Star Trek: Discovery (2021): S04E05 – The Examples


The third season of the American television series Star Trek: Discovery follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they travel to the future, over 900 years after the events of the original Star Trek series.

The season is being produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment, with Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise serving as showrunners.


The DMA disappears and reappears 1000 lightyears away seconds later, proving that it is not a naturally-occurring anomaly. Scientist Ruon Tarka joins the ship to help determine who created the DMA, and is able to make a model of it which requires more power than Discovery can give. Learning that the Radvek asteroid belt is in the DMA’s new path, Discovery is sent to evacuate its inhabitants. The magistrate of the belt is grateful for their help and begins organising for his people to beam aboard, but he refuses to release their prisoners, who he refers to as “The Examples”. Burnham and Book go to release the prisoners themselves, who claim to have been imprisoned unjustly. Burnham convinces them to escape by offering them asylum on Discovery, but one, Felix, chooses to stay behind. He reveals that he accidentally stole an orb recording a family’s heritage and then murdered the owner in the ensuing fight. Book still wants to save him, but Burnham honours Felix’s wishes and he dies when the asteroid belt is destroyed by the DMA. Burnham later gives the orb to the daughter of the man Felix killed.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 16 December 2021.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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