Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman has teased a new kind of villain for now 4-  one that is not alive. Discovery was among the very first original series declared for Viacom CBS’s streaming platform, CBS All Access. The stage will rebrand to become Paramount Plus in March, but their Star Trek content has expanded to include Picard, Lower Decks, and the forthcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Amongst Others.

Star Trek: Discovery has broken lots of new floors for a grand franchise, and season 4 will continue that trend. Season 3 of the series entered new land via a time jump to the 32nd century, which Kurtzman promised would last to be the setting for the show. The upcoming season can be set to present Star Trek’s first-ever all-female bridge team, headed by Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).

That is not the only fresh path to be explored in Star Trek: Discovery season 4. In an online panel for Deadline, Kurtzman teased some of the additional new components the Paramount Plus series will examine, for example, year’s Big Bad. He cryptically indicated that season 4 will probably be “diving deep into the science,” before suggesting the next antagonist would not be quite as cut-and-dry since the villains of the past. He explained:

“There have been a lot of sorts of villains within the course of Star Trek. What happens when the protagonist isn’t any type of living, breathing thing, but something else? How can you solve this problem? ”

Kurtzman also indicated that a major challenge of Star Trek: Discovery season 4 will be in rebuilding the United Federation of Planets after it had been nearly ruined by Osyraa, leader of the Emerald Chain crime syndicate. Burnham is going to have to deal with the task of bringing other worlds into the fold of the Federation, but she will also be faced by “meeting the criteria and standards of what it means to be part of the Federation but also to not rob other civilizations of the identity. ”

Knowing the protagonist is a non-living thing leaves a lot of options for season 4’s antagonist. However, based on Kurtzman’s comments, it does not look like that he means something like a robot (Star Trek: Discovery has already had AI antagonists), but instead an idea. Considering that Burnham will be reuniting the Federation, possibly the “Big Bad” has to do with prejudices that are keeping these future cultures divided.

The season’s true villain being an allegory for racism (or something along those lines) will surely be timely, together with problems of race being quite culturally prevalent at the moment. Star Trek’s diverse cast and the utopian vision of the future has always been an answer to our present-day reality, so handling such a broad and thorny concept would be in keeping with the show’s background. Regardless of season 4’s true villain, it surely appears like Star Trek: Discovery is proceeding in intriguing directions.