A Star Trek Discovery video was shown at Comic-Con 2016 and if you saw it, you may have figured out when it takes place.
Comic-Con 2016 had done quite a bit to celebrate Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary. First, there was the world premiere of the movie Star Trek Beyond, which took place behind the convention center, at the Embarcadero Park South on IMAX’s first outdoor screen, along with a live orchestra (you can read my review of the event here.)
There was a panel which brought at least one actor from each of the Star Trek shows, including William Shatner.
And then there was the panel to promote Star Trek’s newest foray into the small screen, Star Trek Discovery. One of the questions about the series was when it would take place in the timeline. The first look video that was presented at the panel gave fans a pretty strong hint, if they were paying attention.
Trekkies know that the original series’ U.S.S. Enterprise had the registry number of NCC-1701. With the Star Trek Discovery presenting us with an NCC-1031 registry number, it’s a pretty strong indication that they’re going pre-TOS, possibly pre-Enterprise.
The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Why pre-Enterprise as well? If you take a look at the overall style of the Discovery, the hard edges and the “clunky”-ness of it seems to hint at something that is a little more dated. However, it’s probably safe to not rely on this video alone as it looks more like a rough cut than an actual official teaser trailer for the upcoming series.
Still, it makes us wonder what the crew’s uniforms will look like.