Star Trek: Discovery ends with season 5

The news about the Paramount+ show comes at a time of transition in the Star Trek universe.

It’s the end of an era for Trekkies. Paramount has announced that “Star Trek: Discovery,” the series that launched the current litany of “Star Trek” shows on Paramount+, will end after its upcoming fifth season. The premiere of the last batch of episodes is expected in early 2024 (via The Hollywood Reporter).

“As lifelong Star Trek fans, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to help bring ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to the world,” said executive producers and showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise. “The Trek universe means so much to so many people, including us, and we couldn’t be more proud of all that ‘Discovery’ has contributed to its legacy, especially representation. If just one person sees themselves or the possibilities of their future in a new way because of ‘Discovery,’ we think we would have made Gene Roddenberry very proud.”

The show was notable for casting Sonequa Martin-Green as the first black woman to lead a “Star Trek” series. The actress acknowledged the end of the historic show in her own statement.

“I can’t believe this mind-blowing journey with Discovery is coming to an end,” Martin-Green wrote. “I am incredibly blessed by God to play Captain Michael Burnham and to be a part of a legacy with an extraordinary cast, phenomenal crew and remarkable writing team. I am deeply grateful to our most supportive partners at CBS Studios and Paramount+, who have insisted on making television history.”

The news comes at a time of transition in the “Star Trek” universe. “Star Trek: Picard” will also end after the upcoming third season, leaving “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” as the flagship of the franchise. The show received rave reviews in its first season and quickly became Paramount+’s most-watched “Star Trek” series, prompting a quick renewal. Season 2 is expected to premiere later this year.

The animated side of the franchise is also thriving, with the fourth season of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and the second season of “Star Trek: Prodigy” in the works. Kurtzman too he teased development of a new live-action series titled “Star Trek: The Academy,” although it has not yet been officially ordered.

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