How Discovery’s Cliffhanger Fits into the Trek Timeline

Posted by Payton Wilmott On Monday, February 12, 2018 0 comments

This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery. It will also have a lot of dates extrapolated from conjecture and from Star Trek ancillary publications. We Trekkies love this stuff.

After 15 episodes, a lot of angst, a good deal of death and violence, some genetic manipulation, and a visit to a parallel universe, Star Trek: Discovery has closed out its first season. And while the season's final episode wasn't the first part of a two-part cliffhanger (a long-running Star Trek tradition), it did end with a final and unexpected surprise. As the USS Discovery is heading to Vulcan to pick up its new captain, they are approached by another Starfleet vessel which has issued a distress signal. The makers of the show probably took a great deal of delight in tantalizing the audience with their dramatic reveal; there’s a brief, incomplete close-up of the incoming ship's call letters: NCC-17_ _.

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