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Star Trek:

Discovery Era (2017-Present)

In November 2015, CBS announced the first new Star Trek series since Enterprise concluded in 2005. Due to the agreement dividing Paramount from CBS, Paramount controlled Star Trek films while CBS controlled Star Trek television; Paramount had been successful with two Abrams movies in 2009 and 2013, but despite rumors, no new TV show had been mounted. Entitled Star Trek: Discovery, the new series would feature several firsts: the first to star a first officer, rather than a captain; the first to star an African-American woman; and the first to debut through a streaming service — specifically, to anchor the new CBS All Access. The show would be set roughly 10 years before the original series (making it the second prequel show, after Enterprise) and would be set in the original Star Trek universe, rather than Paramount’s Abrams timeline. The show might have debuted in 2016, but an agreement between Paramount and CBS prohibited it, because 2016 was Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and a new series might dilute the attention given to the movie Star Trek Beyond (which, ironically, was seen to have performed poorly anyway).

Debuting in September 2017, the series was successful, drawing many new subscribers to CBS All Access. Praise focused on the show’s fast pace, its action, and its performances. However, Star Trek fans objected to incongruities between the show and the established timeline, including a high level of technology not seen during the period in which the show was set, including a “spore drive” that allowed for instantaneous teleportation of ships, modernized designs that seemed a world beyond the original series, the insertion of a new adopted sister into Spock’s childhood story, a depiction of Vulcans as more fractured and hostile than even what Enterprise has portrayed, and deviations from past portrayals of Klingons. At the same time, several elements were included to please fans, including Harry Mudd, Sarek, and (in the first season’s conclusion) the Enterprise, then under the command of Captain Pike.

After the 15-episode first season, a 14-episode second season debuted in early 2019. It featured Pike as a central character and Spock as a recurring character. The second season’s plot concluded by sending Discovery into the far future, while also trying to address continuity errors, such as why Spock hadn’t mentioned his adopted sister. The show acknowledged that sending the ship into the far future would give them a clean slate to work without considering continuity, a (perhaps admirable) admission that they had struggled with this (basic for a prequel) issue.

A 13-episode third season is expected sometime in 2020. A Discovery spin-off show focusing on the Mirror Universe Georgiou has also been announced, but may have been delayed by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Another spin-off, focusing on Captain Pike and the Enterprise, was reportedly also approved.

The show’s first-season success led to CBS approving a number of new Star Trek shows with different settings, formats, and tones. CBS stated that its vision was for new Star Trek content to appear throughout each entire year across different shows. The first full-length series to follow discovery would be Star Trek: Picard, which continued the Next Generation era and which appeared between Discovery‘s second and third seasons.

Between Discovery‘s first and second season, CBS All Access ran a series of four shorts, entitled Short Treks, starring Discovery-related characters. A second season of six new shorts was offered between Discovery‘s second season and the 2020 premiere of Picard. While most of these short episodes occur during the Discovery era, or are related to those characters, other episodes are set during later eras (and are placed here on the appropriate pages).

The unaired pilot to the original series, “The Cage,” was set around 2254, shortly prior to Discovery, and is therefore included here.

Star Trek: Short Treks #9

“The Girl Who Made the Stars” -- 7 minutes

animated story (the worst since “Runaway”); her father tells a young Michael Burnham about an African girl who… defied a stupid elder, found an alien, unleashed the stars he gave her, somehow did this due to inner light, and became a queen and a warrior; although released on the same day as “Ephram and Dot” (episode 10), CBS All Access listed them in the order indicated here; definitely trying too hard; aired 12 Dec 2019
Star Trek: Short Treks #3

“The Brightest Star” -- 15 minutes

stars a young Saru (from Discovery), whose pre-warp people are eaten by the predatory Ba’ul; Saru manages to communicate off-planet and winds up rescued by Lt. Philippa Georgiou; “The Sound of Thunder” establishes that this occurred 18 years prior to it; a well-done tale; aired 6 Dec 2018
Star Trek: Short Treks #5

“Q&A” -- 14 minutes

while still an ensign, on Spock’s first day on the Enterprise, he gets stuck in a turbolift with Number One; establishes Una as Number One’s real name, though she prefers others not use it; very good episode; aired 5 Oct 2019
Star Trek #0

“The Cage” -- 63 minutes

occurs 13 years prior to “The Menagerie, Part I” (as mentioned there), or roughly 12 years prior to the original series

Discovery, Season 1 (2256-2257)

Star Trek: Discovery #1

“The Vulcan Hello”

first episode; explicitly said to take place on 11 May 2256; stardate: 1207.3; aired 24 Sept 2017

Star Trek: Discovery #2

“Battle at the Binary Stars”

stardate: 1207.3; in the conclusion, Philippa Georgiou is killed, before Michael Burnham is court-martialled and sentenced to prison; continues directly from the first episode (with which it debuted) and together constitutes a very strong movie-like debut to the series; aired 24 Sept 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #3

“Context is for Kings”

set six months after the previous episode (thus in November 2256), during which the main character has been in prison; features the Discovery, now commanded by the mysterious Captain Lorca; aired 1 Oct 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #4

