Even though production was (and still is) underway on the fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery, Paramount+ released a first-look teaser at New York Comic Con earlier this month. While short and without much dialogue, it quickly gets across the message that this new season is part of a pivot to more adventure for the show. The trailer is mostly quick cuts, but by putting our analysis caps on and taking what we can see in the context of what has been previously revealed and said about season 5, we can put some of the pieces together.
Kovich the quest giver
Officially, season 5 of Discovery is about a quest that will send Captain Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery “on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries.” The teaser kicks off with an establishing shot of the mysterious Kovich (David Cronenberg) with Michael Burnham on an alien planet.
We hear Kovich lay out what is at stake for Burnham as we cut to another scene between the two and he says, “The greatest treasure in the known galaxy is out there… what are you waiting for?”
Cut to Burnham replying with her catchphrase, “Let’s fly.”
These early quick shots also show Kovich on the bridge of the USS Discovery, so he may be joining the crew for some of this quest.
Forest tomb raiding
There are a number of shots of an alien forest featuring ruins and an ancient statue.
Captains Burnam and Saru can be seen approaching this ruin.
During this away mission, Saru takes a tumble roll.
And Michael takes a leap onto the statute.
New characters on a new world
Wilson Cruz has hyped how this season will take the show “to places we’ve never seen before,” and that shows in the trailer. A key location that keeps coming up is an alien marketplace, possibly on a primitive planet.
Captain Burnham can be seen going through the market, wearing local garb.
Also spotted in the market is the new character Captain Rayner, also in local garb. This Vulcan (or Romulan) Starfleet captain played by Callum Keith Rennie has been described as “gruff.”
Also in the market are new characters Moll (Eve Harlow) and L’ak (Elias Toufexis), former couriers who come into conflict with the crew. They have been described as a Bonnie and Clyde-like duo and are likely after the same treasure.
The pair gets into a barfight.
Adding to the sense of adventure, there are a few shots of an alien speeder bike.
These cool bikes get used for a phaser-firing chase scene featuring both Captains Burnham and Rayner, so it’s likely on the same alien planet. Rayner seems to be having a good time, so maybe he isn’t a Vulcan and comes from the Romulan part of Ni’Var.
Another location peppered throughout the trailer is a landing party in tactical gear working their way through some alien corridors. The party includes Burnham, Owosekun, and Rhys.
The group runs into Moll and L’ok.
They may also be the same two who are wearing red glowing helmets, or that might be guards.
And at some point during this sequence, a door gets blown up.
Solve the puzzle
Throughout the trailer, there are shots of someone trying to solve what looks like an old puzzle box. The designs on the box are similar to the above “heist” sequence, so this may be what both groups were after.
Book is back… but on his own?
At the end of season 4, Cleveland Booker’s ship was destroyed and he was taken into custody for his crimes against the Federation and sentenced to help DMA refugees, but he can be seen on board the USS Discovery in the trailer. According to Sonequa Martin-Green, things are “complicated” between Book and Burnham, possibly explaining why he appears to be alone and not in the captain’s quarters.
Tilly’s back too
Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) left the USS Discovery early in season 4 to teach at Starfleet Academy, but she appears to be back for season 5, and again assigned to the USS Discovery.
The prez is keeping watch
Season 4 introduced Chelah Horsdal’s Federation President Rillak, who is also back. Rillak appears to be addressing Burnham at a council table along with three Starfleet admirals, including Vance (Oded Fehr).
Season 5 may be about a big quest adventure but this is still Star Trek: Discovery, so expect plenty of emotional moments with our familiar characters. There were some glimpses of this in the trailer, like this group toast.
A moment with Dr. Culber, Stamets, and their adopted child Adira.
Michael and Saru also do some bonding.
Speaking of Saru and bonding, the Kelpien keeps things hot with President T’Rina.
Riding the ship
The trailer wraps up with Michael Burnham in a spacesuit riding the USS Discovery
The captain exclaims, “Never a dull moment!” as we see her atop the ship while it’s at warp.
Watch it again
Check out the trailer… [international version at startrek.com]
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 1 through 4 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.
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