Season four of Star Trek: Discovery finds Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all. (synopsis courtesy startrek.com)
Star Trek: Discovery is arguably the leader of the pack when it comes to the current modern era of Star Trek storytelling.
That’s not simply because it arrived first, ahead of the likes of Lower Decks, Prodigy and Strange New Worlds, all of which herald a frenetically full new era of stories in the most utopian of future scenarios, but because it embodies the heart and soul of what makes this franchise so great.
It is inventive, robust, fearless, imaginative and enthrallingly expansive, a series that is not afraid to take some big narrative and thematic risks while adhering very much to the original vision of franchise creator Gene Roddenberry.
This fearless approach seems set to continue in season 4, which presents us with another season-spanning narrative arc in which an anomaly threatens life as everyone knows it.
Anchored again by the nuanced acting of Sonequa Martin-Green as Captain Michael Burnham, Discovery is all set to continue its epically beguiling story of how good life can in a far-flung future even when the very worst of possibilities is confronting us.
Star Trek: Discovery season 4 premieres on Paramount Plus on 18 November. (At this stage it’s uncertain if it will debut on Netflix or Paramount Plus in Australia.)