In a conversation recently with Ain’t It Cool News, Star Trek: Discovery Co-Creator and Showrunner Bryan Fuller intimated a cryptic message in reference to his brand new upcoming series, set in the original Star Trek Universe. “There’s a big clue in the number of the ship [NCC-1031] that indicates when we’re set,” Fuller said.
Speculation has run rampant regarding the era in which the new series would be set, especially since the reveal of the show’s recent teaser trailer at San Diego Comic-Con last month. The overwhelming majority of fans had expressed hope that Star Trek: Discovery would follow the events of the Star Trek: Voyager series and the return of Captain Janeway and her crew from the Delta Quadrant. Effectively, progressing the timeline beyond the events of that beloved series. It seemed like the logical assumption.
However, in light of the information revealed above, that simply may not be the case. AICN concludes that the information he alluded to, referencing the ship’s registry number, would historically mean that the series will take place before the events of The Original Series. The registry number (NCC-1031) is lower than that of the TOS Enterprise (NCC-1701).
At this point, this is all speculation and conjecture. But keep your antennae at the ready as Fuller further revealed he’ll “spoiler it up” during the “Star Trek” panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on August 10th.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All-Access in January, 2017.