“The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”

aired 8 Oct 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #5

“Choose Your Pain”

features Harry Mudd; aired 15 Oct 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #6

“Lethe”

aired 22 Oct 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #7

“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”

stardate: 2136.8; an excellent episode, featuring Harry Mudd invading the Discovery using time-loop technology; aired 29 Oct 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #8

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

stardate: 1308.9; aired 5 Nov 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #9

“Into the Forest I Go”

mid-season finale; ends with the Discovery transported into the Mirror Universe (although they don’t know this); aired 12 Nov 2017
Star Trek: Discovery #10

“Despite Yourself”

the crew battle the Terran Empire and discover that their Defiant was in this universe (as seen in the Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly”); aired 7 Jan 2018
Star Trek: Discovery #11

“The Wolf Inside”

ends with the appearance of Terran Emperor Philippa Georgiou; aired 14 Jan 2018
Star Trek: Discovery #12

“Vaulting Ambition”

ends with our universe’s Captain Lorca revealing that he was the Mirror Universe Lorca all along; aired 21 Jan 2018
Star Trek: Discovery #13

“What’s Past Is Prologue”

ends with the Discovery, along with the Mirror Universe Georgiou, back in the main universe, where the Klingons have all but conquered the Federation in the Discovery’s absence; the Discovery reappears nine months after it left, setting this sequence in the latter half of the year 2257 (and at least 15 months after the season began); stardate: 1834.2; aired 28 Jan 2018
Star Trek: Discovery #14

“The War Without, The War Within”

after the four-episode Mirror Universe story, begins to wrap up the main Klingon plot; aired 4 Feb 2018
Star Trek: Discovery #15

“Will You Take My Hand?”

first season finale; features the Klingon homeworld, Qo’noS; concludes with the Discovery meeting the Enterprise, under the command of Captain Pike; aired 11 Feb 2018

Discovery, Season 2 (2257-2258)

Star Trek: Discovery #16

“Brother” -- 60 minutes

second season debut; Pike commandeers the Discovery; continues directly from the previous episode; with the Enterprise still disabled, Pike remains on the Discovery, sharing command with Saru; despite the episode’s title, Spock only appears in flashback (suggesting the show was holding him back); Burnham briefly has a vision of an angel, setting into motion the season’s arc; stardate: 1025.19; aired 17 Jan 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #17

“New Eden”

stardate: 1027.32; Pike reveals that Spock has been institutionalized; the Discovery (twice) jumps again using the spore drive (despite the show prohibiting it), discovering a distant planet of humans transported there during World War III (in the 2020s); the planet’s inhabitants refer to an angel as having transported them, and a helmet-mounted camera from when they were transported briefly reveals the same angel-like being Burnham saw; Tilly learns that someone she’s been seeing aboard the ship is a dead former friend; aired 24 Jan 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #18

“Point of Light”

stardate: 1029.46; Tilly is still seeing her dead friend but learns it’s actually an alien; Amanda appears and reveals Spock saw the same angel during his childhood and called it the Red Angel; Spock is said to have murdered and fled the starbase where he was institutionalized; reconnects with the Klingons from season 1 and with the Mirror Georgiou, who reveals she’s working for Section 31; aired 31 Jan 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #19

“An Obol for Charon”

Number One (from the Enterprise) briefly appears (for the first time on Discovery); as the Discovery pursues Spock, it encounters a living sphere that gives Discovery its 100,000 years of memories; Saru thinks he’s dying, but recovers and learns his species’ belief about their dying phase is a lie; Tilly is again menaced by the alien, which seems to consume her before the conclusion; stardate: 1834.2512; aired 7 Feb 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #20

“Saints of Imperfection”

the Mirror Universe Georgiou visits the ship and Section 31 sends Tyler to the ship to act as a liaison with Section 31; the Tilly / alien plot concludes, with Hugh Culber being rescued from the network and returning to the ship; aired 14 Feb 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #21

“The Sound of Thunder”

continues existing threads, such as Saru losing his ganglia, Tilly studying the living sphere’s records, and the return of Hugh and Tyler; a very good episode, focusing on Saru returning to and liberating his planet; stardate: 1035.86; aired 21 Feb 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #22

“Light and Shadows”

begins with Discovery still over Saru’s planet (Kaminar); Burnham goes to Vulcan and finds a mad Spock (who appears here for the first time on the show); reveals Spock had a learning disability; the scenes between Amanda and Sarek are very good; the Discovery deals with a time rift; Burnham turns Spock in and then frees him, heading for Talos IV (of “The Cage”); aired 28 Feb 2019
Star Trek: Short Treks #1

