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New Star Trek TV series may take place before Star Trek: The Next Generation

04.13.2016

Including the upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND, there have been thirteen feature-films set in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe so far, and while I consider some of those films to be fairly decent, and even great, Star Trek definitely feels more at home on the small-screen. After over a decade away, Star Trek will be returning to television next year with a brand-new series on CBS All-Access. As the new series is still in the development stage we don't know all that much about it, but a new rumour from Birth.Movies.Death may shed some light on what point in history this new series will take place in.

First off, the show apparently won't be set in J.J. Abrams reboot universe, but rather in the original continuity that all the previous Star Trek series called home. Secondly, the show won't exactly be a prequel or a sequel to the pre-existing continuity, but will take place right in the middle as it is said to be set some time after STAR TREK: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY but before Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's an era that hasn't been explored all that much in any of the films or TV series, but I know many Star Trek fans were hoping that the new show would be set post-STAR TREK: NEMESIS. However, there's still hope for that as Birth.Movies.Death has also heard that the the upcoming series could be a seasonal anthology, which means that after the first season, we could be in for season-long arcs taking place throughout Star Trek history.

As a life-long Star Trek fan I'm thrilled to have a new Star Trek series to look forward to, and with talents like Bryan Fuller and Nicholas Meyer taking the helm behind-the-scenes, I'm excited to see what they have to offer. Sound off fellow Trekkies, what do you think of this latest Star Trek rumour? Does the pre-TNG time frame/anthology series aspect sound promising?

STAR TREK BEYOND is due to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.

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7:09PM on 04/14/2016
This is disappionting. After the lackluster Enterprise, I'm just not interested in any kind of prequel material. And after the tiresome Abrahms films, I'm not interested in any reboot either.

The only thing I'm interested in is a 3rd generation, 100 years or so after the TNG films. Nothing else interests me with regards to Star Trek.
This is disappionting. After the lackluster Enterprise, I'm just not interested in any kind of prequel material. And after the tiresome Abrahms films, I'm not interested in any reboot either.

The only thing I'm interested in is a 3rd generation, 100 years or so after the TNG films. Nothing else interests me with regards to Star Trek.
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8:43AM on 04/14/2016
I guess the biggest issue with setting it between original series movies and TNG is you're limited in terms of ship design, technology and potential enemies that can be encountered - that's not really a deal-breaker, but it is an issue. The later original series films had new Starfleet craft that were getting toward the TNG Enterprise design, and whereas there's always been a variety of ship styles in the Trek canon, it limits what can be done, even moreso with shuttle craft that didn't develop
I guess the biggest issue with setting it between original series movies and TNG is you're limited in terms of ship design, technology and potential enemies that can be encountered - that's not really a deal-breaker, but it is an issue. The later original series films had new Starfleet craft that were getting toward the TNG Enterprise design, and whereas there's always been a variety of ship styles in the Trek canon, it limits what can be done, even moreso with shuttle craft that didn't develop their looks a great deal until the Voyager series. They're basically saying "No Borg" with this timeline too (though they could possibly show the species' origins somehow). Also if it's set pre TNG, will male security staff be wearing mini-dresses like in the early TNG episodes? They'd probably have fewer problems and limitations doing something after TNG, but it's not like there's nothing to explore in the time period between the franchises.
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2:49AM on 04/14/2016
So Rachel Garrett and Lieutenant Castillo?
So Rachel Garrett and Lieutenant Castillo?
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3:24PM on 04/14/2016
That I'd like to see, the battle of Narendra III.
That I'd like to see, the battle of Narendra III.
1:10AM on 04/14/2016

Well, On The Flipside...

There is so much richness in the Star Trek Universe, why so much hate for something set before TNG? I know that George Takei pushed for years to get a series featuring the U. S. S. Excelsior approved, but got nowhere (I think it would've been wonderful myself).
I would hate to think that the only heroics going on were by Cpts. Kirk or Piccard.
There is so much richness in the Star Trek Universe, why so much hate for something set before TNG? I know that George Takei pushed for years to get a series featuring the U. S. S. Excelsior approved, but got nowhere (I think it would've been wonderful myself).
I would hate to think that the only heroics going on were by Cpts. Kirk or Piccard.
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12:49AM on 04/14/2016

horrible

They must have this set after the TNG prime universe... anything else is just hackey, and uninspired.
They better have two concurrent series... with one in the prime universe post TNG like everyone wants.
They must have this set after the TNG prime universe... anything else is just hackey, and uninspired.
They better have two concurrent series... with one in the prime universe post TNG like everyone wants.
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12:36AM on 04/14/2016
Why are they so fucking allergic to setting something after TNG? Can't we continue pushing the universe forward instead of constantly rehashing the past? "Where no one has gone before" should apply to the writers, too.
Why are they so fucking allergic to setting something after TNG? Can't we continue pushing the universe forward instead of constantly rehashing the past? "Where no one has gone before" should apply to the writers, too.
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11:19PM on 04/13/2016

Love Trek but

We really have to pay for CBS All Access to see this? Paying extra for everything. $150 Directv? Gotta draw the line somewhere before theres a individual charge for each and everything we watch on tv which they will if we keep accepting everything they throw at us. Live shortly and do not prosper CBS All Access.
We really have to pay for CBS All Access to see this? Paying extra for everything. $150 Directv? Gotta draw the line somewhere before theres a individual charge for each and everything we watch on tv which they will if we keep accepting everything they throw at us. Live shortly and do not prosper CBS All Access.
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11:13PM on 04/13/2016
That period of Trek was a great source of stories in the book line. Not much has been shown, aside from glimpses of the Enterprise B and C. The idea of an anthology series makes me pretty excited. There are so many stories out there, much like the Star Wars Universe, and the idea of 10 episodes telling a story, then moving to another era sounds cool.
That period of Trek was a great source of stories in the book line. Not much has been shown, aside from glimpses of the Enterprise B and C. The idea of an anthology series makes me pretty excited. There are so many stories out there, much like the Star Wars Universe, and the idea of 10 episodes telling a story, then moving to another era sounds cool.
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10:51PM on 04/13/2016

No love for TNG.... Why?

surprise me the lack of love for the TNG.
surprise me the lack of love for the TNG.
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11:21AM on 04/14/2016
If you love TNG then you have to let it go
If you love TNG then you have to let it go
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