Star Trek Timeline Explained: From The Original Series to Picard


It began so simply: A man named Gene Roddenberry wanted to make a TV show set in the future, featuring characters who would represent the best of humanity, boldly going where no one has gone before. Now, Star Trek has become one of pop culture’s most enduring touchstones, constantly evolving with the times.

It is not an easy thing to put together a coherent timeline for a franchise that consists of over 50 years of films and TV (nine series and 13 films, to be exact). Yet Star Trek, when you break it down, does hold together pretty well for a narrative that has been crafted by literally dozens of writers and directors over the decades. This is especially impressive given the amount of time travel that’s been built into the story, as well as some conflicting dates (for example, the Eugenics War makes things complicated).

Choosing the most important dates of Trek history to focus on was at times difficult, but an effort was made to pinpoint moments where the franchise’s relationship with time was most complicated — after all, the ultimate goal of this article is to take over 50 years of sci-fi adventure and make it relatively comprehensible. With that in mind, The timeline below is restricted to the film and TV entries in the Trek universe, in part because the books, comics, and other media are fascinating enhancements to the narrative (especially when they push forward into the future) but are not widely considered to be officially canon.

Given that many of these events take place on different planets — with, thus, different year cycles — some dates are approximated, especially when their placement in the timeline is based on statements like “a thousand years ago.” (If Trek‘s stardate dating system was easier to compute, then it would have been incorporated here. Alas.) But even when some dates don’t quite line up, the franchise’s central principles are rarely lost.

[Editor’s note: This article was updated on September 14, 2021 to incorporate “Star Trek: Lower Decks” Season 1.]

The Films and TV Shows (Combined)


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The Age of Shatner and Nimoy

  • Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1 (1966-1967)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series Season 2 (1967-1968)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series Season 3 (1968-1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series Season 1 (1973-1974)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series Season 2 (1974)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

The Next Generation Begins

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 (1987-1988)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 (1988-1989)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 (1989-1990)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 (1990-1991)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 (1991-1992)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 (1992-1993)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1 (1993)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 (1993-1994)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 2 (1993-1994)
  • Star Trek Generations (1994)

The Next Next Generation

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3 (1994-1995)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 1 (1994-1995)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 4 (1995-1996)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 (1995-1996)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 5 (1996-1997)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 3 (1996-1997)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 6 (1997-1998)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 4 (1997-1998)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 7 (1998-1999)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 5 (1998-1999)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 6 (1999-2000)
  • Star Trek: Voyager Season 7 (2000-2001)

The Enterprise Era

  • Star Trek: Enterprise Season 1 (2001-2002)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2 (2002-2003)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3 (2003-2004)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 (2004-2005)

The Kelvin-verse

  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The CBS All Access Age

  • Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 (2017-2018)
  • Star Trek: Short Treks Season 1 (2018)
  • Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (2019)
  • Star Trek: Short Treks Season 2 (2019-2020)
  • Star Trek: Picard Season 1 (2020)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks Season (2020)

Note: Spoilers follow for all of the above, including the season premiere of Picard.

The Days Before Space


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4.6 Billion BCE (or maybe even more):

  • The birth/arrival/creation of the Guardian of Forever on its ancient planet (ST:TOS S1E28, “The Guardian on the Edge of Forever”).

4 Billion BCE:

  • An unknown humanoid species, to quote Geordi LaForge, “scattered this genetic material into the primordial soup of at least 19 different planets across the galaxy,” explaining why most sentient species look the same (ST:TNG S6E20, “The Chase”).

3.5 Billion BCE:

  • The beginnings of life in the Alpha Quadrant are threatened by Q’s anomaly (ST:TNG S7E25-26, “All Good Things”).

400 CE (approximately):

  • Approximate time when the Changelings founded what would become the Dominion, with the Jem’Hadar

900 CE (approximately):

  • Kahless the Unforgettable slays the Qo’noS tyrant Molor and becomes the first Emperor of the Klingon Empire.

1505 CE:

  • First known sign of the Borg in the Delta Quadrant.

1600 CE (approximately):

  • The beginnings of Bajoran space exploration leads to first contact between the Cardassians and Bajorans. (It does not go well for them.)

1800 CE (approximately):

  • Establishment of the Cardassian Union.


  • Picard, La Forge, Troi, Riker, and Crusher arrive in San Francisco after the discovery of Data’s severed head in their century. Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain) gets caught up in their efforts to save him (ST:TNG S5E26-S6E1, “Time’s Arrow”).


