It turns out CBS' "Star Trek Discovery" will NOT be set subsequent to Kathryn Janeway's adventures in the Delta Quadrant.
In fact, "Star Trek Discovery" will be set before Kirk and Spock's adventures in the Alpha Quadrant.
“There’s a big clue in the number of the ship [NCC-1031] that indicates when we’re set,” “Star Trek Discovery” showrunner Bryan Fuller just told me over Monday-afternoon coffee in the Beverly Hilton’s Circa 55 poolside restaurant.
Given that the Kirk-Spock Enterprise has a higher registry number of NCC-1701, I’ll declare now that CBS’ new “Star Trek Discovery” adventures are set before Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty started hanging out together on the Enterprise.
I also asked Fuller about Starfleet’s super-secret black ops operation Section 31 (the one depicted in “Deep Space Nine,” “Enterprise” and “Into Darkness”). Is it a coincidence that the Discovery has that “31” at the end of its registry number?
“There are aspects of our first season that, depending on how well versed you are in that mythology, you could either read into it a connection," said Fuller, "or not."
Keep your eyes glued to the Internet on Aug. 10; Fuller says he’s going to “spoiler it up” during the “Star Trek” panel on that penultimate day here at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
And tune into my "Nerd World Report" radio show this Saturday to hear more of my intereview with Fuller.
"Star Trek Discovery" hits the CBS All-Access streaming service in January.