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With Discovery, Star Trek Is Finally Moving Forward

Added 01-15-21 12:06:03pm EST - “The show's third season jumps forward 1,000 years into the future. It helped the show not stay mired in old ideas.” - Wired.com

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In Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham and the rest of the Discovery crew have been transported into the far future of the Star Trek universe. Science fiction author Anthony Ha was intrigued by the new setting.

“Overall I thought they did a great job of setting up some really compelling mysteries around this idea called The Burn,” Ha says in Episode 449 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “The Federation has fallen apart, warp speed still exists but it’s much more difficult than it used to be, and there are all these civilizations that we recognize from previous Star Trek series, but now they are 1,000 years on from where we’ve seen in the other series.”

After years of prequels and reboots such as Enterprise and Star Trek (2009), Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley is happy to see Star Trek finally moving into the future with shows like Discovery and Picard. “When they first announced this show Discovery and said it was going to take place before the original series, I was like, ‘Do we really need to see this?'” he says. “So I was really excited by the prospect that they’re jumping a thousand years ahead into the future and we’re going to see something new.”

Fantasy author Christopher M. Cevasco worried that a 1,000-year jump might make Discovery too different from previous series, but was glad to see that Season 3 still features plenty of familiar elements. “While I think that they have done a fantastic job forging a new path forward, in terms of the ideas that they’re presenting, I do think that they did a perfectly fine job as well with fan service,” he says. “I also think they’ve done a great job of remaining true to some of the original intents of the show, which are to tackle social and political issues of the day.”

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