  • Kirk and Spock chase a drugged and disoriented McCoy through the time portal known as the Guardian of Forever to New York City. While there, Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler, a social worker whose life McCoy saved, but Kirk must ultimately let die, in order to preserve the timeline and prevent Germany from winning World War II (ST:TOS S1E28, “The City on the Edge of Forever”).


  • The Briori abduct several hundred humans from Earth and bring them to the Delta Quadrant, including Amelia Earhart (ST:VOY S2E1, “The 37’s”).

1944 (alternate universe):

  • Jonathan Archer and the Enterprise NX-01 crew find themselves in an altered version of World War II, where the Nazis have invaded America (ST:ENT S4E1-E2, “Storm Front”).

July 1947:

  • Quark, Rom and Nog crash their ship in Roswell, New Mexico and have to escape from the U.S. Military (ST:DS9 S4E8, “Little Green Men”).


  • The Enterprise travels back to this year to prevent an agent from interfering with events, because Starfleet had a record of them doing so. Time travel is fun that way (ST:TOS S2E26, “Assignment: Earth”).The Enterprise also went on a similar mission in 1969 (ST:TOS S1E19, “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”).


  • Kirk and friends, in search of humpback whales to save the future, arrive in San Francisco, where they meet marine biologist Gillian Taylor, invent transparent aluminum, and teach Spock how to swear (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).


  • The Eugenics Wars rage on (at least, according to almost all sources). When the Enterprise first discovers genetically enhanced Khan Noonien Singh (ST:TOS S1E24, “Space Seed”), Spock says that during these years, Khan had conquered most of the Earth, before fleeing the Earth with 84 of his followers to drift through space in the S.S. Botany Bay.


  • In this version of 1996 (perhaps because they’ve just ended?), there’s no sign of the Eugenics Wars in action when the Voyager is pulled to sunny Southern California by a 29th century time ship. Despite being featured on local news broadcasts, the Voyager and its crew manage not to damage the timeline before returning to the 24th century (ST:VOY S3E8-9, “Future’s End”).

December 27, 1999:

  • One of Captain Janeway’s ancestors gets caught up in the controversy surrounding the construction of the Millennium Gate tower, a self-sufficient structure built in Indiana that would become the model for the colonization of Mars (ST:VOY S5E23, “11:59”).


  • Archer and T’Pol arrive in Detroit to stop the Xindi from annihilating the human race with a bioweapon — they succeed (ST:ENT S3E11, “Carpenter Street).

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2024:

  • Thanks to a transporter accident, Sisko, Dax and Bashir arrive in a very different San Francisco from the modern world, and get caught up in the Bell Riots, a historical event which eventually led to massive reform of America’s social issues (ST:DS9 S3E11-E12, “Past Tense”).

2026 – 2053:

  • World War III ravages Earth, killing six hundred million humans.

The Dawn of the Warp Era


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April 4, 2063:

  • The Enterprise-E arrives at Earth after chasing a Borg sphere from the 24th century, just as the Borg plan to disrupt the launch of Zefram Cochrane’s extremely important prototype warp drive flight (Star Trek: First Contact).

April 5, 2063:

  • Thanks to the Enterprise-E, Cochrane successfully completes his flight and, later that day, a Vulcan ship arrives on Earth, initiating first contact and beginning humanity’s journey to its future as an architect of the Federation (Star Trek: First Contact).


  • Colonies on Mars are established.


  • An elderly Zefram Cochrane vanishes, after heading out on one last space voyage (ST:TOS S2E9, “Metamorphosis”).


  • The Enterprise NX-01, the first starship capable of traveling at Warp 5, begins its mission to explore the galaxy. A major part of its adventures have to do with the Temporal Cold War, in which the crew found itself caught up in time travel conflicts.

March 2153:

  • The Xindi attack Earth, firing a blast that causes destruction from Florida to Venezuela, killing seven million people. The NX-01 refocuses its mission on trying to stop the Xindi from causing further destruction.


  • For the first time, Starfleet officers travel to the Mirror Universe, encountering a far darker version of their world (ST:ENT S4E18-E19, “In a Mirror, Darkly”).
  • Discussion of uniting various planets for some sort of… federation, perhaps, begins (ST:ENT S4E22, “These Are the Voyages…”).


  • A four-year war with the Romulans leads to the creation of the Romulan Neutral Zone.


