Today’s news of a new Star Trek TV show hit the world like a phaser set to stun. CBS is creating a brand new Trek show for January 2017—but what does this mean?

The Star Trek universe is so big and has been seen in so many different ways, the possibilities are almost endless. All we know officially is the new show 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.”


But introducing new characters doesn’t mean that old characters can’t show up. And the fact the news said this show was “not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond” that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be set in the same alternate universe that J.J. Abrams created.

So, we figured that begged the question, what era (and universe) should the new Star Trek TV show be set in?

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