The newest offshoot of Star Trek might look different but those who are behind Star Trek: Discovery series are taking its devotion to franchise very canon seriously. So seriously, in fact, the writer's room includes a handful of Star Trek fans who are there primarily to make sure the prequel series doesn’t mess up established Star Trek history.
In an interview with CNET executive producer Alex Kurtzman said:
“You have got a roomful of people with very different and very devoted relationships to Star Trek in that writers’ room. And that carries on a pretty proud tradition of Trek being written by fans, You have to respect canon as it’s being written. You cannot say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no no, you can’t do that, they would kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together. You have to keep very meticulous track of who, what, where, when and why. And we have people in the writer’s room whose sole job is to say, ‘Nope, can’t do that!’”
Star Trek: Discovery takes place 10 years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, so there is a high chance of continuity mistakes that only the REAL knowledgeable fans would notice, but the series seems to be taking all the right precautions. Star Trek: Discovery will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions while sticking close to the same tones and source material as the original series.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24, 2017.