  • Captain Archer speaks to the Coalition of Planets about the need to create…
  • The United Federation of Planets, which is officially born that year (ST:ENT S4E22, “These Are the Voyages…”).
  • Starfleet Academy is also founded.


  • In an alternate timeline, the crew of the Defiant was sent back in time to this year, crashing on a planet called Gaia. While Kira died, the survivors eventually built a society of eight thousand people. This society, however, was wiped out of existence when the Odo living on Gaia prevented the Defiant from replicating that journey into the past, to save Kira’s life (ST:DS9 S5E22, “Children of Time”).

March 22nd, 2233:

  • James Tiberius Kirk is born.

    • In the Kelvin Timeline, Kirk is born aboard a USS Kelvin shuttlecraft as time-traveling Romulan Nero attacks the ship now being captained by James’ soon-to-be-deceased father George (Star Trek 2009).
    • In the Prime Timeline, Kirk is born (exact location unknown, but could have still been aboard the USS Kelvin, albeit under more peaceful circumstances), and eventually raised in Iowa by George and Winona Kirk.


  • Michael Burnham’s family was killed at Doctari Alpha, following which Sarek brought her into his home and made her Spock’s adoptive sister (ST:DIS S2E1, “Brothers”).


  • The USS Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike, launches its second five-year mission to explore the universe.


  • Captain Pike, Lieutenant Spock and the Enterprise visit the planet of Talos IV (ST:TOS S1E15-E16, “The Menagerie”).

May 2256:

  • The USS Shenzhou is called to investigate damage done to an interstellar array on the edge of Federation space, which leads to the ship being overwhelmed by an onslaught of Klingon ships. In the conflict, Captain Georgiou is killed, and Lieutenant Michael Burnham not just committing mutiny, but triggering a war between the Federation and the Klingons (ST:DIS S1E1-E2, “The Vulcan Hello”-“Battle at the Binary Stars”).

November 2256:

  • Michael Burnham is, via a roundabout set of circumstances, transferred from prison to the USS Discovery under the command of Captain Gabriel Lorca (ST:DIS S1E3, “Context Is For Kings”).


  • The Discovery arrives in the Mirror Universe thanks to Lorca, who had secretly snuck into the Prime Universe. The ship eventually returns home, but with the devious Mirror Universe version of Georgiou on board (ST:DIS S1E13, “What’s Past Is Prologue”).
  • By making a pact with L’Rell and stopping an attack on the Klingon homeworld, Burnham is able to end the Federation-Klingon War (ST:DIS S1E13, “What’s Past Is Prologue”).
  • As the Enterprise needs repairs and the Discovery needs a (temporary?) captain, Captain Pike fills in the gap, introducing the mission to discover what’s going on with the “Red Angel” who keeps appearing in multiple spots across the Alpha Quadrant (ST:DIS S2E1, “Brothers”).


  • Burnham learns that the Red Angel is herself, from the future, and ultimately chases that predestination paradox (ST:DIS Season 2).
  • The Discovery, with a limited crew, travels to the year 3186. Those who stay behind, including Pike, Spock and Number One, adhere to the pact that speaking of the Discovery or its crew ever again is a treasonable offense (ST:DIS S2E14, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2”).

2258 (Kelvin-verse):

  • The Prime Universe version of Spock arrives from the future — which is just what Nero has been waiting for, for 25 years (Star Trek 2009).
  • James Kirk is just about to finish his time at Starfleet Academy when the planet of Vulcan is destroyed by Nero. Kirk and his new crew ultimately take down Nero, and end up taking over the Enterprise for a mission of exploration (Star Trek 2009).

2259 (Kelvin-verse):

  • Khan Noonien Singh arises to try to tear down the Federation. Kirk dies, but does not stay dead (Star Trek Into Darkness).

2260 (Kelvin-verse):

  • The Enterprise sets out on its five-year mission (Star Trek Beyond).

2263 (Kelvin-verse):

  • Three years into said mission, the Enterprise crew saves the space station Yorktown from destruction — destroying their ship in the process, but the Enterprise-A immediately gets commissioned (Star Trek Beyond).
  • The Prime Universe Spock, having lived in the Kelvin timeline for seven years, passes away at the age of 162 (Star Trek Beyond).


  • James T. Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise for another five-year mission, encountering Klingons, con men and more.


  • McCoy, after an unfortunate injection, rushes to the surface of an alien planet and escapes to the year 1930 thanks to the Guardian of Forever (ST:TOS S1E28, “The Guardian on the Edge of Forever”).


