The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery will now be released internationally much sooner than initially announced. When release plans for the new season were originally revealed, international fans were disappointed when they realized they wouldn’t be getting access to the episodes at the same time as folks in North America. The first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery aired on various services around the world, as the Paramount+ streaming service is not yet available in some territories. With the company planning to expand into more countries in the coming year, the creators of the popular Star Trek series said the new season would not be available until Paramount+ was launched in those new locations.
This meant that, although the new season of Star Trek: Discovery would begin airing on November 18th in Canada and the United States, it would have only started streaming in most international locations in 2022. The revelation was met with backlash from fans who took to social media to make their disappointment known.
Now, in an interesting turn of events, Paramount+ has decided to scrap their original plans and make Star Trek: Discovery available to fans around the world. The new announcement was made on social media and on the official Star Trek website which said…
“To all of the International Star Trek: Discovery fans: we hear you. We love this series too. We love it for the incredible cast, the hardworking crew, the imaginative storytelling, the groundbreaking, diverse characters who bring the show to life, and what it represents to so many people around the world. Star Trek has always put its fans first. We want to do the same.”
The statement went on to describe exactly how global fans can access Star Trek: Discovery’s new season in specific countries. The streamer is also offering fans in these markets a new membership promotion on Paramount+ for 50% off for the first three months. The fourth season is now set to premiere internationally on November 26th, just over a week after its American premiere.
Star Trek: Discovery chronicles the voyages of Starfleet on their mission to discover new worlds and new life-forms. Set approximately ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, season one sees the Klingon houses join forces in a war with the United Federation of Planets that heavily involves the crew of the USS Discovery. After the war has ended in season two, the story focuses on seven mysterious signals and a strange figure known as the “Red Angel”. This conflict ends with Starfleet traveling to the 32nd century.
The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery picks up shortly after season three ended, with Michael Burnham finally taking her turn in the Captain’s chair. The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, along with the returning Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala, and Blu del Barrio.
Along with their showrunner duties, Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise also serve as executive producers with Heather Kadin, Jenny Lumet, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Star Trek: Discovery season four premiered on the Paramount+ streaming service on November 18, 2021. Including Discovery, there are now various shows in the franchise, namely Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Short Treks, and the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks.