Watch: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 5 First Look Trailer Shows Galaxy’s Greatest Treasure Hunt

The Star Trek Universe event on the main stage at New York Comic Con 2022 kicked off with a Star Trek: Discovery panel and the surprise release of the first teaser trailer for season 5, which is still in production.

Disco Season 5 first look trailer

The Discovery panel at New York Comic Con featured series cast members Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz and executive producers Michelle Paradise, Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry. Also joining the panel was series star Sonequa Martin-Green, who beamed in virtually from the captain’s char of the season five set in Toronto. She introduced the first look trailer which reveals some new characters including Captain Rayner, played Callum Keith Rennie (The Umbrella Academy, Jessica Jones), along with Moll and L’ak, played by Eve Harlow (The 100, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Elias Toufexis (Shadowhunters, Blood of Zeus).

Check out the trailer…  [international version at]

New characters for season 5

Callum Keith Rennie joins the cast in a series regular role as Captain Rayner. Here is his official character description:

Rayner is a gruff, smart Starfleet Captain who holds a clear line between commander and crew – he leads, they follow. Rayner’s all about the mission, whatever it may be, and he doesn’t do niceties along the way; his feeling is, you get the job done and apologize later. He has a storied track record of wartime success, but in times of peace he struggles. Collaboration is not his strong suit. That said, if it serves the greater good he’s willing to learn … but it won’t be easy.

Callum Keith Rennie as Raynor  

Also joining are Moll and L’ak, played by Eve Harlow and Elias Toufexis. Here are their official descriptions:

Moll is a former courier turned outlaw, who is highly intelligent and dangerous, with an impressive strategic mind and a sharp wit. She goes into every situation with a clear plan and stays focused and clear-headed on her goal, even when things go awry. She’s not intimidated by Captain Burnham or the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, and will face down anyone who stands in her way in order to get what she wants.

L’ak is a former courier turned outlaw, who is tough, impulsive and fiercely protective of his beloved partner, Moll. So long as he knows she’s safe, he doesn’t care about collateral damage or its consequences – a perspective that makes him very dangerous at times and will put him on the opposite side of Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery when they come into conflict.

Elias Toufexis as L’ak and Eve Harlow as Malinne”Moll” Ravel  

Season 3 details

Season five cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Captain Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker) and Blu del Barrio (Adira).

Here is the latest official synopsis for season 3:

In season five, Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncover a mystery that sends them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well … dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it.

No release date yet

The 10-episode fifth season should be wrapping up production by the end of this year but there are no details yet on when it will debut.

Discovery seasons one through four are currently streaming exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. Internationally, the series is available on Paramount+ in Australia, Italy, Latin America, the U.K. and South Korea, as well as on Pluto TV in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland on the Pluto TV Sci-Fi channel. It will also stream exclusively on Paramount+ in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria later this year. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

More Star Trek from NYCC

The panel is just getting started, so stay tuned for news and reveals for Prodigy and Picard coming up from New York Comic Con. We will also have more coverage from the event so keep coming back to for all the latest from NYCC 2022.

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S5 looks amazing then again the past 4 seasons have looked and been amazing. I have seen all the current shows and Discovery is still my most favorite of them all. It has a fantastic cast, excellent writers and Directors and the best production design of the shows. I can’t wait to see S5.


Season 4 wasn’t my favourite but it was still extremely watchable. I hope we get another Burn-esque mystery that provides a backdrop for our characters rather than a mission to embark on.

S4 turned me off to Discovery… There are so many things I dislike, then I see posts like yours (and M1701) and I do find it fascinating how people can see things so differently. One thing is for sure, I will definitely watch S5. There are things I like… I’ll concentrate on that. IDIC!

