The fourth season of “Star Trek: Discovery” is about to premiere in November of 2021. In season three, the crew of the Discovery was caught within the thirty second century after touring there to save lots of the universe from Control. They helped the Federation overthrow the Emerald Chain, a prison group that managed the galaxy by coercion and concern. The crew additionally found the reason for The Burn, a catastrophic occasion that decimated most warp-capable ships sooner or later and killed tens of millions.
At the top of the third season, the crew of the Discovery launched into a mission to rebuild the damaged Federation and restore diplomatic relationships that had been frayed for years. The season ended on a hopeful notice, which has been absent by a lot of the collection.
There’s not a lot details about season 4 but, though the premiere is simply over a month away. Only one full-length trailer has been launched to date and the folks instantly concerned within the show have been cautious in regards to the hints they’ve dropped.
Here’s what we all know for certain to date:
Michael Burnham is Still Discovery’s Captain
At the top of the third season, Captain Saru determined to take a go away of absence to return to his residence planet, Kaminar. In his absence, Admiral Vance promoted Commander Michael Burnham to Captain. The trailer for the fourth season, which will be seen above, reveals that Burnham will stay captain of the Discovery for at the least a part of the fourth season.
The trailer reveals her commanding the crew of the Discovery as they face their latest risk. She’s additionally proven working with Admiral Vance and the Federation to rebuild alliances that have been misplaced after The Burn.
Saru Will be Back
When Saru left for Kaminar on the finish of season three, followers have been involved that they could by no means see the character once more. However, Doug Jones, the actor who performs Saru, was fast to allay their fears on social media. He promised that Saru would return and revealed that he was actively filming for season 4.Shortly after the season three finale, showrunner Michelle Paradise additionally confirmed that Saru will probably be again in season 4.
In an interview with Comicbook.com in January 2021, she stated “Saru will probably be again, 100% in season 4. So relaxation straightforward, sleep effectively. We’re not letting Doug go anyplace. We’re holding onto him.”
When the trailer premiered on First Contact Day 2021, followers received a fast peek at Saru. However, the trailer revealed nothing in regards to the particulars of his function in season 4.
There’s been a variety of hypothesis about what Saru will probably be doing because it would not seem he’ll be a member of the Discovery’s crew. Jones himself has hinted that Saru would possibly grow to be a Federation Ambassador to Kaminar. Other insiders have additionally instructed that Saru might tackle a diplomatic function.
So far, no particulars have been confirmed. All followers know for certain is that Saru will probably be again.
However, Jones did trace that Saru may have a model new kind of storyline this season — a romance. In an interview with TrekFilm.com, Jones stated that Saru will meet T’Rina, the president of Ni’Var, and “his coronary heart goes somewhat bit flutter, flutter over her.”
A New Kind of Villain
The greatest piece of knowledge that followers received from the trailer was that the crew of the Discovery will probably be going through a special type of villain this season, one which they can’t management in any manner. A gravitational anomaly that spans greater than 5 lightyears is terrorizing their sector of the galaxy and there is no option to inform the place it would seem subsequent.
The trailer made it clear that every one the planets within the sector should work collectively to guard their folks from the devastation of the anomaly. Though the crew of the Discovery has confronted non-corporeal threats earlier than, like Control, this would be the first time that the massive unhealthy is a pure phenomenon.
It seems to be like Discovery will probably be on the entrance traces in each a tactical and diplomatic sense. Several scenes within the trailer confirmed Discovery encountering the anomaly, together with a scene the place the gravitational controls fail and a scene during which the bridge seemed practically destroyed. A couple of different clips confirmed Captain Burnham at Federation headquarters assembly with Admiral Vance and numerous diplomatic officers like President T’Rina and an unidentified official who followers assume seems to be half Cardassian and half Bajoran.
Some followers assume that the gravitational anomaly storyline may have a tie-in to the V’Ger from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” or The Nexus from “Star Trek: Generations.” So far, nothing has confirmed these theories. However, the workforce behind “Discovery” has put in a number of tie-ins to “The Original Series” in earlier seasons. So, it is doable they will accomplish that once more.
The Crew is Headed to Ni’Var
In an interview with TrekReport in May of 2021, Tara Rosling, the actress who performs President T’Rina, revealed that her character will probably be round fairly a bit in season 4. One scene within the trailer even instructed that the crew will journey to Ni’Var, the planet previously generally known as Vulcan.
The brief clip confirmed T’Rina and Cleveland Booker on an elaborate balcony, surrounded by a purple planet. The environment look very like what followers have seen of Vulcan earlier than in “The Original Series” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
The finish of season three made it clear that Ni’Var was prepared to barter to rejoin the Federation. So, it could make sense for the crew to journey to the house planet of a diplomatic ally. Though, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what brings them there.
Gray Will be Visible
After Saru, Dr. Culber, and Adira found that Gray may very well be made seen by way of holographic programming, Dr. Culber promised to make Gray seen to everybody once they received again to the Discovery. Since season three ended, Paradise has made it abundantly clear that the writers will comply with by with this storyline in season 4.
In a panel at Outfest in June 2021, Paradise promised that they making Gray “really seen” is a high precedence in season 4.
“We completely do pay that off in season 4. It’s very a lot going the other way of the [bury the gays] trope… That storyline and ensuring we pay it off is massively vital.”
During the “Discovery” panel at Star Trek Day 2021, Wilson Cruz, who performs Dr. Culber, confirmed that Culber will preserve his promise. He stated:
I believe what’s vital to know is that when Dr. Culber makes a promise he retains one. And on the finish of season three… we promised Gray that he will probably be seen. And that it is vital for folks to see him and perceive all of the wonderful issues that he is able to being. So, in season three we do preserve that promise, I’m blissful to say.
Many followers assume that “Discovery” will carry again a plot gadget from “Star Trek: Voyager” to perform this objective. In that show, The Doctor had know-how from the long run known as a cell emitter that allowed his holographic matrix to exist exterior the confines of sickbay or the holodeck. Fans have posited that “Discovery” will reuse the concept of a cell emitter to make Gray seen.
Found Family is the Theme of Season 4
Cruz, Ian Alexander (Gray), and Blu del Barrio (Adira) have been additionally on that Star Trek Day 2021 panel, they usually revealed that their discovered household will probably be a serious a part of season 4. Cruz stated that he and his onscreen accomplice Paul Stamets, performed by Anthony Rapp, will get to do much more parenting in season 4. The couple has unofficially adopted Adira and Gray, and are performing as their “area dads.” Cruz, Alexander, and del Barrio all confirmed that there could be much more exploration of their chosen household in season 4.
Co-showrunner Michelle Paradise added that season 4 may also discover the discovered household that’s the Discovery crew. After every little thing they have been by collectively, the crew is nearer than most organic households, and season 4 will discover the influence this has on them.
There’s a variety of thrilling stuff in retailer for season 4! The first episode drops at midnight Pacific Time/3 am Eastern Time on November 18, 2021.