Star Trek: Discovery fans across the globe have expressed their fury after finding out that season 4 of the popular sci-fi show has been pulled days before its launch and moved to another streaming platform, potentially making it harder for some to access.
Since the premiere of Discovery in 2017 – a prequel spin-off set a decade before the original Star Trek series – the CBS show has been available to on Netflix, with episodes released on a weekly basis.
It was expected that this method of release would continue for the fourth season, which will see Sonequa Martin-Green return as science specialist and protagonist Michael Burnham.
However, not only will that not happen, but the previous three seasons of Discovery have been removed from Netflix as the show finds a new home on Paramount Plus, which isn’t due to launch in the UK until next year.
In a statement released on the Star Trek: Discovery social accounts, it stated that ‘the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery season four will now premiere exclusively where Paramount Plus is available in early 2022’.
While the new season will be made available to watch in the US and Canada from this week, fans in other regions around the world will have to wait until next year – meaning they’re also going to have try to avoid spoilers online, something which has sparked great frustration.
Several infuriated Star Trek fans emphasised that this move will only prompt people to pirate the new episodes, rather than wait until the new year to watch them.
Furthermore, some pointed out that fans may feel ‘alienated’ by the transition, as they’ll be expected to sign up for yet another streaming service.
‘What a kick in the teeth for #StarTrekDiscovery fans outside of North America. Appreciate ultimately shows might move to #ParamountPlus but to pull the show from Netflix internationally just a few days before it was due to be shown is one of the most bizarre, ill-judged corporate decisions I can ever remember seeing in my life,’ one person tweeted.
‘It promotes piracy, illegal downloading & ensures #StarTrekDiscovery will be ruined by spoilers for international fans.’
‘I can’t stress enough how bad this decision is, and only days before the new series was meant to air. Fans are not going to wait until 2022 to find out what happens, especially when you have to subscribe to ANOTHER subscription service,’ someone else said.
Another person said that they were ‘raging’, stating: ‘Whaaaaaaaaat the f**kery is this? I am raging! They’ve removed all previous series from Netflix too!’
‘It is decisions like this that lead to popular shows being pirated. And its decisions like this that leads to me unfollowing any official Star Trek account because seriously, f**k spoilers,’ someone else wrote.
Anthony Rapp, who portrays Paul Stamets on the series, shared a message on Twitter explaining that the cast ‘just found out about this as well’.
‘I hereby reach out to our many international #StarTrekDiscovery fans, who are understandably upset at the last-minute news that you won’t get to experience Season 4 until 2022,’ he said.
‘We cast members just found out about this as well, & we share your disappointment & frustration.’
Star Trek: Discovery season four is due to premiere in the US from November 18 on Paramount Plus and internationally in 2022 as the platform expands globally.
Credit: Original article published here.