Production on the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery began nine months ago, and slowly but surely it is coming to a close.
Season 4 production update
Unlike Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which wrapped up primary production on its first season a little over a week ago, season four of Discovery is wrapping in stages, with the various actors finishing up their work at different times. The latest of these is David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker) who sent out a tweet on Monday evening as he packed up his trailer in Toronto saying, “That’s a wrap for Cleveland Booker. And breath…”
— David Ajala (@iamDavidAjala) August 2, 2021
Very early Saturday morning, Patrick Kwok-Choon (bridge officer Gen Rhys) notified his Twitter followers “And that’s a wrap!” along with some sleeping emojis.
— Patrick Kwok-Choon (@KWOK_ROCK) July 31, 2021
Other actors have also completed work on season four. Anthony Rapp (Stamets) told TrekMovie he had wrapped in mid-July, adding, “There’s still some shooting in one location and Stamets was not a part of that location. So I’m not a part of that shoot.” It does appear that Doug Jones was required at that other location as he said he was still at work, adding the production was “closing in on the end of it.” Jones noted at the time that producing the show under COVID protocols has been adding to the production time; they had to take at least one hiatus due to those protocols.
Jones is one of the actors who canceled an appearance at next week’s 55 Year Mission Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. Other season four Discovery actors who have canceled in the last week due to professional obligations: series star Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham), Ronnie Rowe (Bryce), and Raven Dauda (Dr. Pollard).
Rapp, Ajala, and Kwok-Choon are all confirmed to appear at the convention, along with other season four Discovery actors Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Blu del Barrio (Adira), David Benjamin Tomlinson (Linus), Oded Fehr (Vance), and Tara Rosling (T’Rina). The convention will also include a number of actors who appeared in previous seasons.
If things stay on track, production on season four should wrap up some time in August, perhaps very soon.
UPDATE: Ajala wrap gift
It’s customary for cast and crew to get special wrap gifts, but sometimes cast members also give out gifts, and this year David Ajala sent one out that was very special. Season 3’s Ryn (and husband to Mary Wiseman) Noah Averbach-Katz shared a picture of this custom mug featuring Book and Grudge in a tub.
— Noah AK (@N_A_K) August 3, 2021
While things wind down for the actors in Toronto, post-production work on the season continues. Over the weekend, executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise reported she saw a cut of the second episode with the sound mix, revealing they were working out of order. She praised the work of executive producer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi, writers Anne Cofell Saunders and Glenise Mullins, and the production and post-production teams.
Had our first mix of S4 yesterday – so cool! (402 – we're mixing out of order) @CenterWillHold killed it, as always. As did our actors (as always!). Awesome script by @acofell & @glenisemullins, great work by our prod & post teams. Can't wait for you to see it! #StarTrekDiscovery
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) July 31, 2021
This may be the first mention of Mullins being part of the Discovery writing team. Her experience has mostly been in editing for television and feature films, but she’s also a writer on the new Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series. Anne Cofell Saunders joined the show as a co-executive producer on season 3, and she followed up Paradise on Twitter with her praise for every department “working miracles creating an amazing season 4 during COVID19.”
Stoked to see the final 402! Every crewmember, actor, AD, editor, DP, assistant, artist — EVERY DEPARTMENT on #StarTrekDiscovery has been working miracles creating an amazing Season 4 during #COVID19 — heroes all! Thank you @michelleparadis @CenterWillHold @glenisemullins https://t.co/qW2h52DTi9
— Anne Cofell Saunders (@acofell) August 1, 2021
Editor Chad Rubel also jumped in to praise the Emmy-nominated sound team.
This is what I had such a good time doing yesterday. Our sound team is amazing. They absolutely deserved to be nominated for an Emmy for last season’s work. 🖖#editor #StarTrekDiscovery https://t.co/G5vozlxlU2
— Chad Rubel (@ChadRubel) July 31, 2021
When will it be on Paramount+?
It’s been announced that season four of Star Trek: Discovery will arrive on Paramount+ in late 2021, but no specific date has been given. The animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks is set to debut its second season on August 12th, and the first season of the kids’ animated series Star Trek: Prodigy is coming this fall. If Paramount+ continues to release new episodes on Thursdays and wants to avoid any overlap between the three Trek series, then season four would kick off on Thursday, December 30th, just under the wire before the new year.
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