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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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Latest Comments on EAS Articles (Overview)
  • 16 Nov 2019

    A planet can be inhabited without an atmosphere. People can live within sealed structures or underground. If we put people on the moon to live, it's inhabitants will live on a planet without an atmosphere.

  • 13 Nov 2019

    So we agree that there are two possibilities?
    1) DIS authors frequently and consistently use "mutiny" for something that technically isn't a mutiny. TOS authors have a different, perhaps more correct idea of what a mutiny is (at least, one that in our interpretation could comply with what a mutiny is today). This disconnects DIS from TOS because if either

    1a) we resort to the lazy excuse that "mutiny" gets a new meaning in just a few years or
    1b) we posit that all statements from DIS are wrong and must be disregarded

    we don't need to argue about this or any other (spoken) facts of the series that are inconsistent.
    2) We presuppose that DIS is fully canon and perfectly in line with TOS, of course including the meaning of "mutiny". We accept that it's only a show, and that the definition of a legal term may change in the course of 250 years. This makes TOS Spock a liar, technically speaking.

  • 12 Nov 2019

    The "narrow definition" is based on the US and UK (on which the US ones were based) military legal codes which Starfleet's are undoubtedly based given on screen evidence throughout the various series. A mutiny requires conspiracy, and there was none with Burnham at the Binary Stars, there was no mutiny in the military-legal sense.

    However that's not to say that Burnham didn't mutiny (she did), or wasn't a mutineer (she did mutiny). She was convicted of mutiny. None of which require an actual mutiny in the legal sense to have occurred.

    Now Burnham's escape with Spock would be a mutiny if charges had been brought because of the conspiracy with Georgiou in that instance.

  • 12 Nov 2019

    Something else, it didn't get an official name from CBS, but will have a name with the Eaglemoss model. If I'm reading this correctly.

  • 12 Nov 2019

    Thanks for the hint!

  • 12 Nov 2019

    There's a picture of the Tug from 'Brother' at the back of the booklet for the Beacon of Kahless. It's a Malachowski class with Hoover nacelles.


  • 12 Nov 2019

    I just counted it:
    * Burnham's conduct in "Battle at the Binary Stars" is called "mutiny" or she is called a "mutineer": 16 times
    * Burnham's escape (together with Spock) is called "another mutiny": 1 more time
    * 1 unrelated mention of the averted mutiny in "Will You Take My Hand?"

    By your narrow definition, all but one of the above mentions are wrong or inaccurate, even those spoken out by a judge or by someone else who should be careful with their choice of words. But even if the writers made an error with calling it a mutiny, isn't it a more reasonable assumption that what happened in "Battle at the Binary Stars" was indeed a mutiny by a 23rd century definition?

  • 12 Nov 2019

    And... fan Short Treks aka These are the Voyages...
    You are reviewing official Shorts... so... why not these?

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