Paramount+ only recently confirmed that the fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery will be arriving this year. It was the most recent live-action Trek show in production, so one might assume it would be arriving later in the year, however, series star Wilson Cruz has indicated we could be getting it a lot sooner.
Springtime for Discovery? [or Summer?]
Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber) is the guest on the latest episode of his costar Tig Notaro’s (Jett Reno) podcast Don’t Ask Tig, and Cruz dropped a clue about season five as they wrapped up the show. Notaro asked Cruz if he had anything he wanted to promote and he started off with…
Obviously season five of Star Trek: Discovery is coming out in the spring.
Beyond confirming season five is coming in 2023, Paramount+ has no confirmed release date, so for now Cruz’ comment isn’t official. And it is sooner than one might expect, given production on the fifth season of Discovery wrapped up on November 20th, 2022. The second season of Strange New Worlds wrapped production months earlier, on July 1, 2022. One might expect Paramount+ would roll out Strange New Worlds ahead of Discovery, which would be easier on the post-production team, many of whom work on both shows. However, there is also a logic to releasing Discovery ahead of Strange New Worlds as season four of the show wrapped up in late March 2022, over a month ahead of the early May debut of Strange New Worlds.
A few days after our report on this Wilson Cruz took to Twitter to clarify when he recorded the podcast in January he was “guessing,” however now he is “hearing closer to summer.”
So, just I don’t get yelled at later; when I recorded Tig’s podcast back in early January and said #StarTrekDiscovery would be back in the spring, I was guessing. 🤷🏽♂️ Now, I’m actually hearing closer to summer, but what do I know. Nada, apparently. It’ll be worth the wait. Promise
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) February 19, 2023
Even this later estimation still puts the release earlier than originally expected. But a summer release does leave time for Paramount+ to release a season of one of its other Star Trek shows in the spring after this series finale of Picard.
5 shows for 2023
As we reported last week, Paramount has now confirmed that it will release seasons of all five of its Star Trek shows in 2023, making it just about as packed with Trek as 2022. The third season of Picard debuts this week, with the series finale coming on April 20. If Cruz is correct about Discovery coming in the spring, then season five would likely debut soon after Picard wraps up, possibly in May. That would leave July through to December for the releases of season two of Strange New Worlds, season four of Lower Decks, and the first 10 episodes from season two of Prodigy.
A different kind of season for Discovery
The fifth season of Discovery will be seeing some changes for the show. Firstly it will be 10 episodes, bringing it in line with the other Trek series. The show is also moving away from the usual galaxy-ending storylines, with the showrunner promising a shift in tone to more action and adventure.
Here is the official synopsis:
In season 5, 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.
Season 5 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). Also returning are guest stars Tara Rosling (Ni’Var President T’Rina), Chelah Horsdal (Federation President Rillak), Oded Fehr (Admiral Vance), and David Cronenberg (Kovich).
Callum Keith Rennie joins the cast in a series regular role as Captain Rayner. Also new this season are Moll and L’ak, played by Eve Harlow and Elias Toufexis
A trailer released in early October at New York Comic Con gave a hint at the new tone and this quest-based season.
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. 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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