All Star Trek series end sooner or later.
Paramount Plus has announced that the next season of Star Trek: Discovery will be the last, with the fifth and final season set to air in early 2024. According to Deadline (will open in a new tab)“Paramount+ will celebrate the show’s groundbreaking storytelling over the past four seasons with a year-long celebration and performances at key events in markets around the world” ahead of the final season.
You may remember that on Monday, November 2, 2015, the news leaked. (will open in a new tab) that CBS was going to reboot Star Trek somehow, in one form or another, giving the producers a year or so to release something before the show’s 50th anniversary next September. Great marketing opportunity.
Nicholas Meyer was initially involved with the project before he was fired. Then Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts were fired. (will open in a new tab) before Bryan Fuller left the project, ultimately leaving everything in the hands of Alex Kurtzman. And Kurtzman has faded into the background in recent seasons, leaving showrunner duties to Michelle Paradise.
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The first episode of the first season, titled “Vulcan Hello,” aired on September 24, 2016, and was definitely promising. However, the idea of focusing the show not on the captain of USS Discovery NCC-1031 but on the first officer proved difficult to sustain. Consequently, over time, we ended up where we are now: lost somewhere ludicrously far ahead in time, where transporters have replaced ladders and you can just teleport into a new uniform. Now the same former first officer is the captain of the converted USS Discovery, NCC-1031-A.
Over the past seven and a half years, the situation has been very mixed; there were inspirational episodes, missed opportunities, really bizarre stories, outright plagiarism, and even a hint of Scooby-Doo. Despite some very good standalone episodes, the quality of the show’s storytelling has steadily declined from the start.
This does not mean that the performances were bad; in fact, Discovery has some of the best actors in Star Trek. What let them all down was the decisions made by the showrunner or whoever oversees the script.
Will a strange anomaly threaten the entire galaxy? Will billions of lives be at risk? Will Starfleet and the crew of USS Discovery have to band together and dig deeper, facing their own mortality and risking their own lives for the greater good…again? Because this old chestnut tree has lost some weight.
Despite a strong start, it soon became clear that Star Wars had a problem with Skywalker, and Star Trek had a similar problem with the Enterprise. He was unable to let go. Mikael Burnham had to be involved with Spock for some ridiculous reason, and we really needed to show the USS Enterprise. Now that this has spawned Weird New Worlds – which is the best of the modern Treks so far – it would be nice to have a show that is still set less than three centuries later, with brand new characters and minimal references to any other long-running shows. “Star Trek”. Kurtzman’s decision to put on a show (will open in a new tab) Eleven hundred years into the future at the end of Season 2, “freeing him from the constraints of existing canon” was an attempt to recover from that, but the damage had already been done.
It’s a bit like the current season 3 of Picard. So far, Picard is proving to be something of a pleasant surprise, but so many people have been so fed up with the appallingly bad writing of both the first and second seasons that they don’t want to go back to it.
However, the return of Star Trek to the small screen has undoubtedly had a positive impact on television science fiction. The fact that CBS All Access, later Paramount Plus, invested so heavily in it no doubt influenced Amazon’s decision to keep The Space in August 2018. In addition, in November 2017, Disney announced that it was going to put on a live action.” Star Wars on our modest television screens, and exactly two years later, The Mandalorian appeared.
And let’s not forget The Orville, which also hit our screens in September 2017. Discovery paved the way for a TV sci-fi renaissance, and for that we’re eternally grateful, but… we won’t be even remotely sad to say goodbye to black warnings, that damned spore engine, smart stuff, excessive flame explosions, blown-off nacelles, self-satisfied Georgiou giggles, Burnham’s lower lip and those crazy, cavernous spaces of turbolifts.
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The official plot summary for the fifth and final season reads: “Burnham and the crew of Discovery uncover a mystery that sends them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient force whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. others are on the hunt too; dangerous enemies who are desperate to claim their prey and will stop at nothing to get it.”
Principal photography has wrapped, but additional filming is still underway in Toronto, according to Deadline.
Star Trek: Discovery and every episode of every Star Trek show currently airs exclusively on Paramount Plus in the US.
Internationally, the shows are available on Paramount Plus in Australia, Latin America, the UK and South Korea, and on Pluto TV in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland on the sci-fi channel Pluto TV. They also air exclusively on Paramount Plus in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In Canada, they air on Bell Media’s sci-fi channel CTV and air on Crave.
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