After this morning’s release of the sixth episode of season four, Paramount+ announced Star Trek: Discovery will be taking a hiatus after episode seven.
Next week is a Discovery mid-season finale
In a bit of a surprise announcement, Paramount+ revealed episode seven of Star Trek: Discovery, arriving next week, Thursday, December 30th, will be a mid-season finale. The series will return on February 10, 2022, with episode eight. Paramount+ has not yet confirmed how many episodes there are in season four. Each of the previous seasons has started with a standard 13 episode order, sometimes adding an episode or two as production got underway. Season three had thirteen, season two had fourteen, and season one (which also took a surprise mid-season hiatus) had fifteen.
Paramount+ also revealed details about episode 407, which is titled “…But to Connect.” It was written by Terri Hughes Burton and Carlos Cisco, with Lee Rose directing. Here is the synopsis:
Tensions rise as representatives from across the galaxy gather to confront the threat of the Dark Matter Anomaly. Zora’s new sentience raises difficult questions.
The announcement that episode 407 will serve as a mid-season finale was made on social media. Paramount+ did not provide any additional details.
What about Picard season two?
There is a possibility, perhaps even a probability, that this announcement could have a ripple effect on the second season of Star Trek: Picard. On Star Trek Day, Paramount+ announced Picard was to return in February 2022. This was also shown in a new trailer released on that day. Paramount+ has not provided any update on Picard as of today; however, it would not be surprising if they moved the season two debut to avoid any overlap with Discovery.
Reminder: Prodigy returns January 6
While Discovery is taking a break in January, there still will be new Star Trek on Paramount+. Star Trek: Prodigy went on hiatus on November 18th after the release of the fifth episode and the animated series is set to return on January 6 with the sixth episode, one week after Discovery goes on hiatus. This will be followed by four more Prodigy episodes leading up to episode 10 on February 3rd, which happens to be one week before Discovery returns. Prodigy will return later in 2022 with the second batch of ten episodes to complete the first season.
TrekMovie will provide updates as new scheduling information becomes available.
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