Mission of Star Trek Discovery

Mission of the U.S.S. Discovery

What Star Trek Discovery is About – the Mission of the U.S.S. Discovery

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I think it goes without saying that a starship named “Discovery” likely has a mission of exploration.  “Discovery” and adventure are right in the name of the ship.  Just like the Enterprise in previous Star Trek television shows, the USS Discovery’s mission is guaranteed to bring new villains, new heroes, and new worlds.  It’s likely to be a scientific mission, not one of war, though there’s likely to be plenty of action.

USS Discovery, NCC-1031
Concept design for the USS Discovery, Registry Number NCC 1031

Update (Jan 18, 2017): News that Sarek, Spock’s father, will have a role in Star Trek Discovery.  This means it’s likely that the Vulcans will be a plot point in some form throughout the series.  It’s unclear if Sarek will be in his role as Ambassador to the United Federation of Planets at this point in history.

Update (Dec 15, 2016): Given the recent casting announcement of three Klingons, it’s looking more likely that species will play a major role.  Add to that Nicholas Meyer, who directed Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, is a key writer for Star Trek Discovery.  That movie focused around the Federation and the Klingon Empire reaching a peace agreement.  The USS Discovery is likely involved in the early attempts at bridging the divide between the two galactic powers.

  • vv_trek12

    I would like for the show to take place after DS9 and Voyager and have the crew out there exploring new worlds post-prime tv timelines. Then we can see all the new worlds and the new technologies and some new enemies too. Klingons, Borg, Cardassians, Dominion – all got old so we need something new.

    • cassius

      I’d also like to see the series in after Star Trek Nemesis as that movie hinted at possible improved relationships between the Federation and the Romulan Empire.

      • BBBB8

        No way! Bring back Kirk’s time and style. TOS may seem hokey now but Discovery can be done with a tip of the hat at TOS’s campy feel.

  • BillM

    Okay, let me get this straight. It is going to take place around ten years prior to Kirk’s original five year mission, during the Klingon wars. That would put it at, I don’t know……….. The Battle of Axanar?

    • Cassius

      Yup. Though Bryan Fuller has explicitly stated that the new series isn’t about the Axanar. It’s possible that he’s misdirecting everyone, but at this point I find that unlikely.