The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery is just around the corner, Trekkies. We know for sure that Discovery season 5 will debut for streaming on Paramount+ in April. And while we don’t have a precise release date yet, we all remember First Contact Day 2024 is Friday, April 5, right?

Whenever Discovery season 5’s arrives, we’ll be ready for the debut of the show’s highly anticipated final season premiere. In the meantime, we’re spending this week’s Trek Tuesday counting down nine predictions for Disco‘s ultimate voyage. How likely do you find our predictions, Trekkies? Be sure to let us know in the comment section.

Raynor = Good?

Callum Keith Rennie as Raynor. He's wearing a red Starfleet uniform and looking serious.

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Discovery season 5 will see the introduction of several new characters. Several of these were revealed in October 2022. One of these is Captain Rayner (Callum Keith Rennie). When he was first mentioned at New York Comic Con 2022, we were told that he “needs to learn some lessons,” but we were assured that “he would learn them.”

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Naturally, this makes it seem as though Rayner will play an antagonistic role. It’s easy to image how he might fit into the “Badmiral” archetype (even if he’s just a captain). But in the spirit of redemption, perhaps we will see Rayner move away from an antagonistic role to become a valuable ally to Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)

The Return of Gray Tal

Ian Alexander as Gray, Blu del Barrio as Adira, and David Cronenberg as Kovich. They're all standing on Disco.

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There are a few characters we specifically hope return for Discovery season 5. These include Gray Tal (Ian Alexander). Gray is a trans Trill male. Alongside Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio), a nonbinary human who is Gray’s significant other, and multiple other characters, Discovery has brought a whole new universe of queer rep to the Star Trek Franchise.

Fortunately, we know Adira will play a significant role in the final season. They even appear in the cast promotional photo for Discovery season 5, released in December 2023. However, we have yet to receive confirmation that Gray will return, even if only for a single episode guest spot. Let’s hope he appears!

Michael Becomes an Admiral

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham. She's driving some kind of vehicle away from an explosion or something.

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Burnham has had a long road, getting from “The Vulcan Hello” to Discovery season 5. When we were first introduced to her, she was a First Officer under the decorated Captain Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh). However, Burnham was subsequently discharged from Starfleet. Over the course of the next three seasons, she worked her way back into the fold. And in Discovery season 4, she claimed her rightful place as Discovery‘s captain.

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But what if that’s not the end of Burnham’s professional career? Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) hated surrendering the center seat of the Enterprise to work as a Starfleet Admiral. But through Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), we see that higher command positions can suit a former captain quite comfortably. Given the rise of Burnham over the course of Discovery so far, perhaps she’ll be continuing her career in Starfleet by further ascending through the ranks at the conclusion of the series.

Captain Tilly

Mary Wiseman as Tilly. She's looking serious as disaster transpires.

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However, if Burnham leaves the Discovery, that leaves a vacancy for the ship’s captain. If not for the fact that he commanded the ship in Discovery season 3, we might suspect this role would go to Saru (Doug Jones). But because he has already passed through that position, we have another new cap in mind.

What if Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) were to step into the role? We were introduced to Tilly when she was an ensign who aspired to the role of captain. In Discovery season 3 and 4, she stepped away from those dreams to pursue a position at Starfleet Academy. While this did suit her, the presence of Tilly in the aforementioned Disco season 5 promotional image suggests she may play a larger role in this season than she did in the previous one. Perhaps this could be paired with a return to her dream of becoming a Starfleet captain? Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) would be so proud.

Return of the Spock

Ethan Peck as Spock in the Star Trek: Discovery season 2 finale. He's at his station on the bridge of the Enterprise.

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Speaking of returning characters, we’d like to see another appearance by Spock (Ethan Peck). It might be hard to recall thanks to the breakout success of Discovery‘s first spin-off, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. However, this incarnation of Spock made his debut in Discovery season 2. As Burnham’s adopted brother, Spock was the catalyst for several significant storylines for Disco‘s captain. Their parting was bittersweet. In fact, Spock even mentions he misses his sister in the pilot episode of SNW, “Strange New Worlds.”

