Taking The Discovery To The Future Is The Best Solution
While fans can quibble about the details and execution of Star Trek: Discovery season 2, by the conclusion of the two-part finale "Such Sweet Sorrow", Star Trek: Discovery daringly leaped ahead into the distant future - which they promise to be a one-way trip. Whether or not the U.S.S. Discovery and her crew remain in the 32nd century permanently isn't clear, but this was the cleanest solution to the canon issues that dogged the series, and it opens up unlimited possibilities going forward.
After Michael Burnham and the Discovery vanished into the time vortex, Captain Pike, Spock, Number One, and Ash Tyler closed the book on their missing friends and their starship. By offering up a cover story that everyone died when the Discovery exploded and that the events surrounding the controversial starship be redacted from Starfleet history, it handily explains why Michael and her crew are never mentioned for the rest of the 23rd or in the 24th century. It makes the U.S.S. Discovery a myth, a whisper only those in the know ever speak of, but more so, it waves away all of the canon complaints in one fell swoop. But the Discovery's time jump also means much more than the series apparently repeating Star Trek: Voyager's premise, only in the future instead of being lost in the Delta Quadrant.
Discovery Giving Star Trek Back Its Future Saves The Franchise
By jumping the Discovery from 2257 to 3187 , Star Trek: Discovery gives Star Trek back its future at long last. After almost two decades of Star Trek movies and TV consisting entirely of prequels, Star Trek is finally looking ahead once again - with Star Trek: Discovery leading the way as CBS All-Access' flagship series. Hopefully, this will mark the end of the "prequel era" of Star Trek, especially since the Jean-Luc Picard show premiering later in 2019 is set in the 24th century, decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. It's not known when the planned Section 31 spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Georgiou takes place, or if it will also include Ash Tyler, who was left behind in 2257, but the course of Star Trek has finally been reset to move forward.
The time jump also allows Star Trek: Discovery to fulfill Star Trek's original mandate and the series' own title of exploration and discovery. The future is an open book and fans can look forward to finding out whether Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets still exists, what became of the alien races like the Vulcans, the Cardassians, the Ferengi, the Kelpiens, and even the Borg, as well as meet new alien races. In addition, Star Trek: Discovery's advanced tech is no longer an issue; in fact, the series is now free to innovate, since it's unshackled from "they shouldn't have that because it breaks canon!" complaints. The crew of the Discovery has 100,000 years worth of sphere data and access to 32nd-century science to dream up more advanced technology and weapons that can, in turn, inspire real-world devices, just as The Original Series' communicators and tricorders inspired today's' smartphones.
Michael, Pike, and Spock quoted Hamlet to each other in Star Trek: Discovery season 2 and there were Easter eggs to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as well. Both were significant: the title of the final The Original Series film is lifted from Hamlet's "to be or not to be" speech, and in the film, the 'undiscovered country' refers to the unknown future - which is not something to be feared but to be faced head-on. Now, Star Trek: Discovery is excitingly about to fulfill the promise of journeying to the undiscovered country. In Star Trek: Discovery season 3, the series has truly arrived at the final frontier with the potential to dazzle fans with the unimaginable and boldly go where no one has gone before.
Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on CBS All-Access and internationally on Netflix.