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Editorial
09 May 2019

The Continuities of Star Trek

The live-action TV series and movies produced by Star Trek's copyright owners are canon by definition. Until 2009, all canon Star Trek was set in the same timeline (although owing to time travel it was frequently subject to subtle changes). But the continuity is becoming increasingly complex. The Abrams movies explicitly take place in a detached timeline and hence in a new continuity. And although Star Trek Discovery is meant to exist in the same continuity as TOS, this official claim is hard to uphold.

A new article looks at the continuity of Star Trek and how the concept changed over time, from a single timeline to something like a multiverse. The article takes into account the official policy of CBS but also outlines a way to handle reboot series such as Discovery. Note that the purpose of this article is not to discuss whether or not the Abramsverse and Discovery are in contradiction to classic Trek, which I have already done in excruciating detail in several other articles and episode reviews and don't want to rehash here. Regarding the existing continuity issues, there are only summaries.

Read more about how the different series and movies fit in: The Continuities of Star Trek.

Bernd Schneider

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Recent EAS Updates
  • 07 Apr 2020
    More articles updated with facts from Star Trek Picard: The Evolution of the Federation Emblem, The Visual Continuity of Star Trek, Timeline - Post-Nemesis Era and several entries in the Treknology Encyclopedia.
  • 04 Apr 2020
    We have finished our article with Observations in PIC: "Broken Pieces". See how the pieces fit together in 286 pictures.
  • 31 Mar 2020
    Here is the first batch of articles with Picard-related updates (aside from some tiny changes that I wouldn't bother to list here): Spot the Difference, Artificial Lifeforms, Locating Starfleet Buildings in San Francisco, The Emblem of Starfleet Command. Much more will follow in the next couple of months.
  • 27 Mar 2020
    Updated Poll: Rate the season finale, PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego II".
  • 27 Mar 2020
    The first season of Star Trek: Picard ends with an exciting, emotional and meaningful episode. Read my review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego II".
  • 26 Mar 2020
    Here is our big article with Observations in PIC: "Nepenthe". We show everything interesting about the eponymous planet and the Troi-Riker home in 305 pictures.
  • 22 Mar 2020
    Six journalists famously storm the bridge of the Enterprise-B at the beginning of "Star Trek Generations". They work for different news channels or agencies, but the logos actually visible in the movie are not quite the ones we would have expected to see. Our article about Reporters in "Star Trek Generations" investigates the logos and also the costumes in great detail.
  • 20 Mar 2020
    Updated Poll: Rate the latest episode, PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego I".
  • 20 Mar 2020
    Picard and his crew arrive on Soji's homeworld where they meet familiar faces but also unexpected threats. Read my review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego I".
  • 19 Mar 2020
    The classic article on the Re-Uses of the Vasquez Rocks Location has been updated with new information from Picard and revamped with HD caps where available. Picard-related updates to all sections of the site will gradually follow after the end of the first season.
Latest Comments on EAS Articles (Overview)
  • 07 Apr 2020

    Some hack working at Starfleet Headquarters was told to create those holograms, and installed them not long before Picard arrived. But instead of an accurate reconstruction of the original Enterprise, he built what he imagined the ship could have looked like. When Admiral Clancy noticed the ship was wrong, she shouted "sheer fucking hubris" and fired the guy.

  • 06 Apr 2020

    Yeah, that's why I wait until we have some more information. At least I don't have to change URLs all the time they way MA has to.

  • 06 Apr 2020

    Yeah, thats the trouble with Wikis... they change, lol.

  • 06 Apr 2020

    Looks like they've back peddled from that on Memory-Alpha as they are listing the "Zhang He type" now. Which is good.

  • 06 Apr 2020

    It's pretty much a direct analogy I'd agree. The precedent (legally) if one was needed was set by Spock so unless this has become less uncommon, Picard has to be recognised as Picard on that precedent. Spock's new body was a clone as well as it was created from his dead cells (so technically, Spock was "more real" than Picard though Picard's consciousness was transferred with less issues and pretty much intact from minute zero).

  • 06 Apr 2020

    To me, the appearance of the "Discoprise" in this series cements it as being part of the "Discoverse". However, that's just my opinion.

  • 05 Apr 2020

    I just realized that it is irronic that Picard was again saved by Data because his conciousnes was able to exist with Data until the body was build and after that he again witnessed his dead.
    Regarding all that philosophical talk if Picard is alive or android. From my point of view it is the same thing as with Spock. Spock's body died and his conciusnes lived inside Bones until new body was created in more or less natural way and then the consciousness was transfered via natural vulcan way. In Picard's case the body died, conciusnes lived inside Data's head and the new body that was created was basically clone and the transfer to it was something like artifical replica of what vulcans can normally do.

