The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery is set to arrive in early 2024, but there haven’t been any official updates since San Diego Comic-Con in July. That will change this weekend, as Paramount+ is holding an official Discovery panel at CCXP in Brazil.
Disco in São Paulo
Today São Paulo, Brazil began hosting CCXP 2023, the biggest pop culture convention in Latin America. Paramount+ has staked out Saturday for a panel highlighting four original shows—including Discovery. The press release states “Fans will see exclusive first looks and hear from the stars of Halo, Star Trek: Discovery, The Thundermans Return and more.” The release also promises “exclusive, never-before-seen content and other surprises” for the panel. Specifically for Discovery, Paramount+ is sending series star Sonequa Martin-Green (Captain Michael Burnham) along with executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise. The Paramount+ panel begins at 4:15 PM local time (2:15 PM ET / 11:15 AM PT).
This morning on Twitter/X, Michelle Paradise teased “surprises” for Discovery:
See you soon, CCXP-ers! We may have some surprises in store… https://t.co/N0nLID6s4R
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) November 30, 2023
This will be the first major event that both actors and writer/producers could attend since the double strikes hit Hollywood. Paramount+ will likely use CCXP to set a specific release date for season 5. It also sounds like there will be more footage and/or imagery for Discovery released. TrekMovie will report on any new announcements or releases coming out of CCXP.
Paramount+ is also on the convention floor offering interactive experiences and themed photo opportunities for many of its shows, including Star Trek: Discovery. Paramount+ Brasil posted videos from the show floor showing off the captain’s chair.
— Paramount+ Brasil (@paramountplusbr) November 30, 2023
UPDATE: Sonequa’s message to Brazil
On Thursday evening Sonequa Martin-Green posted an Instagram video from her flight to Sao Paulo talking about how excited she is to go to Brazil for the first time and promising “lots more to come” from the panel.
View this post on Instagram
Final season to be an “epic adventure”
Co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman did attend the Star Trek Universe Panel at New York Comic-Con held in October during the SAG strike, just days after the WGA strike ended. There were no announcements or releases related to Discovery, but he did speak about the final season:
“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.”
As previously announced, the fifth and final season of Discovery is moving away from the usual galaxy-ending storylines, with the showrunner promising a shift in tone to more action and adventure. The official description of the season is:
The fifth and final season will find Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send 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.
In addition to Martin-Green, the returning cast includes 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).
The first teaser for season 5 was released at New York Comic Con over 13 months ago. Paramount+ also released a clip of the opening 5 minutes of the season premiere at San Diego Comic-Con in July. You can see both below.
Keep up with news for the Star Trek Universe at TrekMovie.com.