Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images

One quick note before we jump into the following preview package for Paramount+'s Star Trek: Discovery S04E05 "The Examples" (written by Kyle Jarrow and directed by Lee Rose). Following the preview images, promo, episode overview, and sneak preview,  we're sharing some interesting things that "Star Trek" streaming universe bigwig Alex Kurtzman had to say about the franchise's universe, Section 31, and… crossovers?! But first, here's what you need to know about this week's chapter of Star Trek: Discovery:

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images
Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images
Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images
Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images
Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples" Preview Images
Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

Now here's a look at the promo for "The Examples," followed by an overview of the episode and a look at the sneak preview that was released during the Will Wheaton-hosted "The Ready Room" after-show (at around the 23:00 mark):

Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 "The Examples": Burnham and Book race to evacuate a group of stranded colonists in the anomaly's path as one of the Federation's brightest scientists comes aboard the U.S.S. Discovery to do high-stakes research with Saru and Stamets. Written by Kyle Jarrow and directed by Lee Rose.

With Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Prodigy & Lower Decks (and Section 31 still in active development and other projects in the rumor mill), it would be an understatement to say that the "Star Trek" streaming universe is a bit busy right now. With that much in play, the obvious question needs to be asked. When are we going to start seeing some crossovers? That was the question posed to Kurtzman when he joined Deadline Hollywood's Hero Nation podcast. Kurtzman has been thinking about crossovers- especially how to do them the right way that benefits the shows and the viewers. "It's really funny that you asked that question because I was just thinking about it [crossovers] this morning," Kurtzman responded during the interview. "Here's the thing about crossovers; I think crossovers are can be really, really exciting. But they have to exist for a reason. There has to be a great story reason to do it. And it has to move both shows forward in a way. And it does feel both of you are right, that inevitably it's coming somewhere somehow. But I think we want to be as intentional about doing something like that as we've been about our selection of shows and the way in which we've curated each show to have its own distinct identity."

Kurtzman continued, "Because the flip side to doing a crossover wrong is that people are really disappointed and it impacts both shows. So it's just not a gamble that I would want to take randomly. that being said, it's certainly exciting to think about certain pairings that you're like 'Wow, what would it be like if those two characters were together or those two crews were together?' But I want to be careful about it. So I guess the most direct answer I can give you is it's on my mind but I haven't thought about a specific yet." Along with the previously-teased "Starfleet Academy" series project, fans have been eagerly awaiting word on the Michelle Yeoh-starring spinoff series Section 31. After confirming the project was still in development, Kurtzman added, "We're in a very exciting place. I can't tell you anything yet. But it's still very much alive."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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