Star Trek: Discovery Star Reveals Major Changes For Season 5

Star Trek: Discovery's Gray Tal is no longer a Trill host, and the character will finally have his own body.

By Jessica Scott | Updated

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Star Trek: Discovery is heading into its fifth season and things are going to be pretty different, according to Ian Alexander’s transgender character, Gray Tal, was once a Trill host and now has his own body. “Gray’s going through a lot of major changes. He finally has a body now,” said Alexander. 

Before this change, Gray had to remain in the same clothes he died in, with the same hairstyle he was wearing when he died. During this season of Star Trek: Discovery, though, he gets to experiment with new clothes and new hairdos. According to Alexander, Gray is “never going to see that [old] outfit ever again. He probably threw it in the incinerator or something [laughs].”

Gray Tal

Star Trek: Discovery wrapped production on its fifth season in November 2022. It is set to debut on Paramount+, but no official release date has been given as of the time of this writing. Fans should be seeing Gray and his new fashion choices sometime in 2023, however.

Those fans, though, have been waiting for quite some time to know what’s going to happen next. Last year on Star Trek Day (September 8, 2022, for non-Trekkie readers), Paramount+ debuted a trailer for season five of Star Trek: Discovery. In it, audiences were introduced to numerous new characters, like Moll and L’ak, played by The 100’s Eve Harlow and Shadowhunters’ Elias Toufexis, and Rayner, played by Callum Keith Rennie of The Umbrella Academy

Season five of Star Trek: Discovery will also see the return of Captain Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, as well as the rest of the cast, which includes Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Doug Jones, David Ajala, Wilson Cruz. and Blu del Barrio. 

Star Trek: Discovery’s highly anticipated fifth season originally began development way back in March of 2020. The intention was to film it back-to-back with the fourth season but, like with so many other productions, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the works.

Another hiccup in the season’s creation came when Paramount+ asked the creators to cut the season down to 10 episodes to match the other Star Trek shows it had on the platform. The previous seasons, the first three of which were created for CBS All Access, had 15, 14, and 13 episodes. 

This season of Star Trek: Discovery is said to have been inspired more closely by Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. This means more exploring and more adventuring around the galaxy, which is what fans have loved since the original show began way back in 1966.

Star Trek: Discovery’s season synopsis begins sounding much like other seasons of the show (and every other Star Trek show): Captain Burnham and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery “uncover a mystery that sends them on an epic adventure across the galaxy” in search of a hidden power. They are not the only ones searching for this power, however: terrible enemies await them at every turn as they struggle to find this power and keep it for themselves, no matter what the cost.

So, while the show will have some changes in terms of characters and cast, some Star Trek things will always stay the same. 

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