Canon: How many times is enough? I'm putting this in General even though it is the imminent release of Discovery that inspired it. TL;DNR: I'm not sure 'canon' matters beyond the broad strokes. Federation ships seek out new life and new civilizations. Vulcans have pointy ears and are logical. Phasers, torpedoes, shields. Whether Starfleet is a military or no, they still do patrols, explore, get into occasional space fights. There's a navy-like rank structure. People are generally good, kind, and helpful. The Klingon Empire is a rival government. But the "other" may not be the enemy you think at first. Admirals and ambassadors are stupid if not dangerous. (We can loses that last bit, if that's OK.) Transporters. Holodecks if you must. If I like the ideas / stories that Disco does I'll like it. If I don't it won't be because "IT'S NOT CANON." There will most likely be SOMETHING in 50 years of Trek that backs it up. I like the set design from TOS and find it charming and "home". Any show that tries to evoke that feeling will engender good will from me. But it isn't mandatory. That's the short version. Here's the long: --------------------------------------- With Disco looming on the horizon (not The Horizon, that's a different ship) I'm seeing people getting in a tizzy (including Yours Truly) over proclamations of what follows or violates 'canon'. I started to realize that there are some things that fans cling to as The Word of Gene that may have been mentioned in passing in a single episode and maybe one that is not well regarded at that. I'm a TOS guy. So I have a stubborn streak that when someone holds something up from the TNG/DS9/VOY era or, Great Bird help us, ENT I can get dismissive. As Chekov might say about a non-Russian discovery (not The Discovery, that's a different ship) "Other fellow got it wrong." Vulcan has no moon. Mentioned once. Well, so was "Vulcan was conquered." Nobody cites that one. And we saw a Vulcan moon in both Yesteryear AND Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It's also a charming plot point in several books. (NOT CANON! UNCLEAN!) Does Star Trek have money? Yep. I can point to several places in TOS and TNG. But wait! In Star Trek: The Voyage Home they talk about NOT having money! Does that one reference later reinforced by later TNG examples override TOS? Here's one that's going to be super relevant: Woman can't command starships. Mentioned as part of the plot in a terrible (TERRIBLE) episode. And we've since seen LOTS of women captains in Starfleet. (First seen in the same movie that gave us "No money" as it happens.) Romulans didn't have warp drive: Ehhhhh. Might not mean what we think it means. And even if it did it can't possibly make sense. We can do away with that one, yeah? BUT: No one knew what Romulans looked like: The same episode tells us that humans and their allies had never seen a Romulan before this episode. Never mentioned again (because they never needed to) but ENT decided to jump through hoops over this one. I have the sneaking suspicion that Disco will too. James R. Kirk: Stop. Just please stop. Maybe I'm getting to be like Spock in The Undiscovered Country. "Canon is the beginning of wisdom. Not the end."