Discovery’ Easter egg teases a wild ‘TNG’ time-travel twist
In Star Trek: Discovery, old Star Trek apps are suddenly collected all over the place.
In the first half of the third season, Burnham tried to sell his 23rd-century tricorder as the oldest. In Episode 6, “Scavengers,” another old Starfleet item appears briefly, linking the year 3188 to 2300s of The Next Generation. The Easter egg seems to represent a much larger plot. For now, we think Saru, Tilly, Georgiou, and the entire DISCO team are still new to the 32th Century, but what if someone – who is not Burnham – has more information about the 24th and 25th centuries?
An Easter egg with a TNG timing phaser can point to a secret hideout.
Spoilers in front of Star Trek: Find Season 3 to Part 6, “Scavengers.”
The “Scavengers” are mainly Burnham and Georgiou who are trying to save the Book from a coercive world run by a strange, invisible man known as the “Syrian.” To achieve this, Georgiou pretends to be a customer who wants to buy different parts of the star. As part of this, Georgiou tells Orion lackey that he wants commercials that are “pre-2400s,” meaning TNG, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Picard’s era. On another occasion, Orion shows him the TNG Starfleet phaser, indicating that he owns some merchandise from the “pre-2400s.”
“Please. Half of those shares didn’t even exist then.”
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This guy doesn’t know anything about phasers. Or does he? CBS
It’s half-right. The modern Starfleet phaser of the TNG era is pre-2400s, but only slightly. If this man tried to show him something in the 23rd century, he would fail. We first saw this type of writing, with its variants in TNG Season 3, which is 2366. By 2373, a similar style with multiple twists was introduced at Star Trek: First Contact. By the time of Picard’s time, it seems that the phaser-type form was no longer in use.
But here’s the thing: How did Georgiou realize that Orion’s foot was kept in the first place? How did they end up dating just by looking? Whether the Mirror Universe or the Prime Universe, Georgiou’s technical knowledge is based on 23th Century technology. So, if he recognized the 24th Century, what does it mean? There are only two answers.
1. Georgiou was a robber – Since Georgiou was acting as if he knew what was going on – but he didn’t – it is fair to say that he did not realize this. In theory, this means that he was wrong. Phaser is pre-2400s, but not much. So he had a chance to fool Orion. The description also applies, but it is not as interesting as the second meaning.
What does Georgiou know about 20th-century technology?
2. Georgiou travels to the 24th Century— If Georgiou were not a fraud, and he recognized the 24th Century’s expertise, this shows that he had some knowledge of time travel before this incident. We do not know exactly how long it took between Phase 5 and Phase 6 – Saru says Discovery’s seizure took three weeks – but it is possible that Georgiou was mixed with some kind of opinion about David Cronenberg’s secret. In this episode, Georgiou shows the pain that seems to complement his experience in the Mirror Universe before the first season 1.
What if there is more to his old court than we know? In Phase 2, Georgiou was working Phase 31 for a long time to get into Klingon Homeworld. Section 31 had the opportunity to apply the technology of his travels in his time, all the basics of Season 2 were deep to resume the technology of that time.
But it is a difficult thing to move with time. If Georgiou had passed the time before he passed the worm that took his co-workers in the 32th Century, then he could have done it anytime from the end of season 1 to the end of Season 2. We were told that 3188 is his “second creation” and “third time,” but what seems to be possible now is that the amount of time and units he encountered may be even greater.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 is now airing on CBS All Access.