Star Trek: Discovery May Take Place Before the Original Series

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 2:30PM
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 2:30PM
Star Trek: Discovery May Take Place Before the Original Series
When the new Star Trek series was announced for 2017, all Star Trek fans had the same question: what's the timeline? Now, we have an answer, and it may have been in front of our noses this whole time.

It's been difficult to tell when the series takes place, since we haven't really seen any footage. But Bryan Fuller, the showrunner of the new series, says that we might have gotten the answer in the short teaser from SDCC, which only showed the new (or old) version of the Enterprise:
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"There's a big clue in the number of the ship [NCC-1031] that indicates when we're set," he told Ain't It Cool News.
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The Enterprise that appeared in the original series had the registration number NCC-1701. Since the new/old Enterprise has a lower registration number, it's reasonable to conclude that this series takes place before the TOS timeline. Fuller also confirmed that the series will take place in the Prime timeline, and won't have any direct connection to the rebooted movies' Kelvin timeline.

Here's the official synopsis for the series:

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The brand-new "Star Trek" will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
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Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS All-Access in January 2017.
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