New ‘Star Trek’ Show Set In Early Days Of Klingon-Federation Peace, Embraces ‘American Crime Story’ Model

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Klingons and Federation officers share a tense meal in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.'
Klingons and Federation officers share a tense meal in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.' Paramount Pictures

Consulting producer and Star Trek director Nicholas Meyer previously said that Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was “ a real sort of taking off point or touchstone” for how new Star Trek showrunner Bryan Fuller is thinking about the show. Now Birth.Movies.Death has confirmation, with sources claiming that the new Star Trek show will be set after the events of Star Trek VI but before Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Undiscovered Country ends with the Enterprise crew ensuring the signing of the Khitomer Accords that finally bring peace between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets. It’s a monumental time for the Federation, the peace ending a brutal war and solidifying the Federation as the major power in the Alpha Quadrant.

70 years later Picard’s Enterprise traversed the galaxy in an entirely new political atmosphere, in which peace between Klingons and the Federation had reached such a high point that their militaries occasionally swapped officers and humans spoke before the Klingon High Council.

But it sounds like the new Star Trek will be set during a more tumultuous era, where the solidity of the peace treaty is still very much in question. According to Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death, this is in part because Fuller wants to keep Klingon baddies:

“One last rumble I heard, which I could not get second sourced at this time, so consider this a wild rumor: while the Khitomer Conference will have paved the way for Klingons and humans to find peace, Fuller has a plan as to how he can still feature villainous Klingons, something we haven't seen in decades!”

Could Klingon terrorists be the Maquis of the new Star Trek—a rebellious and war-like organization who no longer see themselves as bound by Klingon law? It seems like a natural solution.

Perhaps even more interesting than the reveal of the new Star Trek setting is its format. Not only will each season be heavily serialized, but a source of Faraci’s also says the show will be anthologized, adopting the season-by-season storytelling of American Crime Story or American Horror Story.

The future of Star Trek is looking bright, with the new show expected to premiere in Jan. of 2017.

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