I have a theory about this show. It's far fetched, but could explain some things. If right, it involves a huge twist so you may not want to read this: Spoiler Is it possible everything we've seen thus far is an "evil" mirror universe? Jonathan Frakes said himself there was going to be mirror verse episodes, but he didn't specify how they would be implemented. There's been INTENTIONAL violations of canon so far. For example, in the last episode there was a Gorn skeleton in Lorca's room. We know the Gorn was unknown to the Federation at this time. The writers know this. So why would they violate canon like that? (Unless it's a S31 secret?) The people working on the show have said the apparent discrepancies this show has with canon would be explained. What's the only thing that could explain the differences within the framework of known Trek? An alternate timeline or mirror universe IMO. Maybe that's why we've never heard of Spock's half sister? Because he doesn't have one? Michelle Yeoh is apparently still filming episodes. Why? Notice how the show is intentionally making characters a-holes and it has a darker feel / look. These are trademarks of the mirror universe. It's been said that as the show goes on the uniforms and everything will start to look like what we saw in "The Cage." Is it possible that at some point down the line there's going to be a twist in which we find out everything we've been watching is from the mirror verse and it will switch back to the regular verse? What do you guys think? Is it possible? Has someone posted this theory already?