  • The Enterprise experiences plenty of wacky experiences, but few as memorable as a trip to Deep Space Station K-7 to handle an agricultural situation aggravated by a tribble infestation (ST:TOS S2E13, “The Trouble With Tribbles”).
  • After a time traveler tries to interfere with the events of DSS K-7, Captain Sisko and his crew arrive to make sure Kirk keeps the Klingons from sabotaging things (ST:DS9 S5E6, “Trials and Tribble-ations”).


  • The Enterprise discovers Zefram Cochrane marooned on a remote planetoid, but ultimately leaves him behind with an alien consciousness with which he is in love (ST:TOS S2E9, “Metamorphosis”).


  • At the end of the five-year mission, Kirk is promoted to the rank of Admiral, while Will Decker becomes captain of the USS Enterprise.


  • When an alien-retrofitted version of Voyager returns to Earth, Kirk resumes control over the Enterprise to save Earth (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).


  • The Prime Universe Khan gets his chance at conquering the galaxy. Spock dies in the successful effort to thwart him (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).
  • Kirk steals the Enterprise, but Spock is successfully resurrected thanks to the planet Genesis’s extraordinary properties. They return Spock to Vulcan so he can recuperate (Star Trek III: The Search For Spock).


  • An alien probe broadcasting humpback whale song doesn’t get any response, and starts trying to destroy the planet Earth as a result. To prevent this, Kirk and his friends travel back in time (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
  • Kirk is demoted to the rank of Captain, and thus he can return to being the Captain of the Enterprise (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).


  • The Enterprise crew goes on another adventure, which might be boiled down to this memorable incident: Captain Kirk asks the question “What does God need with a starship?” (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).


  • Hikaru Sulu becomes captain of the USS Excelsior.


  • Kirk is framed for the assassination of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, and he and McCoy even go to prison for that presumed crime, but their friends rescue them in time to prevent another assassination. Kirk saves the peace talks and is told to bring the Enterprise back to Earth. He might end up taking his time getting there (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).
  • Tuvok serves under Captain Sulu aboard the Excelsior (ST:VOY S3E2, “Flashback”).
  • Later that year, Kirk and other crew members are visiting the newly commissioned Enterprise-B. After an encounter with the Nexus that destroys a good part of the ship, Kirk is considered dead (Star Trek Generations).


  • Captain Rachel Garrett and the Enterprise-C are lost while defending a Klingon settlement, an event which proved pivotal to creating peace between the Klingons and the Federation — so pivotal that when it didn’t happen in an alternate universe, it led to a far worse future (ST:TNG S3E15, “Yesterday’s Enterprise”).


  • War between the Federation and Cardassian Union begins, with conflicts tapering off in the 2350s.


  • The USS Pegasus is considered missing after experimenting with phasing technology (ST:TNG S7E12, “The Pegasus”).

The Rise of Picard, Sisko, and Janeway


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  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard takes command of the Enterprise, confronting a malevolent entity known as Q who is set upon judging the human race (ST:TNG S1E1-E2, “Encounter at Farpoint”).

    • Seven years later, Picard re-experiences this first mission, because it is revealed that the trial which Q began during the trip to Farpoint had never actually ended (ST:TNG S7E25-26, “All Good Things”).
  • Lieutenant Natasha Yar is killed in action (ST:TNG S1E23, “Skin of Evil”).


  • The Enterprise encounters the Borg for the first time, after being flung into the Delta Quadrant by Q (ST:TNG S2E16, “Q Who”).


  • The Enterprise-C arrives in a very changed version of the universe, 22 years after it disappeared into a temporal rift. Captain Garrett and her crew eventually return to the point of their disappearance to preserve the original timeline, with Tasha Yar (who did not die in this new timeline) returning with them (ST:TNG S3E15, “Yesterday’s Enterprise”).


  • Jean-Luc Picard gets abducted by the Borg, and a battle he spearheads as Locutus of Borg, known as Wolf 359, is a brutal moment for the Federation. Benjamin Sisko’s wife Jennifer is one of the many, many casualties (ST:TNG S3E26-S4E1, “The Best of Both Worlds”; ST:DS9 S1E1, “Emissary”).
  • With the ascension of Gowron as Emperor, the Klingon Civil War begins.


  • The Klingon Civil War ends, with Gowron maintaining his control over the Empire (ST:TNG S5E1, “Redemption II”).
  • Ambassador Spock travels to Romulus to try to reunite the Vulcans and Romulan people — unsuccessfully. (ST:TNG S5E7-8, “Redemption I-II”).