“Runaway” -- 15 minutes

first episode; focuses on Sylvia Tilly, who discovers a really annoying alien on board (who’s a queen and a parody of misunderstanding intelligence and who says she was born with her planet, a very dumb idea) and helps her, despite regulations; can’t take place before episode 20 (episode 15, the season 1 finale, has Tilly made an ensign and given the Medal of Honor, visible in her quarters in this short; episode 15 leads directly into 16; the main cargo bay is occupied by an asteroid between 16 and 17; Tilly seems to be hallucinating her dead friend May (who turns out to be an alien, a bit close to this short episode’s plot) between 17 and 18; Tilly is still recovering from this in 19; Tilly is inside the network between 19 and 20; and 20 concludes the Tilly / May storyline), between episodes 23 and 26 (the crew are fugitives between episodes 23 and 24, Tilly is mourning Airium between 24 and 25, the Red Angel was just captured between 25 and 26), or after episode 27 (Discovery is preparing to self-destruct between 27 and 28, and the alien from this short returns in 28), leaving between 20 and 21, 21 and 22, between 22 and 23, and between 26 and 27 as the only placement options; between episodes 26 and 27 feels too close to the alien’s return in episode 28 (although Tilly does not appear in 27), between 20 and 21 would place this directly after the Tilly / May plot concludes (which feels wrong, given Tilly’s lack of comment about May, how much she had been featured lately, and how much episode 21 continues 20′s various plots), and between 21 and 22 would set this short over Kaminar (where it still is in episode 22), leaving between 22 and 23 the best option (which has the added bonus of placing this in the exact middle of the season); by far the weakest short of the four-episode season; aired 4 Oct 2018

Star Trek: Short Treks #4

“The Escape Artist” -- 15 minutes

stars Harry Mudd, who is selling android copies of himself to bounty hunters; set after “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”; one of the Mudd androids wears a blue jacket with gold epaulets similar to the one Mudd wears in the original series episode “I, Mudd”; an enjoyable short; first season finale; aired 3 Jan 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #23

“If Memory Serves”

Discovery is asked for follow up on the probe it sent into the time rift (in the previous episode); Hugh is still adjusting to being back and seems to break up; Spock and Burnham visit Talos IV; features Talosians and Vena (from “The Cage”); Airiam is revealed to be under foreign control; ends with Discovery defying orders and becoming fugitives; stardate: 1532.9; aired 7 Mar 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #24

“Project Daedalus”

Discovery goes to Section 31′s headquarters; Airiam is killed; aired 14 Mar 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #25

“The Red Angel”

begins with Airiam’s funeral; Discovery has been pardoned and its crew is no longer fugitives; Burnham learns she is the Red Angel, that it’s a time suit developed by Section 31, that her parents worked for Section 31, and that Leland is partly responsible for her parents’ deaths; Burnham and Spock reconcile; ends with the Red Angel captured and revealed to be Burnham’s mother; aired 21 Mar 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #26

“Perpetual Infinity”

Burnham reunited with her mother, who is pulled back to the future, 930 years after these events, by the end of the episode; the season’s villain comes into focus, as an AI known as Control kills and replaces Leland; aired 28 Mar 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #27

“Through the Valley of Shadows”

ends with Pike announcing that they’re going to self-destruct Discovery; stardate: 1048.66; aired 4 Apr 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #28

“Such Sweet Sorrow”

Discovery’s self-destruct fails, leading to a new plan to send Discovery into the future instead; stardate: 1050.8; aired 11 Apr 2019
Star Trek: Discovery #29

“Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2″ -- 64 minutes

second season finale; stardate: 1201.7; Enterprise and Discovery battle Control and its Section 31 ships before Discovery successfully travels to the 32nd century; briefly introduces the DOT-7 robots who repair the Enterprise (which were soon seen again in the short “Ephram and Dot”); ends with the spore drive being blamed for Discovery’s destruction and the Enterprise crew sworn to secrecy about the truth (Spock and his parents even promise never to speak of Michael Burnham with others again, an attempt to explain her absence from later stories); nicely follows the Enterprise crew, running four months after the main events (putting this portion in early 2258 at the earliest) and not showing the Discovery’s POV (which makes sense if the Discovery doesn’t return); feels like a back-door pilot for a Pike Enterprise series; aired 18 Apr 2019

Pike

Star Trek: Short Treks #6

“The Trouble with Edward”

briefly features Pike; science officer Edward Larkin (played by H. Jon Benjamin), of the Cabot, modifies tribbles so they reproduce rapidly; the only episode of the series (through the second season) with a stardate (although stardates are mostly meaningless in Discovery); also features, after the end credits, a fake ad for tribbles as breakfast cereal; pretty funny and clever; stardate: 1421.9; aired 10 Oct 2019
Star Trek: Short Treks #7

“Ask Not”

Captain Pike tests cadet Thira Sidhu; aired 14 Nov 2019

Discovery, Season 3

Star Trek: Discovery #30
third season debut
Star Trek: Discovery #31
Star Trek: Discovery #32
Star Trek: Discovery #33
Star Trek: Discovery #34
Star Trek: Discovery #35
Star Trek: Discovery #36
Star Trek: Discovery #37
Star Trek: Discovery #38
Star Trek: Discovery #39
Star Trek: Discovery #40
Star Trek: Discovery #41
Star Trek: Discovery #42
third season finale
Star Trek: Short Treks #2

“Calypso” -- 18 minutes

set in the far future, almost 1000 years after Discovery was abandoned and told to maintain its position; a man in an escape pod is rescued by Discovery, the computer of which has evolved into an intelligence named Zora; an enjoyable story; aired 8 Nov 2018