IDIC indeed! I wasn’t a fan of the back half of S4 save for that spectacular two part finale and I did roll my eyes when they fell back on the “Earth is imperilled!” trope. But I constantly marvel at the fact that they made the season at the height of a global pandemic which will have had a massive impact on every aspect of the production. Plus David Ajala was absolutlely phenomenal throughout the season

Yes, we have to give them that. They did manage to produce S4 despite the pandemic. And Ajala was in fact one of my favorite characters. I’m so very much on the fence about Burnham. I really liked her in S1 then it went downhill. I find her just too intense. But that’s my personal opinion and is worth what it’s worth…

I’ve always chalked her intensity up to a trauma response. But I do feel that it’s been dialled back in the last couple of seasons and I know SMG has spoken about how she’s enjoyed playing the role with less pain in the character.

I am so excited for the next chapter of Disco! It’s my favorite nu-trek. I was blown away by S4, except the hiatus, and looking forward to its blu-ray release. The trailer looks like the crew will meet new aliens, new worlds, and my biggest hope, new ships.

Let’s Fly!

IDK, I’m very cynical on Discovery these days but the trailer looks interesting. If the mystery they are looking for has nothing to do with the galaxy ending then that’s a huge plus. But it looks like they will be exploring more this season and I always want to see and hear more about the 32nd century, so fingers crossed.

Looks good, but can we at least get a reference to what’s going on with the Klingons this season?

So far since visiting the post-Burn galaxy we’ve seen Cardassians, Ferengi, Romulans, and even a Gorn reference but no Klingons aside from a starchart…

A race for “treasure” could mean an upbeat tone, which is welcome. I hope the Macguffin has some mythology behind it, not just a “this could change every-thing” logline. My complete guess is they’ll discover a transportation technology that takes them all over the universe. That could be a really fun adventure.

Isn’t the spore drive already kind of a transportation technology that can take them anywhere?

Season 4 established that it can only work within the Milky Way galaxy- and not the entire universe. When they were approaching the Galactic Barrier, it’s stated that the mycelial network thins out at the edge

I believe the spore drive is limited to the galaxy- they couldn’t use it to go beyond the galactic barrier last season.

Like this could be a really fun adventure. OMG I know rite.

I’m sorry, after seasons 3 and 4 my expectations are so low, for all the whizz-bang they are showing us on the teaser I am not particularly interested.
I would much rather have season 2 SNW brought forward. It has so much more promise than this.

Apology accepted.

I agree. The first season was mishandled (Klingons et. al.) and then a new showrunner was brought in to patch things up with mixed results. I hung in for a few more seasons but after the burn was revealed to be a crying child, I moved on. There are better shows on TV.

Does Captain Rayner have pointy ears in that still photo? The description doesn’t mentioned anything about him being Vulcan or Romulan. And given that Nivar had broken off all contact with the Federation it seems unlikely there would be one as a Starfleet captain.

No reason why there wouldn’t still be Vulcans and Romulans who were born off-world or chose not to be on Ni’Var.

I guess not all Vulcans/Romulans need to be aligned with Ni’Var. Or maybe it’s just the photo that makes his ears look suspicious.

He has cauliflower pointy ears, kind of like a cross between a Ni’Varin and Dr. Sevrin.
The actor looks like Ray Walston from My Favorite Martian.

No no, you mean Ray Walston from the grounds of Starfleet Academy. You’re amongst friends here.


Could be an Ocampa? Ears look kinda similar if you factor in the 10% – 50% change in designs they’ve been throwing in to everything on Disco to avoid legal issues.

Looks a bit like a Vorta too.

Discovery is still the worst Star Trek show to date, other than Picard. But I’ll watch it because it’s part of Star Trek.


Can’t wait for Disco

I can.

I am going to watch it because I love Star Trek. That said, there is nothing I have seen in this preview that makes it look like this will be anything different from the prior seasons. I don’t know what it is. I appreciate what it’s trying to do. But it just doesn’t seem to get traction.

Definitely looks more of the same, but since I liked what they’ve done in S3 and 4, I’m fine with that. Plus it seems to have a certain Indiana Jones vibe this season which I totally appreciate. Right in time for Indie 5 :-)

Ya, I’m clearly in the minority here, but this show has gone off the rails. Season 3 was rough, but had decent bones. Season 4 was just…. godawful. However, the show was set in a place that had potential and I’d hoped it would right itself. If this trailer is any indication, it’s looking like the opposite is about to happen. Bummer. That said, if all of you are enjoying it, I’m happy for you.

