Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 will take flight sometime in 2021

Saru (Doug Jones) and Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) in 'Star Trek: Discovery'.
Saru (Doug Jones) and Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) in "Star Trek: Discovery.". (Image credit: CBS All Access)

One more little bit of news out of the inaugural First Contact Day — season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere sometime before the end of 2021. 

That doesn't come as a huge surprise given that Season 3 premiered in October 2020, but it's welcome news nonetheless.

Discovery has spent its entire life as a streaming exclusive, with the first three seasons on CBS All Access before it became Paramount Plus in March 2021. The series follows the crew of the USS Discovery, a ship with an experimental propulsion system that allows it to instantaneously travel to anywhere in the galaxy. Seasons 1 and 2 saw the United Federation of Planets at war with the Klingon empire, and Season 3 found Discovery thrown some 900 years into the future. 

Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a human brought up in the Vulcan ways by Sarek, the father of Spock. Also starring in the series are Doug Jones as Saru, Shazad Latif as Voq/Ash Tyler, Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly, Jason Isaacs as Capt. Gabriel Lorca, Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber, Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike, and David Ajala as Cleveland "Book" Booker.

"We're all living in uncertainty," we hear Burnham — now the captain — say. "Even for a crew as familiar with it as this one, the stress is taking its toll. But we are not in this alone. None of us are."

And as always, the stakes are high. "We are facing something we don't understand," she says. "Something that could tear us all apart."

That something is a gravitational anomaly 5 lightyears across.

Mount and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) are in the midst of shooting their own spinoff, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, aboard the USS Enterprise. No word on when to expect it, but we have gotten a teaser of the new characters that will be introduced.

Paramount Plus also has live sports, including regional NFL games, as well as the Champions League, Europa League and National Woman's Soccer League in the United States.

You'll also find a host of new Paramount original series, including an expansion of the Yellowstone universe.

Paramount Plus is available on every major streaming service, including Paramount Plus on Roku, and Paramount Plus on Amazon Fire TV.

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.