Discovery Season 4 has endved now. You can read our review of the season finale. “Coming Home” saw the DMC storyline get a fitting ending, for Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew. Here’s a few thoughts about what we felt about Season 4 . . .
Discovery again chose to go with a season arc. And,it was a pretty solid storyline, too. We got to experience the full journey with the crew. For example, we first “discovered” the DMA, as they did. Then, we learned about the implications. Just like the crew, we had no way of knowing whether those responsible for the DMA were hostile, or friendly. This smart move, and good writing ensured that it wasn’t quite this simple. That nuance allowed for some good, complex explorations, which are exactly what we’ll be talking about next.
Star Trek Traditions
Communication, and the significance of it, was crucial to the central premise in Discovery Season 4. We saw some brilliant “traditional” Star Trek stuff. Starfleet’s always aimed for peaceful encounters. This is a defining aspect of The United Federation of Planets. It always has been. But the timing of the DMA arriving, following the dylithium crisis last season, created conflict. This made for interesting viewing. Towards the end of the season, seeing the crew work out how communicate with species 10-C was truly classic Trek.
Saru (Doug Jones) is arguably the most interesting character in Discovery. Last season it was great to see Saru (Doug Jones) have his own arc. Interspecies relationships have long been a part of Star Trek. What they do is show that love is a universal force in the universe. We saw that as Saru and T’rina (Tara Rosling) developed romantic feelings for one another. It was a great storyline of its own.
Where Next? . . .
Whilst Season 5 of Discovery hasn’t been officially announced, we should get it. According to multiple reports, Season 5 is in pre-production, and will drop in 2023 sometime, probably early on. There’s still an entire future to explore. Starfleet is still getting back to full strength, but by the time we see Season 5 maybe they’l be closer to that. This time around, it would be great to see the tension come from an all out war. Also, it looks as if the love story between Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Book (David Ajala) will continue. And, as for Grudge, we really hope to see her become President, replacing President Rillak (Chela Horsdall)!