Star Trek: Discovery will come to an end with its fifth and final season, Paramount+ announced on Thursday. The final voyage of the show will take place sometime in early 2024.
“As lifelong fans of ‘Star Trek,’ it has been an immense honor and privilege to help bring Star Trek: Discovery to the world,” Executive producers and co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise wrote in a press release issued by Paramount+. “The ‘Trek’ universe means so much to so many – including us – and we couldn’t be prouder of everything DISCOVERY has contributed to its legacy, particularly with representation. If just one person sees themselves, or the possibilities for their future, in a new way because of DISCOVERY, then we think we’d have made Gene Roddenberry very proud.”
The show’s final season will see Captain Michael Burnham, played by series star and producer Sonequa Martin-Green, and the crew of the Discovery on a journey to uncover “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.”
Some of the cast of Discovery at the Star Trek: Mission Chicago convention in 2022. Photo by Aaron Cynic.
Martin-Green said in the statement that she could hardly believe “this mind blowing journey is ending.”
“I’m astoundingly blessed by God to have played Captain Michael Burnham and to have taken part in a legacy alongside an extraordinary cast, phenomenal crew and remarkable writing team. To our most supportive partners at CBS Studios and Paramount+, who insisted on making television history, I’m deeply grateful.”
Star Trek: Discovery spearheaded a revival in the Star Trek franchise. Launched in 2017, featured the series first Black female lead, along with other firsts in LGBTQIA+ representation. The show was also one of the first of the franchise to feature more serialized storytelling, usually featuring a big bad or mystery threading a full season together. Discovery spanned multiple universes and timelines, beginning about ten years before the events of the original series and making a stop in the mirror universe before eventually ending up 900 years in the show’s future in the 32nd century.
“When we first started talking about the return of ‘Star Trek’ eight years ago, we never could have imagined the indelible impact STAR TREK: DISCOVERY would have,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “The series brought back a beloved global franchise, and just like its predecessors, DISCOVERY honored ‘Star Trek’s’ legacy of ‘infinite diversity in infinite combinations,’ representing the best of what we could be as humans when we celebrate our differences.”
In its wake, Discovery was followed by Picard and Strange New Worlds, alongside two animated series, Lower Decks and Prodigy. Picard, which is currently airing its third season, will also end. Meanwhile, the two animated shows have new seasons in the works and Strange New Worlds season 2 of Strange New Worlds is expected to air later this year.
Some of the cast of Strange New Worlds at the Star Trek: Mission Chicago convention in 2022. Photo by Aaron Cynic.
If that isn’t enough Trek, Kurtzman also teased the development of another spinoff in February. According to Deadline, a show that would follow cadets in Starfleet Academy aptly titled “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” may be in the works, though Kurtzman is being cagey about details. Meanwhile, the long teased Section 31, which would follow Michelle Yeoh’s Captain/Emperor Philipa Georgiou, is still apparently in the works/on the way.