Preview ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 5 Premiere With New “Red Directive” & “Under The Twin Moons” Images

Just over two years since season 4 wrapped up, Star Trek: Discovery returns on Thursday with a 2-episode premiere. We have details and new photos to get you started. NOTE: Photos and descriptions include spoilers.

 Episode 1: “Red Directive”

The season premiere episode is titled “Red Directive,” written by Michelle Paradise and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. It debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 4.

Synopsis:

Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery are sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact hidden inside a 800-year-old Romulan vessel – but find that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Meanwhile, Saru is offered the position of a lifetime.

Paradise previously teased this episode saying, “Launching the mission. The mission is a red directive. An exciting mission that launches us onto our season, and it’s super-secret.”

NEW Photos:

Doug Jones as Saru (Michael Gibson/Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Marni Grossman/Paramount+)

L-R Elias Toufexis as L’ak and Eve Harlow as Moll (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Michael Gibson/Paramount+)

Previously released photos:

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Marni Grossman/Paramount+)

Elias Toufexis as L’ak and Eve Harlow as Moll (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Marni Grossman/Paramount+)

Episode 2: “Under The Twin Moons”

The second Discovery episode for the week is titled “Under The Twin Moons,” written by Alan McElroy and directed by Doug Aarniokoski. It also debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 4.

Synopsis:

On Saru’s last mission as Captain Burnham’s Number One, the team ventures to a seemingly abandoned planet to hunt for what might be the greatest treasure in the galaxy.

Co-showrunner Michelle Paradise Paradise previously teased this episode saying, “A lovely Burnham and Saru episode.”

NEW Photos:

Blu del Barrio as Adira (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Oded Fehr as Admiral Vance (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Callum Keith Rennie as Rayner (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Doug Jones as Saru (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Previously released photos:

Callum Keith Rennie as Rayner (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Doug Jones as Saru (Michael Gibson/Paramount+)

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and Doug Jones as Saru (Marni Grossman /Paramount+)

Season Trailer

Here is the season 5 trailer released in February….

The fifth and final season of Discovery debuts with two episodes on Thursday, April 4 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., the UK, Switzerland, South Korea, Latin America, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, and Austria. Discovery will also premiere on April 4 on Paramount+ in Canada and will be broadcast on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada. The rest of the 10-episode final season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays. Season 5 debuts on SkyShowtime in select European countries on April 5.


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Firstly, I’m SUPER excited for this.

Secondly, and I get that this is silly, but I really wish they’d stop using “Number One” and “First Officer” interchangeably. One’s a position, the other is a nickname/term-of-endearment for that role, and it’s weird seeing Number One used like First Officer. It’s like someone introducing their spouse as “my lovey dovey mcpooperson” or something.

I am hopeful they have new role for Saru, who deserves to stand on his own, after the second episode. He has long deserved and wanted to be the Captain of his own ship. Happy to see Admiral Vance back. He was a great character for the show to add for its last two seasons.

It would have been better to make Saru captain and keep Burnham as first officer since she is the one doing all of the dangerous away missions. The show could have ended with her becoming a captain. Journey from mutineer to captain would have been perfect bookends since the series is all about her.

I’m hoping that Saru gets his own ship and moves over to the Academy show, as they have said it won’t be solely planet based. Hopefully Saru’s ship is the one they cadets take to get to those missions that require it.

Great way to spoil the episode Paramount.

I kid because someone else would say it. I’m excited for these two.

The best way to avoid spoilers is to stay far, far away from websites like this. Me, I’m ghosting this site until after the season is over. Tiger will miss me.

Spoilers don’t actually bother me. I do have a habit of waking up extra early though so I can see the episode before I visit here on first run days.

I won’t say why, but I suspect Rayner will be condescending, full of himself, arrogant, foolish, with lots to learn. You know, that typical stereotype.

Burnham, the only fleshed out character on the show, on the other hand will be perfect.

Saru is getting Voyager

I just rewatched Season 4 and that’s my thought as well. The President did offer Michael Voyager in the finale of S4 so there would be precedent.

Wouldn’t be surprised to learn he’s getting the Enterprise either though.

Wait she did? Why don’t I remember that? Oh I probably already fell asleep by then.

Any chance of Jolene blalock to come out of retirement for role in this?