Michelle Paradise, the showrunner on the fifth and final season of “Star Trek: Discovery” coming to Paramount+ around Easter, says the upcoming last run of the series will be more episodic than years past.
Since the beginning, ‘Discovery’ has operated on essentially season-long storytelling arcs much like with “Star Trek: Picard” – a decision that has caused division in the fandom. Other series like “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” are much more episodic.
Paradise indicated at CCXP over the weekend that some of the shine of those latter series has now rubbed off on ‘Discovery’. The result should boast a less ponderous tone and a more episodic nature overall.
Paradise says, via TrekMovie, that the fifth season will be a “wonderful mix”:
“Season 5 is going to be a wonderful mix. The DNA of Discovery always has those serialized stories over the course of a season. This season the nature of that serialized story allows us to have more episodic adventures.
So I think people are really gonna dig it. There are some very cool adventures and some really fun episodes. We did a bit of a tonal shift this season while still maintaining what Discovery is. This season will be a lot of action, a lot of adventure, a lot of fun.
We will also – as we always do in Star Trek: Discovery – explore meaningful themes as well, the family onboard Discovery, the community, all those sorts of things… We did a bit of a tonal shift this season while still maintaining what Discovery is. And it’s a lot of fun.
The final season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will see the USS Discovery hunting for “the greatest treasure in the known galaxy” which is dubbed an ancient power “hidden for centuries”. It will air April 2024.