  • 04 Apr 2020

    The Borg being spaced doesn’t bother me. The Borg in first contact presumedly had time to prepare for their space walk, while the ones in the cube here were still in their alcoves regenerating, with zero warning to protect themselves from the harshness of space.

    Plus the sudden decompression and the forces being applied to their bodies might have damaged their bones and other organic parts, and we know Borg can’t survive their necks being snapped and they need their organic parts.

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  • 07 Apr 2020
    More Picard-Related Updates: More articles updated with facts from Star Trek Picard: The Evolution of the Federation Emblem, The Visual Continuity of Star Trek, Timeline - Post-Nemesis Era and several entries in the Treknology Encyclopedia. The seal of the United Federation of Planets (UFP), in its most familiar versions of the late 23rd century (TOS movie era) and the 24th century (TNG era), consists of a circular star map on blue ground, enframed by a wreath of two olive branches. The design is quite obviously closely based on the em...
  • 06 Apr 2020
    Thank god they resist the temptation. Maybe the current crisis is an opportunity to bring back some escapism in season 2? But EP Akiva Goldsman Goldsman has put some thought into it.
  • 04 Apr 2020
    New Article: Observations in PIC: "Broken Pieces": We have finished our article with Observations in PIC: "Broken Pieces". See how the pieces fit together in 286 pictures. Here are some observations about sets, props, make-ups and visual effects in PIC: "Broken Pieces", with special attention to continuity with previous Star Trek series and movies.
  • 31 Mar 2020
    Picard-Related Updates: Here is the first batch of articles with Picard-related updates (aside from some tiny changes that I wouldn't bother to list here): Spot the Difference, Artificial Lifeforms, Locating Starfleet Buildings in San Francisco, The Emblem of Starfleet Command. Much more will follow in the next couple of months. Classic Command EmblemDiscovery & Picard Command EmblemsAddendum: Starfleet Logo on Tube-Shaped BagAddendum: Precursors of the Command Emblem
  • 28 Mar 2020
    Review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego II": The first season of Star Trek: Picard ends with an exciting, emotional and meaningful episode. Read my review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego II". Star Trek Picard season 1 episode guide and reviews
  • 26 Mar 2020
    New Article: Observations in PIC: "Nepenthe": Here is our big article with Observations in PIC: "Nepenthe". We show everything interesting about the eponymous planet and the Troi-Riker home in 305 pictures. Here are some observations about sets, props, make-ups and visual effects in PIC: "Nepenthe", with special attention to continuity with previous Star Trek series and movies.
  • 22 Mar 2020
    New Article: Reporters in "Star Trek Generations": Six journalists famously storm the bridge of the Enterprise-B at the beginning of "Star Trek Generations". They work for different news channels or agencies, but the logos actually visible in the movie are not quite the ones we would have expected to see. Our article about Reporters in "Star Trek Generations" investigates the logos and also the costumes in great detail. At the beginning of Star Trek Generations, six reporters are seen on the bridge of the USS Enterprise-B. These reporters are interesting for two different reasons. They are all wearing the logo of a future news agency on their clothes or equipment and they are all wearing re-used costumes that were....
  • 20 Mar 2020
    Review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego I": Picard and his crew arrive on Soji's homeworld where they meet familiar faces but also new and unexpected threats. Read my review of PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego I". Star Trek Picard season 1 episode guide and reviews
  • 19 Mar 2020
    Update: Re-Uses of the Vasquez Rocks Location: The classic article on the Re-Uses of the Vasquez Rocks Location has been updated with new information from Picard and revamped with HD caps where available. Picard-related updates to all sections of the site will gradually follow after the end of the first season. Vasquez Rocks is a Los Angeles County Park of 745 acres. It has been used for location shooting in numerous movie and television productions, including ten times for Star Trek:
  • 15 Mar 2020
    New Article: Observations in PIC: "The Impossible Box": We have completed our article with Observations in PIC: "The Impossible Box". Inside and around the Borg cube, this episode is full of visual references. Here are some observations about sets, props, make-ups and visual effects in PIC: "The Impossible Box", with special attention to continuity with previous Star Trek series and movies.
  • 13 Mar 2020
    Review of PIC: "Broken Pieces": The latest Picard episode answers many of the lingering questions about Soji and the Zhat Vash and relays messages of compassion, of trust and of hope. Here is my review of PIC: "Broken Pieces", the perhaps best of the series so far. Star Trek Picard season 1 episode guide and reviews
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