Since ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ aired on CBS, the series has proved one of the most polarizing for ‘Star Trek’ fans – especially when it comes to ‘Trek’ canon. For a series that claims to take place a decade prior to the events of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series,’ it looks like it could include technology from beyond even what ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and its contemporaries featured.
One diehard fan had a creative way of making sense of the discrepancy and offered it to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ showrunners, Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, during a panel at WonderCon. The fan theorized that ‘Discovery’ could be taking place a parallel dimension that is just slightly different from the prime timeline. While the showrunners were impressed with the fan’s creativity, they are sticking to the story that ‘Discovery’ takes place in the same timeline as every ‘Star Trek’ television series that came before it, saying:
“When Gretchen and I signed on, which was when Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman were initially working up the pilot, the idea was always to be in the Prime timeline. Obviously, there are questions and concerns and things that are different. Our technology is a little different. We have a ship that runs very differently. We’re our own show in a lot of ways. Season Two is really exciting for us because this is our opportunity to really show how Discovery fits into this prime timeline. We are firmly committed to that. But I do like the idea of seeing other universes from time to time.”
Berg and Harberts have addressed this before, noting that the introduction of the USS Enterprise in the first ‘Discovery’ season finale, ‘Will You Take My Hand?’ will help to clarify how ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ fits into ‘Star Trek’ canon. They explained:
“I think one of the biggest things [the Enterprise is] going to allow us to do is start to develop how ‘Discovery’ fits into canon. One of the big things that’s been polarizing for fans is, ‘We’ve never heard about ‘Discovery!’ How does it fit? She’s related to Spock?’ All those things. And what it’ll allow us to do is hit that straight-on. We see it as an exciting opportunity to say, ‘This is exactly how ‘Discovery’ fits into the timeline. This is exactly how we can reconcile the choices we have made.’ Because at this period in time, the Discovery and the Enterprise are the crown jewels in the fleet, so they should be face-to-face.”
Catch ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ when it returns to CBS on January 7!