When Star Trek: Discovery returns for Season 5, it’s about to deliver a big tonal shift that the show needed. The first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 has been unveiled at New York Comic Con 2022, and it reveals that Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery-A will be on the hunt for “the greatest treasure in the known galaxy.” Disco Season 5 also introduces new characters, including Starfleet Captain Rayner (Callum Keith Rennie), and Moll (Eve Harlow) and L’ak (Elias Toufexis), two former couriers who probably know Burnham and Cleveland “Book Booker (David Ajala) .
The Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 teaser is heavy on the show’s stunning visuals and explosive action. But the preview also sets a different feel for Disco season 5 in keeping with the theme of an intergalactic treasure hunt. There’s no indication of what the “greatest treasure in the known galaxy” is, but it’s apparently something the United Federation of Planets and other galactic factions want, including the seedy underbelly of the 32nd century. Much of Star Trek: Discovery seasons 3 and 4 took place on starships or in Federation Headquarters and involved scientific investigation and debate, but it looks like Burnham and his crew will be involved in plenty of action sequences. exciting action on different planets in Disco season 5. The teaser literally ends with Captain Burnham on the hull of the Discovery riding his ship as it jumps into warp. Fun and adventure seem to be on the menu for Discovery Season 5 like never before, and it’s a welcome change of tone for the first Star Trek series on Paramount+.
The previous four seasons of Star Trek: Discovery were all about galactic threats
Star Trek: Discovery has earned its reputation as the darkest and most serious Star Trek series. The previous four seasons of Discovery have focused on threats that could literally doom the galaxy unless Michael Burnham stops them. Discovery Season 1 was about the Klingon War of 2256-2257, which did a lot of damage to the Federation. The series then upped the ante for Discovery Season 2 by introducing Control, Section 31’s self-aware threat assessment AI, which became self-aware and decided that interstellar Armageddon to wipe out all organic life in the galaxy was a logical course of action. The threat of control set up Burnham and the USS Discovery’s one-way time jump to the year 3188.
When Burnham landed in the 32nd century in Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, she found a galaxy shattered and a Federation shattered by a cosmic accident called The Burn. Michael and the crew of the Discovery had to solve the mystery of The Burn’s case to bring Warp travel back to the Federation. But the most serious threat of all appeared in Discovery Season 4 in the form of the DMA, a massive anomaly that has destroyed entire planets. Captain Burnham had to literally take Discovery to another galaxy to discover the source of the DMA and make first contact with its completely alien creators, Species 10-C. While a certain levity has crept in and the characters of Star Trek: Discovery have always found a way to shine, the show desperately needs to lighten up a bit.
Discovery season 5 could finally be about exploring the 32nd century
After two seasons in the far future, what Star Trek: Discovery absolutely needs to do is let Captain Burnham and his starship actually explore the 32nd century galaxy instead of just reacting to the season’s Big Bad. . Star Trek: Discovery Season 5’s Treasure Hunt feels like a clever premise that will provide just that. Disco Season 5’s quest for the galactic prize is about to take Burnham to new worlds and seedy corners of the galaxy, where his experience as a courier will be crucial. The 32nd century galaxy has been ripe for “discovery” ever since Burnham and his starship landed there, and Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 could finally shed light on more than the final frontier a thousand years into the future.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 premieres in 2023 on Paramount+.