During the Star Trek Day live stream, Alex Kurtzman mentioned the potential of a Starfleet Academy show, when talking with Wil Wheaton. https://www.trektoday.com/content/2021/08/kurtzman-starfleet-academy-series-on-the-way/ So I thought it may be worth starting a thread where we could pontificate, speculate and aggregate some ideas and thoughts. My initial thoughts would be, what era should this show take place in? 2140 – Pre 2252/2258 - Before Kirk's Academy days The benefits of this era would be the ability to feature Jonathan Archer (and other Enterprise Alumni) and be around the very earliest days of the Federation, and Starfleet opening up to other Federation races and species - with all the conflict and learning that would involve. 2250's – Pre 2323 - between Kirk's time and Picard's We have the infamous Kobiyashi Maru test, that audiences know well, it could feature known characters and also encompasses a time where the Klingons were no longer the enemy. The Federation saw lots of expansion and the "cowboy diplomacy" approach was being replaced with something more professional and more steeped in experience and best-practice. 2323 – 2379 - Berman era This is probably the most fleshed out of all the canonical times for Academy life - but it would allow for plenty of guest speakers, or trainers from TNG, DS9, VOY to show up. It could involve the Dominion conflict, Red Squadron, or even the aftermath of Romulus' destruction, if the timeframe were expanded up to Star Trek Picard's time. Pre "The Burn" Setting the show before Earth's exit from the Federation allows for creative freedoms without having to remain in lock-step with other shows' continuities. All of these so far are presuming the show would take place at the primary San Francisco campus, although it is possible there could be others across Earth which would allow a lot more opportunity to develop new word building, and teaching ideas. That or specific classes and specialities have their own locations that the cast of the show would have to travel to. Anything Post "The Burn", would be tied to Discovery, and may or may not see a re-opening of the Academy back on Earth. Now moving on from the setting and location, is the Cast... It seems to me there would be a few groups that would be important to feature. - The Teaching Staff - The Cadets - Cadet's Families Throw in others like those running the lounges and bars on campus (maybe grounds keepers lol), guest speakers giving lectures, and possibly friends who have no interest in joining Starfleet. You could also feature different year groups, so the first season could see one class graduating and possibly keeping in touch with friends talking about their experiences on board starships. Is it a teen/young adult school drama? There would be a lot of scope to include the love lives and the fears that young people go through as they study together, live together, socialise etc. There would be people home sick, people who drop out, people who fail, people who coast through. In this regards you would probably expect some of this. But there will probably be less of the bullying and childish stuff, because of the fact these people have mostly chosen to be here, unlike school life. Section 31? Would make sense they may want to be on the look out for the best and the brightest. There could also be some cadets who have "infiltrated" which need to be kept an eye on. So operatives may recruit classmates to report on them? Perhaps even some of the teaching staff are being suspected, and separate from the cadet cast being involved, there is the possibility for character revelations, and trusted instructors turning out to be corrupt? So entirely ground based? There will obviously be simulators and some ship, station and starbase training semesters etc, but I think it could be treading on Star Trek Prodigy's toes to be giving a whole group of young people a ship and sending them off on the regular. Anyway, those are some initial thoughts, I look forward to reading the thoughts of everyone else as this thread goes on - and when something official is announced regarding this show - this thread can be retired.