i'm pretty sure kurtzman said both animated shorts are associated with discovery (hey maybe one's a history of the distant future). but the short treks are definitely getting further and further away from their association to discovery, especially now that the show is carving its own path in the 33rd century. i was really appreciating this feeling that the "star trek universe" is sort carved into distinct eras and distinct tones and looks. star trek: discovery doing its thing the far future, star trek: picard taking us back to the 24th century, star trek: short treks living in what is ostensibly a new version of the old the 23rd century, playing in the classic trek iconography. i don't know, i think it's neat.