Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Premiere Review

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Published on 18 Nov 2021, 13:08
Star Trek: Discovery returns for Season 4 with the premiere episode "Kobayashi Maru." Watch our review to find out how Captain Michael Burnham and the Disco crew are faring in the 32nd century.

Michael Burnham has finally taken the center seat as captain of the USS Discovery in Season 4 of Paramount Plus's flagship series, Star Trek Discovery. The Sonequa Martin-Green character's ascension to captain was teased at the end of last season, and indeed as far back as the opening moments of the Season 1 premiere in 2017. But even though Burnham is now running the Disco, she's still finding herself chafing against authority as the new season kicks off -- even as the Federation is confronted by a mysterious new threat.

Indeed, to illustrate the core conflict at the heart of Burnham as captain, Discovery's writers have invoked the classic Star Trek Kobayashi Maru test that Starfleet Academy cadets take. You know the one -- it forces them to confront a "no-win" scenario. Captain Kirk famously beat the test through some distinctly Kirkian methods, but like that famed leader, Burnham has trouble dealing with the concept of the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. This, it seems, will be a theme for the character this season. How many times can she risk it all in the hopes of pulling out a win from death's door?

Watch our full video review to get all our thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery Season 4, Episode 1!

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