Star Trek Discovery Season 4 Episode 13
It’s been a long and winding road. Because of a mid-season break and a plot that is both contemplative and slow to develop, Star Trek: Discovery season 4 may appear to be a little longer than it really is. Discovery’s fourth season dispels any fears that the show couldn’t handle an epic science fiction story without resorting to an action-adventure plot. The season as a whole proves those doubters wrong. It’s likely that fans will be divided on whether or not this was the best season of Discovery, but one thing is for certain: from a tonal standpoint, it was by far the most consistent. The series appears to be confidently stepping into yet another new direction by the end of episode 13, “Coming Home,” which concludes the season.
Discover what happened at the conclusion of the Star Trek: Discovery season 4 finale, and what it could mean for the upcoming season 5…
The DMA averted
For a brief moment, it appears that the united front of the Federation and their allies will not be able to persuade the alien species known as the Ten-C to stop the DMA from destroying Earth and Ni’Var after President T’Rina (Tara Rosling) performs a large and frightening mind-meld with them. Trina’s mind meld attempt, on the other hand, was admirable, and it was a direct reference to Spock performing similar large-scale mind melds in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “One of Our Planets Is Missing,” as well as in the film Star Trek. After all, is said and done, the crew must communicate their intentions using the most classic model of Star Trek diplomacy: brutal honesty and genuine apologies.
In the end, the Ten-C managed to narrowly avoid being hit by the massive Dark Matter Anamoly that was hurtling toward both Earth and Ni’Var, saving everyone’s lives in the process. The Ten-C must not only scale back their massively destructive mining procedures, but they must also shut down their operations completely, according to this Book. This scene makes a fairly clear statement about climate change and alternative energy sources, but the stakes are much higher in the Discovery version of the episode.. The Ten-C were mining for boronite on the DMA, and they were completely unaware that their actions were causing destruction because they did not consider any of the life in our galaxy to be “higher lifeforms,” as we learned this season. Burnham, Book, and the rest of the crew are able to persuade them otherwise, but the biggest victory was the halting of the highly destructive mining process.
Tilly has returned, but where has Gray gone?
Tilly (Mary Wiseman) departed the ship in “All Is Possible,” the fourth episode of this season, to teach at Starfleet Academy, but she returns triumphantly in the season finale to aid Admiral Vance (Oded Fehr) in the excavation of Earth. To be clear, Tilly does not formally re-join the crew in this episode. Which, like Book, leads you to wonder whether Mary Wiseman will be a regular in season 5, or whether she will be a recurring guest star. While Michelle Paradise, the showrunner for Discovery, is unable to divulge any information regarding the upcoming season, she has stated on the record that once characters enter the DISCO realm, “they are forever a part of this world.”
This appears to indicate that the entire DISCO gang, no matter how dispersed, is still capable of coming together in some shape or form. It goes without saying that this includes Gray (Ian Alexander), who left for Trill earlier in the season, but it also implies that Lt. Bryce (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) and the mysterious Dr. Kovich (David Cronenberg) may be back in the mix for Season 5.
As previously stated in episode 7, “…But to Connect,” Book (David Ajala) chose not to follow through on the Federation’s decision to pursue diplomatic relations with the Ten-C and instead teamed up with Tarka to attempt to deliver an isolytic weapon to the DMA in order to destroy it and harness the power of the DMA controller. This put Book at odds with Burnham and the crew of the Discovery for the majority of the second half of the season, and it continued throughout the season. In the end, Book sees that Tarka has gone too far and, with a little assistance from Reno, saves the rogue scientist from destroying any hope of diplomacy that could have existed previously.
Also important in convincing the Ten-C to change their ways is Book’s presence. However, when the dust settles, he will have violated a slew of Federation laws, regardless of how it all turned out in the end. We find out what his punishment is at the very end of the film: he is assigned to assist refugees who have been displaced by the DMA. This simply raises the question of whether David Ajala will continue to appear as a series regular in Discovery season 5. Given that he is no longer onboard the ship, will he still be available to speak with?
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Earth and the United Federation of Planets
The most significant development of Discovery season 4 occurs at the very end of the season. We learn in this episode that United Earth, which had previously been separated from the Federation following the Burn, is now a full-fledged member of the United Federation of Planets (UFP). The President of Earth (played by real-life politician Stacey Abrams) doesn’t even think twice about rejoining the Federation when the opportunity presents itself. Furthermore, because Vance and Tilly relocated Federal Headquarters to Earth’s orbit, it appears that Discovery season 5 will take place on the Earth of the 32nd Century, at the very least in part.
In principle, this has been in the works for quite some time, and in the season 3 episode “People of Earth,” the crew even paid a visit to the site of what used to be Starfleet Academy. But, for the time being, we’re all back together as one big happy fleet. The return of the Federation to Earth also heralds the return of Starfleet, which suddenly has the potential to convert Discovery season 5 into something we’ve never seen before: a Star Trek series that genuinely delves into what Earth might be like in the far future.