This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Latest 'Star Trek: Discovery' Twist Might Fix All the Continuity Problems

Wow. Multi-dimension hopping is a bitch! The final scene of the latest Star Trek: Discovery packs a whopping twist, but, the implications point toward one possible outcome: the crew is going to have to travel back in time to reset possibly everything they’ve done thus far. Which, might end up reconciling any divergent continuity of the show from the rest of Star Trek.

Spoilers ahead for Star Trek: Discovery episode 13, “What’s Past is Prologue.” Also, wild speculation for the rest of the reason follows, too. As of this writing, the author has only seen up to Episode 13.

In the final scene of the latest episode, the USS Discovery successfully makes it back to our own “regular” universe, leaving the evil Mirror Universe behind, seemingly, forever. But, Stamets says they “overshot by nine months.” This means, Discovery has been away from Starfleet and its war with the Klingons for awhile. Communications Officer Bryce can’t even get an automated signal from the Federation, leading Saru to the conclusion that the Klingons have totally won the war, and that the Federation basically don’t exist anymore. But, this is an old Star Trek trick. And, the only way out is usually to travel back in time and fix whatever caused all of this to happen in the first place.

Presumably, the big problem here is that the Discovery was on its way to deliver a cloaking-device-cracking algorithm to Starfleet before being zapped into the Mirror Universe. Because Discovery never gave Starfleet this hack, the Klingons were probably able to use their cloaking devices to blow shit up without anyone knowing where they where. The problem with this, of course, is that in the original Star Trek — which is supposed to happen after the events of Discovery — the Klingons cloaking technology wasn’t that good. In fact, in old canon, the Klingons cloaking tech really doesn’t get good again until they form an alliance with the Romulans. So, what does all this mean?

We never hear about the Spore Drive in the rest of 'Star Trek.' But why?

Well, it could mean Discovery is about to pull a giant retcon on its own continuity, which would allow it all to match up with the old canon. Because, if Discovery’s cloak-breaking algorithm works, then it’s feasible that would put the Klingons in a spot of basically not having cloaking devices, which would work with the original series. And, the only way for Discovery to get that information to Starfleet, and save the entire future, would be to travel back in time.

Article continues below

Your twice weekly guide through an endless stream of things to watch, see and play.
Sign up for our newsletter:

Sure, the trailer for next week’s episode shows Mirror Georgiou helping Admiral Cornwell to develop new tactics against the Klingons, but is that really going to work? And even if it does, it feels like it messes up Trek canon. The trailer for the next episode also shows Burnham talking to L’Rell about how to end the war, and the implication is there’s no way out. So, again, maybe time travel can fix it?

But, assuming they do travel back in time (which doesn’t have to be the only option) how far back will they go? It’s possible, however unlikely, that they could jump all the way back to the Battle of the Binary Stars, and maybe Michael Burnham could prevent herself from killing the Klingon Torchbearer in the first place. The only problem with that of course, is something like that would create a cascade effect where Discovery would never exist at all, and all the people on it wouldn’t know each other. And if that happens, Star Trek historically presents two options, weirdly from the same episode.

Tasha Yar, getting ready to go back in time AND cross dimensions in 'Yesterday's Enterprise."

The first outcome of Burnham and everyone changing a major event in the past is this: everything would transform around them, and the timeline would be “restored.” No one would have any memory of anything bad ever having happened. This is kind of what happens in The Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” when an entire warlike future is avoided just by sending one ship back through a time portal.

But, the weird thing about that is, this episode also established a second outcome: that people from canceled or reset timelines can still exist if they are the ones who did the time travel reset. In “Yesterday’s Future,” a Tasha Yar from an alternate future ended up living in the reset timeline’s “regular” past.

So, here’s a big theory: if the starship Discovery does travel back in time and prevent the Klingon war from happening in the first place, then where does that leave them? Will the department of temporal investigations just make them all sign NDAs? Or, will they be like Tasha Yar from “Yesterday’s Enterprise”? No one in Kirk’s 23rd Century knew about the Mirror Universe, nor had anyone heard of Spore Drive technology. So, if Discovery does survive, and everyone on the crew remembers what they did, where do they go next?

There are only two episodes left in Star Trek: Discovery’s first season. They will air over the next two Sundays at 8:30 pm eastern time on CBS All-Access. The season finale will air on February 11, 2018 and is titled “Will You Take My Hand?”

Media via CBS

'Avengers: Endgame' Theory Claims Collecting Infinity Stones Is Unnecessary

Avengers: Endgame theories have been focused on which Infinity Stones might be needed to defeat Thanos, but what if the answer is none of them? An intriguing new theory offers a clever alternative, and injects a time travel subplot into Avengers: Infinity War at the same time.

Redditor u/webdevnoobs1 recently broke down the theory, which hinges on the idea that the Avengers could travel back in time and drain the Infinity Stones of their power without actually taking the stones themselves.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, Plot, and More

The superheroes of The Umbrella Academy have work to do to save the world.

A new group of superheroes just arrived on Netflix in The Umbrella Academy, and maybe you decided to use the holiday weekend to binge all 10 episodes of Season 1. If you did, you’re probably wondering when you’ll get to see Umbrella Academy Season 2 and the resolution to that insane cliffhanger.

Kylo Ren’s New Helmet in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Might Be a Secret Twist

Everyone assumes Kylo will don his old helmet again, but there could be something much more interesting happening.

Helmets are a big deal in Star Wars. They surround the heads of popular characters, penetrate our psyches, and bind the merchandising galaxy of Lucasfilm together. In some ways, the entire popularity of Star Wars is connected to sweet-looking helmets. Which is why the rumored return of Kylo Ren’s old helmet in Star Wars: Episode IX is such a big deal. In The Force Awakens, Kylo rocked a Darth Vader knock-off helmet, but after getting teased about it by Snoke in The Last Jedi, he broke the thing into little pieces. Now, in leaked photos, it looks like Kylo’s helmet is back for Episode IX, but what if there’s a twist here? What if the helmet is back, but Kylo Ren isn’t wearing it?

Adam Warlock in 'Avengers: Endgame'? Here's What One Marvel Director Said

Speculation that Adam Warlock could appear in Avengers: Endgame cropped up this week, but this isn’t the first we’ve heard of Marvel’s plans for a movie version of the comic book character. Eight hundred years ago Last year, former Guardians of the Galaxy series director James Gunn teased what Adam Warlock’s role would look like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to his forced exit from the franchise, Gunn had a plan for the cosmic superhero that went beyond Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.