“Star Trek: Discovery” Set Pre-TOS?

When the new Bryan Fuller-produced “Star Trek: Discovery” TV series was announced, one of the big questions was that of continuity.

With the J.J. Abrams-directed film branched off in its own alternate ‘Kelvin Timeline,’ the question arose as to not just what time period the new series would be set in, but which universe. The latter was soon answered with Fuller himself indicating the new show was set in the original ‘Prime Universe’.

That still left the question of which time period – would it be the mid-22nd century of “Enterprise,” the mid-late 23rd century of the original cast TV series and films, the mid-late 24th century of the various spin-offs like “Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” or would it go beyond that to avoid most potential continuity issues.

One report a few months back suggested an early 24th century show set post-Kirk but pre-Picard. That doesn’t look to be the case though as speaking with AICN this week, Fuller said that fans need to look at the registry number written on the ship itself with Fuller saying: “There’s a big clue in the number of the ship (NCC-1031) that indicates when we’re set”.

That would suggest the series will take place before Kirk, though some ships seen in the original series had lower numbers such as the USS Constellation (NCC-1017). It would also makes sense as to why the ship lacks the graceful design of subsequent vessels.

More specifics are expected to be revealed at the Television Critics Association panel for the show which takes place next Wednesday and may include the announcement as to who will be playing the new Captain.

“Star Trek Discovery” will premiere on CBS in January 2017 before becoming a CBS All Access Exclusive in the United States. It will premiere around the rest of the world hours after the U.S. broadcast through Netflix.