Anthony Rapp portrays Star Trek: Discovery’s chief engineer, Paul Stamets
Shortly before Star Trek: Discovery was set to premiere on Paramount Plus, international viewers were made aware that the series was being pulled from Netflix. The streaming channel was the only way that viewers outside the United States and Canada could watch Discovery as it had always been on a one day delay, airing the next day on Netflix to enable international viewers to keep up with the current season. That all changed when Paramount bought out its deal with Netflix, enabling the studio to air Discovery exclusively on its own streaming service.
Unsurprisingly, the decision created a firestorm with fans who would now be unable to watch season four until some time in 2022. And when that time is, no one knows exactly. As disappointed viewers expressed their frustration, the actors who bring Discovery to life shared their own disappointments with fans on social media. Anthony Rapp, who portrays Paul Stamets, took to his Twitter account in a series of tweets to convey his sadness.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to hit international markets in 2022
Discovery will become available to the UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria, and Switzerland among others first, but Paramount hasn’t indicated exactly when international fans can expect to see the new season or to be able to rewatch the previous seasons as those, too, have been removed from Netflix.
With no way of knowing when they’ll be able to see the Star Trek series again, international fans are muting hashtags and laying low in an effort to avoid spoilers. In the meantime, they’re also urging viewers not to take out their anger on Discovery’s actors as they, too, were unaware of Paramount’s decision. And those actors are trying to soften a blow that’s going to hurt for quite a while.