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Perhaps it is possible Spock could appear in an episode of Discovery season 5. This could be an alternate timeline version of Spock. Or perhaps our Spock travels forward through time, but returns to his present by the episode’s conclusion (aka a “Reverse ‘Those Old Scientists‘”). Whatever the case, we’d like to see one more chapter in the story of this sibling relationship before Discovery concludes. Or alternatively, maybe Burnham could appear in future episode of SNW.

Star Trek: Discovery + Badgey

Jack McBrayer as Badgey and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford facing one another in the holodeck in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1.

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Back in February 2023, we predicted that Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ Badgey (Jack McBrayer) could appear in live-action to attack Discovery. We even anticipated that Agimus (Jeffrey Combs) and Peanut Hamper (Kether Donohue) might join forces with him. However, the October 2023 episode “A Few Badgeys More,” all three of these AI antagonists turned over a new leaf. Remember what I wrote above about the spirit of redemption?

Badgey even ascended to a higher plane of existence. Before he left our dimension behind, he suggested he had gained the ability to visit the Black Mountain and/or commune with the Cosmic Koala. In fact, with his new ascendant personality, Badgey may no longer be an antagonist at all. For this reason, we have a new Disco-related prediction for the sentient Starfleet delta. What if he appears in Discovery season 5, but as an ally, not an enemy? This would definitely teach us a lesson (even if I’m not quite sure which lesson we’d be taught).

Queen Grudge Ascendant

Grudge the cat (Leeu and Durban) in a cat carrier in the hallways of the Discovery.

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There’s no returning character we aren’t excited to see in Discovery season 5. But there is one character we feel could use a bigger role: Queen Grudge (Leeu and Durban), sidekick to Cleveland “Book” Booker (David Ajala). It is true that Grudge played an important role in the climax of Discovery season 4. Furthermore, she got her own issue of the 2022 comic series Star Trek: Discovery — Adventures in the 32nd Century.

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However, we feel that Grudge deserves a whole episode of Discovery season 5 centered on her as protagonist. Perhaps this would include making the dialogue of the rest of the ship’s crew unintelligible (unless universal translators work for Earth felines). Maybe Grudge has a connection to the Caitians. Or it could just be a storyline that sees Grudge getting loose in the ship’s Jeffries Tubes, Alien style. Whatever the case, we hope to see more Grudge before Discovery concludes forever.

“Calypso” Explained

Aldis Hodge as Craft in the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso." He's eating alone* in the Disco's cafeteria.

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Many of the subplots raised over the first four seasons of Discovery have already been resolved. However, one piece of continuity remains impossible to incorporate into the narrative as it stands. In the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Calypso,” the Discovery is seen to be concealed in a nebula. At first, we assumed that this might be a story that explains what the ship is up to while the crew jumps from the 23rd century to the 32nd century. But the events that open Discovery season 3 suggest that Disco was carrying the crew as they made this temporal leap.

So if “Claypso” doesn’t show what transpired between Discovery season 2 and Discovery season 3, than where in the continuity does this short fit in? Perhaps Discovery season 5 will finally offer the context for this compelling and memorable Short Treks episode.

Return to the 23rd Century

Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham in the Star Trek: Discovery season 2 finale. She's wearing her 23rd century outfit and hairstyle and standing amidst chaos.

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And perhaps the context for Short Treks‘ “Calypso” could come from this prediction coming to pass. What if the crew of the Discovery returns to the 23rd century? This time travel U-turn isn’t narratively necessary. The Disco crew seems to be doing quite well in the 32nd century. They have taken advantage of the technology and begun new lives in the distant future.

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However, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Discovery might go back to where its story began (temporally speaking). And if so, perhaps the method of time travel will explain the events of “Calypso.” Only time will tell, Trekkies!

The first four seasons of Star Trek: Discovery are currently available for streaming on Paramount+.

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