With the strikes over, Star Trek production is just starting to get back into gear, but there is one show expected to release a new season on Paramount+ in early 2024: Star Trek: Discovery. For the fifth and final season, the show is changing things up and introducing some new characters. Now that he can finally talk about it, one of the new actors for season 5 is happy to start hyping the show.
A message from L’ak about his ship
One of the new characters in season 5 is an alien named L’ak, played by Elias Toufexis. After the SAG-AFTRA strike ended, he turned to Twitter/X to share a shot (from the sneak peek shown at SDCC), proudly exclaiming “I have my own #StarTrek ship! That’s absolutely bonkers to me brain.”
Now that the strike is over I can finally share this:
— ᴇʟɪᴀꜱ ᴛᴏᴜꜰᴇxɪꜱ 🖖 (@EliasToufexis) November 9, 2023
Playing L’ak is not Toufexis’ first brush with Star Trek: Discovery. In season 1 he had a small part playing a human Federation prisoner (back when the show was set in the 23rd century). He also provides voice work for the recent Star Trek: Resurgence video game. Toufexis considers himself a fan and wasn’t shy about weighing in on the issue of nacelle design in the 32nd century on Twitter.
I love it.
— ᴇʟɪᴀꜱ ᴛᴏᴜꜰᴇxɪꜱ 🖖 (@EliasToufexis) November 10, 2023
L’ak and Moll take on Captain Burnham and the Discovery crew in an “epic adventure”
The ten-episode fifth season of Discovery switches the tone of the show with a “an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries,” according to the official synopsis. But the crew of the USS Discovery will face others on the hunt for this ancient power, including “dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it.” L’ak (played by Elias Toufexis) is one of those foes, along with his partner in crime, Moll, played by Eve Harlow. At the 57-Year Mission convention in Las Vegas, Toufexis confirmed that he is playing the “main villain” of season 5.
Here is the official description for L’ak and Moll:
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.
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 an alien, although exactly what kind of alien isn’t clear. According to Toufexis, it took him up to 5 1/2 hours to get into makeup.
4.5 a day. 5.5 if it was a hands day.
— ᴇʟɪᴀꜱ ᴛᴏᴜꜰᴇxɪꜱ 🖖 (@EliasToufexis) November 14, 2023
You can see L’ak and Moll right at the top of the SDCC sneak peek of the first five minutes of season. You can also hear the voice of Callum Keith Rennie, playing the new character Captain Rayner.
Waiting for 2024 release date
Production on season 5 wrapped around a year ago. Earlier this year, Paramount+ decided to make it the final season but allowed the team to make changes, so they shot additional footage in the spring, to turn what was a season finale into a series. finale. Speaking at NYCC last month, co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirmed the fifth season is complete and offered some of his own hype:
“We have finished it. It will be airing early next year. It’s an incredibly satisfying ending to a show that is so near and dear to my heart. Sonequa Martin-Green gave the performance of her life. I think you guys are going to love 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).
We are still waiting for Paramount+ to set a premiere date for Discovery season 5. Now that the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, they can finally coordinate timing with the cast for the promotional rollout, so hopefully an announcement comes soon.
Until then, here is the trailer released at NYCC 2022:
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