I don’t think you are in the minority. I enjoyed S1 and partially S2 beside its flaws alot.

I don’t think you’re really in the minority either. I DO think more people like the show than don’t, but the people who don’t reeeeaaaaally don’t. I would say the show is more ‘divisive’ and not ‘hated’ overall.

And before people jump down my throat, I think the same thing could be said of most Trek shows, especially the early years of TNG and a lot of DS9, VOY and ENT (even if some were for different reasons). It’s different for all these shows today and they are all pretty much liked now if not outright loved, but they all had over 20 years to get people on their side and new fans onboard with fresh eyes and less baggage to appreciate them. The new stuff isn’t all that different.

I don’t think you’re in the minority either.

I think if there was a poll run to see what current productions people are most excited to see Disco would probably at the bottom of the results.

I wish we could run polls here to test out my theory!

Thanks, much appreciated!

You’re not alone. Disco is the worst of Trek. The quality and story telling differences between it and SNW are light years apart. Disco is “let’s all emote together and hug it out!” while SNW is “let’s tell a story with a real plot to resolve.”

Why does DSC always have a big galaxy threat or mystery that only Burnham can deal with?

Because that is the design of the show. Just like LDS will always be teen-level comedy with canon Easter Egg references galore.

Every Trek series has a different approach.

Looks like Indiana Jones in Space. I’m fine with seeing a reveal or solution at the end, unless 2/3 of the season between the first and last 1-2 episodes isn’t filled with slooooow pacing which doesn’t contribute anything to the story or moves the story only forward for 5 minutes.
ENT S3 and DS9 got it right.
And please use the potential of the spore drive. The show restricted that potential with the galactic barrier, but there are still 3 quadrants waiting to be revisited and explored.
And please no more “the whole galaxy” is in danger. This is becoming boring like Roland Emmerich’s movies.

Sorry dude, but ENT S3 was some of the lamest Trek ever produced.

I fell in love with Enterprise in season 3. Can’t say the same about Discovery. The NX-01 in that season didn’t stop the Xindi weapon with a kid crying and manages to destroy the weapon billions of miles away. Talk about lame man.

So it’s like the three previous seasons all over again. For all its flaws, I still think season one had the best story. At least it felt like there’s an entire Starfleet, an entire Alpha Quadrant of races doing stuff (as it always has been), and Discovery is just one ship facing its own challenges, but now it’s like they’re the only force in the galaxy that can solve the big mystery and everyone else is just chillin’ (or being unhelpful and Michael Burnham must prove them wrong).

The ship has sailed for me on Disco. With LD, Prod and SNW I am truly satisfied with current Trek productions that tick the right boxes for me.

But I will watch it anyways, because I love Star Trek.

Not hate-watch, like others do, but try to find something to enjoy which for me has been the incredible production values of season 2 – 4. Where the writing, acting and character arcs suffer, the production design, special effects, costumes, lighting, camera work etc. absolutely soar. This show is visually stunning.

I given up on Discovery as well but will also watch season 5 and hope to be surprised. The thing is every season Discovery has some well done episodes, but they drop the ball every season by the end for me and it’s very very frustrating as a fan.

Whooah! Shadowhunters… The 100?! Talk about some heavy hitters. Star Trek is back, baby. If you’re searching for treasure you’ll find it right here. Let’s go fly a kite.

Captain Rayner, played Callum Keith Rennie (The Umbrella Academy, Jessica Jones)

For Trekkies of a certain vintage, he also had a memorable breakthrough role in the BSG reboot, of course.

Trailer looks like more of the same. I’d wager people who like Star Trek Discovery will likely continue to enjoy and and those who do not will find the same chronic problems with it.

Not hard to guess who will be the character with dubious motives if not the outright “bad guy”.

Oh no, another galaxy destroying, life-ending-as-we-know-it weapon! What shall we do for those 10 episodes of trying to stretch a one-episode story out across the season? I know, we’ll whisper and take pretty, poseable action shots of the crew walking confidently down the corridors!