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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


Recent EAS Updates
  • 16 Feb 2020
    We continue our article series with Observations in PIC: "Maps and Legends". The next two articles are already being prepared.
  • 14 Feb 2020
    Updated Poll: Rate the fourth episode of the series, PIC: "Absolute Candor".
  • 14 Feb 2020
    Picard reunites with a friend, fights against a classic ship and beams aboard someone we know very well. Read my review of the latest episode, PIC: "Absolute Candor".
  • 08 Feb 2020
    After working several days and nights, Jörg and I have completed a huge new article with as many as 250 images: Observations in PIC: "Remembrance". We may take on the whole series in future articles. Note that I will wait for the end of the first season until I update any other section of this site with new information from PIC, and that this process will require several months.
  • 07 Feb 2020
    Updated Poll: Rate the latest episode, PIC: "The End is the Beginning".
  • 07 Feb 2020
    Picard finally heads out into space. Here is my review of the third episode, PIC: "The End is the Beginning".
  • 31 Jan 2020
    New Poll: Rate the latest episode, PIC: "Maps and Legends".
  • 31 Jan 2020
    I have reviewed the second episode, PIC: "Maps and Legends".
  • 25 Jan 2020
    New Poll: Rate the Star Trek: Picard series premiere, "Remembrance".
  • 24 Jan 2020
    Star Trek: Picard has finally arrived in Europe. Here is my review of the first episode, "Remembrance". Note that it will take a couple of weeks until I have the time to tend to Picard-related updates to articles, although I expect they won't need the "Reboot" caveat.
Latest Comments on EAS Articles (Overview)
  • 17 Feb 2020

    Oh, just wait for the next article about our dear, absolutely positively Vulcan friend. >:->

  • 17 Feb 2020

    I regret his choice. :-)

  • 17 Feb 2020

    That feels very plausible based on what we know... it would also just feel very uncreative, given that we already saw this concept prominently used with Icheb in Voyager. So while this makes a lot of sense... I also hope there's more to it, because that explanation would not deserve the degree of mystery they're playing this up with.

  • 17 Feb 2020

    It makes sense for a 100%, unquestioned Vulcan like Commodore Oh to appear 100% Vulcan in paraphernalia; I don't know what you're trying to imply here... :-)

  • 17 Feb 2020

    "I'm sure there's someone out there who would be angry that he succeeded for any length of time BEFORE failing, too... :-)"

    Essentially this is the former Senator that chose to die.

  • 17 Feb 2020

    Being a 'pedantic nerd' is a essential element of being a Star Trek fan, at least from my perspective. But of course, there are more important things. It is just a TV show (well, not JUST a TV show but I get the point). But a major point of this site, at least from I can tell, is an awareness and analysis of this continuity, or lack there of, in Star Trek. A large part of the appreciation I have of Star Trek is the engineering, the designs, from the ships to uniforms and everything else. Saying Discovery is 'just a visual reboot' is a non sequitur to me. It is like doing a 18th period drama with modern vehicles and clothing, it just makes no sense.
    And the Discovery Enterprise, while much less bad than the Kelvin Enterprise, it still looks...not right. It's kludgy and looks squished. It is changed from TOS but not really improved. The change seems pointless, unless there is some external, real world reason to make a change.
    But I guess that is Kurt2man'5 perogative.

  • 16 Feb 2020

    Hi Bernd, I've been a fan of this site for years and years, I love it.

    I just thought of something and I'm wondering if it ever came to your attention before?

    During the scene in First Contact on earth when we first see Cochrane and the Borg are about to attack, Lily asks him "What's that?" And points to the sky. He then drunkenly replies "That my dear, is the constellation Leo."

    Perhaps this is a little in joke? As Wolf 359 lays in the constellation Leo and it's the Borg they see? Lol iunno just a thought and something I've never noticed until today.

  • 16 Feb 2020

    Yeah, that is a bit tiresome. The Romulans hate Picard for not doing enough, Starfleet hates him for demanding to do more, Raffi and Elnor hate him for letting them down, Picard hates himself for all the aforementioned reasons. I hope they will get over it in the next couple of episodes.

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