Michael Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) first year as captain of the USS Discovery will not be easy, as the ship’s crew will be sent out into the farthest reaches of space to identify a mysterious new threat in season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery.
As revealed in the recently released first teaser trailer for the upcoming season, the Federation has located a gravitational anomaly that is five light-years wide. The anomaly, which seems to have caused serious damage to the ship’s bridge, behaves erratically and could go anywhere at any time without any kind of warning.
Things look so dreadful in the video that the Vulcans have even decided to work with the Federation to put an end to the destructive anomaly. After all, the anomaly threatens everyone equally, Federation or non-Federation.
“We are facing something we don’t understand, something that we could tear us all apart. But there’s only one way to confront the unknown ― together,” Burnham says in the teaser.
"We are not in this alone."
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) April 5, 2021
According to season 4’s official description, Captain Burnham and the rest of the USS Discovery crew face a threat unlike any they’ve encountered before. With Federation and non-Federation worlds both feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all.
Co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman first teased season 4’s unique villain during an online panel for Deadline last January. “There have been many kinds of villains over the course of Star Trek. What happens when the villain is not actually any kind of living, breathing entity, but something else? How do you solve that problem?” said Kurtzman at the time.
Star Trek: Discovery season 4 doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but the teaser confirmed that it will premiere on Paramount+ later this year.