Here’s why we think Star Trek: Discovery could be considered a reboot.
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Star Trek has gone through several different iterations, some of these versions of Trek could be considered reboots if you wanted to look at them that way. We think an argument could be made that there are six different eras of Trek, all of which could stand alone.
The common Hollywood definition of a reboot means creating a whole new universe retelling the same stories again. By this is the definition Star Trek: Discovery isn’t a reboot, but just another Trek series. If you go by this strict interpretation there is only one reboot, and that’s the new Kelvin timeline… but then again, because the Kelvin timeline has been tied into the Prime timeline it may not be able to be considered a reboot.
On the other hand Merriam-Webster defines a reboot as “to shut down and restart, to make anew, to make a fresh start.” By this definition Star Trek has by our count had five reboots and six versions:
Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II through Star Trek VI
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond
All of these eras of Trek are defined by a unique style and the type of television or film that was being created at that time. This is another reason we just aren’t that worried if Star Trek: Discovery doesn’t fit into the Trek canon perfectly. Trek is all about change, as it’s done a lot of changing over the years.
Star Trek: Discovery isn’t being called a reboot by CBS, but this may just be because calling something a reboot has fallen out of fashion. People certianly have a bit of reboot fatigue. So is Discovery a reboot? We don’t think it matters, as long as it’s Star Trek.
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