Just as Paramount+ is the house that rebuilt Star Trek (on TV, anyway), Trek also formed the core of the streamer’s early programming (way back when it was CBS All Access). The failure of one almost certainly would have brought down the other. But here we are: Paramount is growing, and Star Trek now has two live-action shows running with at least one other on the way, as well as two cartoons. Aside from more thoroughly serialized storytelling, Discovery brings a new level of diversity to a franchise that seemed stuck in level of representation that was progressive in the 60s, but that had come to feel retrograde—especially given the complete lack of queer representation prior to this show. Season four is coming later this year.