A while back I talked about the reason why it was unlikely for CBS’ upcoming Star Trek TV series to be set in the same continuity as the J.J. Abrams/Justin Lin films, and today we have confirmation that this is indeed the case. Birth.Movies.Death. is reporting that the new TV series will take place some time during the 71 years between Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered County and The Next Generation.
Even as someone with unabashed fondness for Abrams’ 2009 film, I have to say this is a best-case scenario for me. The original series (and the films that came directly out of it) represent the best Trek has ever been, with just the right combination of heady science fiction and good ol’ fashioned space adventuring fun, so the closer you get to that ideal, the happier I’ll be. And it seems like Bryan Fuller fully intends to put this new series as close – both tonally and temporally – to the original series as possible.
The show is also, supposedly, not set on an Enterprise (sorry for those of you hoping to see a whole series of the Enterprise C jetting around the galaxy). There’s another interesting tidbit in B.M.D.’s report, though they go out of their way to point out that this is the least ironclad part of their scoop:
One last rumble I heard, which I could not get second sourced at this time, so consider this a wild rumor: while the Khitomer Conference will have paved the way for Klingons and humans to find peace, Fuller has a plan as to how he can still feature villainous Klingons, something we haven’t seen in decades!
Again, this is far from confirmed, but if it’s true I would be ecstatic! I love Klingons as allies of the Federation, but in my heart of hearts, I’ll always prefer them as warmongering baddies. Sounds like this show might just let us have our cake and eat it too!
The new Star Trek series is set to debut on the CBS All Access streaming service at some time in 2017, and it sounds like I’m going to be the schmuck who signs up for a subscription service just to watch one show.
UPDATE: Birth.Movies.Death. has since updated their original story to include an additional rumor stating that this series might be a ‘seasonal anthology’ with Season One set between TOS and TNG, while future seasons could be set at any point in the Star Trek chronology.