hearts of legions of ‘Star Trek’ fans as well as all of us here. at Paramount +. The series and its incredible cast and creators ushered in a new era for Star Trek when it debuted more than six years ago, embracing the future of streaming with serialized storytelling, bringing to life deep and complex characters that honor Gene Roddenberry’s legacy of representing diversity and inclusion, and pushing the envelope with award-winning world-building. This final season will see our beloved crew is embarking on a new adventure and we can’t wait to celebrate the impact the series will have on the franchise heading into its final season early next year.”
For now, Trek fans can watch Star Trek: Picard, which is streaming on Paramount+. The third season will also be its last, but there are rumors circulating that the service is developing spinoffs centered around characters from the show.
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