Star Trek: Discovery Season Four
review by Bobby Blakey
There are few sci-fi franchises that have had the staying power and impact of Star Trek. The original short run series has spawned numerous films and TV series. In 2017 they unleashed yet another new series with Star Trek: Discovery this time exclusive to CBS All-Access streaming that eventually became Paramount+. Since the series has churned out 4 seasons with the latest finally coming home, but does it keep the trek alive or is it not worth going where no man has gone before?
Star Trek Discovery follows ten years before the original series the fourth season the newly promoted captain Michael Burnham leads the crew of the USS Discovery to face a totally new threat in the form of the spatial anomaly threatening the galaxy bringing the Federation and non-Federation worlds together to face this threat.
The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala, Blu del Barrio, Tig Notaro, Oded Fehr, and David Cronenberg. The entire cast are great and loved that they not only continue to evolve a lot of them but mix them up in a way that keeps giving them interesting arcs. There are a couple of the characters introduced in the last season that I am not a fan of and didn’t do much to fix that this time around, but it wasn’t at the forefront this time around so was easier to just let it happen.
Visually the show continues to be amazing offering up a look and feel more cinematic than TV. Everything feels so big here and to me bigger than any of the previous shows ever which is something considering what some of the shows have done. When dealing with time travel you never know how well
it’s going to work, but this does it to perfection. This season takes us back into a Federation aspect, but allowing to work to build a new being in a different time. There is a specific moment at both the opening of the season and the end of the season regarding this that was perfection and I thought was such a beautiful book end.
The overall arcing story is engaging and was happy to get the Book character off the ship and doing something else. I just don’t dig that character, but here it gave him something different to do and kept you wondering how they were going be dealing with it in the end. This show continues to evolve in the best ways possible and the cinematic element makes it easily the most Star Trek show we have ever had in my opinion. I loved this season and cannot wait to see what’s in store for the Discovery crew in the next season.
In addition to all 13 episodes of the fourth season this release offers up bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, commentary and numerous featurettes taking fans behind bringing this latest season to life. Grab your copy of Star Trek: Discovery Season Four when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 6th.