Star Trek: Discovery’s future was brought up in a new Sonequa Martin-Green interview.
When it comes to Star Trek: Discovery, the show will always have a divisive history. It started off horribly, retconned a number of things that were established canon, and retooled the look of the series to make it look less like Star Trek and more like, something else.
It eventually found a way forward, retaining a moderate fanbase in the process, but the optimism and hope it once had as it launched into its first season is largely gone, despite an impressive cast. Now the series is grinding its gears to get into season five, and, at least according to series star Sonequa Martin-Green, season five may not be it.
Martin-Green spoke to Radio Times (via CBR) and she made it clear that there is no end in sight for the franchise, at least that she’s aware of. Saying;
"Well, the show is definitely rolling forward, thankfully. There haven’t been talks about the endgame yet. We talk a lot about things that we still want to see, or at least they share with me ideas that they have."
Star Trek: Discovery seems to be going forward on a year-to-year basis
Discovery seems to be going year to year right now. The special effects budget has been noticeably reduced, and the number of episodes they’re doing has been significantly reduced. They’re also one of the only shows not shooting back-to-back seasons, a sign that they may not have another season coming.
This all seems to paint the picture that Discovery isn’t exactly the most popular show and may keep getting the greenlight simply due to the lack of successful shows on Paramount+. If that’s the case, Discovery can limp along until season seven or beyond.
Yet, we’ve already seen Paramount+ bring the ax down on Picard, canceling after three seasons; despite the showrunners talking about doing the show as long as possible, even past the original idea of just three seasons.
Spin-off ideas have floated around but have largely been shut down. The planned Section 31 show is developmental hell at the moment, and the shows are largely being lapped by Strange New Worlds.
The success of Strange New Worlds has more than likely changed everything, with everyone now realizing that classic Trek sells, and sells best. This may cause the folks at Paramount to change up much of their future plans.
Including, how much longer they let Discovery limp on.