It’s been a long journey. In part, this is due to the fact that the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery takes place across two seasons rather than the usual three. This season of Discovery proves that the show is capable of handling a large-scale science fiction story without turning to an action plot. People who were skeptical at first were proven wrong by this season as a whole. The Discovery audience is going to be divided over whether or not this was the best season, but one thing is for sure: the tone stayed always consistent throughout. By the season’s last episode, “Coming Home,” the show appeared to be taking a bold new stride forward.
Find out what happened in the Star Trek: Discovery season 4 finale and what it could indicate for the forthcoming season 5…
The DMA averted
After President T’Rina (Tara Rosling) executes a large and frightening mind-meld with the extraterrestrial race known as the Ten-C, it looks that the united front of the Federation and their allies will be unable to persuade the Ten-C to stop the DMA from destroying Earth and Ni’Var. When Spock performed comparable telepathic mind melds in Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “One of Our Planets is Missing,” as well as in the film, Trina’s mind meld was a direct allusion. Ultimately, the crew must explain their objectives in the most typical Star Trek manner possible: with brutal honesty and heartfelt remorse.
As it turned out, the gigantic Dark Matter Anamoly that was rushing toward Earth and Ni’Var missed the Ten-C entirely, sparing the lives of those aboard. According to this Book, the Ten-C must not only reduce their extremely damaging mining practises, but also cease all operations totally. The stakes are substantially higher in the Discovery version of the programme when it comes to climate change and alternative energy sources. They were mining boronite on the DMA, ignorant that their actions were creating destruction because they didn’t consider any of the species in our galaxy to be “higher lifeforms,” as we discovered this season. They are eventually won over by Burnham and Book and the rest of the crew. The biggest success was stopping the incredibly destructive mining procedure.
Tilly has returned, but where has Gray gone?
This season’s fourth episode saw Tilly (Mary Wiseman) quit the ship to teach at Starfleet Academy, but she returns triumphantly in the season finale to assist Admiral Vance (Oded Fehr) in the excavation of Earth. To be clear, Tilly does not return to the crew in this episode in a formal capacity as before. You may question if Mary Wiseman will be a regular in season 5, or if she will only be a regular guest star, as Book did in season 4. Michelle Paradise, the showrunner for Discovery, has declared on the record that once people enter the DISCO realm, “they are eternally a part of this reality.”
This suggests that the DISCO gang, despite its scattered nature, is still capable of getting together. Gray (Ian Alexander), who left for Trill earlier in the season, is obviously included, but it also hints that Lt. Bryce (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) and the mysterious Dr. Kovich (David Cronenberg) may be back in the mix for Season 5.
It was previously mentioned that Book (David Ajala) elected not to follow through on the Federation’s intention to develop diplomatic ties with the Ten-C and instead teamed up with Tarka to attempt to deliver an isolytic weapon to kill the DMA and take control of its controller. For the bulk of the second half of the season, Book was at odds with Burnham and the crew of the Discovery, and it lasted throughout the season. After realising Tarka has gone too far, Book intervenes with the help of Reno to prevent him from destroying any last possibility for diplomatic relations.
To help persuade Ten-C to modify their methods, Book’s presence is crucial. In the end, he will have broken a number of Federation regulations, no matter how the situation plays out. At the end of the film, we learn what his punishment is: he is assigned to help refugees displaced by the DMA. Whether or not David Ajala will remain a series regular in Discovery season 5 is all that this does. When the ship docks, will he still be accessible for conversation?