  • Commander Benjamin Sisko arrives at the station Deep Space Nine, where he encounters the “wormhole aliens,” AKA “the Prophets,” and devotes himself to bringing local planet Bajor into the Federation as Bajor rebuilds after Cardassian occupation (ST:DS9 S1E1, “Emissary”).
  • The Enterprise-D recovers long-lost Montgomery Scott from a transporter buffer, and Scotty sets out to go exploring the galaxy (ST:TNG S6E4, “Relics”).


  • Commander Riker, struggling to decide what to do when his old commanding officer Admiral Pressman asks for his help, uses the holodeck to look back at Captain Archer’s big speech to the Coalition of Planets (ST:ENT S4E22, “These Are the Voyages…”; ST:TNG S7E12, “The Pegasus”).
  • The Federation-Cardassian Treaty is signed, officially ending hostilities and creating a demilitarized zone that left several planets previously colonized by Federation citizens under Cardassian control. This leads to the creation of the Maquis, former Federation members who rebel against the Cardassians (ST:DS9 S2E20-21, “The Maquis”).
  • Picard begins to shift in time, from his past to his future, which lead to him discovering that Q has spent the last seven years evaluating the human race, based on the adventures of Picard and his crew. Ultimately, Picard convinces Q of humanity’s value (ST:TNG S7E25-26, “All Good Things”).


  • Picard learns that his brother and nephew have ben killed in a fire at his family vineyard (Star Trek Generations).
  • The Enterprise-D gets caught up in Dr. Soran’s attempt to reach the Nexus, a realm outside of space and time that can feel like paradise. Picard, inside the Nexus, meets Kirk, who he convinces to leave the Nexus with him to stop Soran. They succeed, but Kirk is killed and the Enterprise is destroyed (Star Trek Generations).
  • The USS Voyager departs Deep Space Nine to track down a missing Maquis ship, but both ships end up getting dragged 75,000 light years away from Earth. The Starfleet and Maquis crews end up working together to try to get back to the Alpha Quadrant (ST:VOY S1E1-2, “Caretaker”).
  • The USS Defiant, a new ship to be captained by Benjamin Sisko, arrives at Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 S3E1, “The Search, Part I”).
  • Odo learns that his people, the Changelings, are the Founders of the Dominion, which controls the Gamma Quadrant, and now aims to take over the Alpha Quadrant (ST:DS9 S3E1-2, “The Search, Parts I/II”).


  • The Enterprise-E is launched.
  • Thanks to Changeling infiltration at the highest levels of government, war erupts between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Worf joins the crew of Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 S4E1-2, “The Way of the Warrior”).


  • After the Battle of Sector 001, in which the Borg gets close to attacking the Earth, the Enterprise-E launches into action, following a Borg Sphere back into the past (Star Trek: First Contact).
  • When the Changeling impersonating General Martok is revealed, war between the Federation and the Klingons ends (ST:DS9 S5E1, “Apocalypse Rising”).
  • The Federation first learns about the existence of the non-corporeal Pah-wraiths, enemies of the Bajoran Prophets, when one of them takes over the body of Keiko O’Brien (ST:DS9 S5E5, “The Assignment”).
  • Bashir, without anyone’s knowledge, is replaced by a Changeling, which is not uncovered for a month (ST:DS9 S5E14-15, “In Purgatory’s Shadow”/”By Inferno’s Light”).
  • The Cardassian Union officially joins the Dominion, which invades the Alpha Quadrant (ST:DS9 S5E14-15, “In Purgatory’s Shadow”/”By Inferno’s Light”).

    • The Dominion, as part of the deal, helps Cardassia completely eliminate the Maquis.
  • To avoid war with the Dominion, the Bajorans sign a non-aggression treaty (ST:DS9 S5E26, “Call to Arms”).
  • The Dominion takes over the Bajor sector as the Federation departs, beginning the Dominion War (ST:DS9 S5E26, “Call to Arms”).


  • Voyager assists the Borg in fighting off Species 8472, and a drone known as Seven of Nine gets marooned on their ship (ST:VOY S4E1, “Scorpion, Part II”).
  • Meanwhile, crew member Kes leaves the ship to explore her psychic abilities (ST:VOY S4E2, “The Gift”).
  • The Dominion War is fought on multiple fronts, with Kira leading a resistance effort on Deep Space Nine while Sisko and the Defiant battle to eventually retake the station (ST:DS9 S6E6, “Sacrifice of Angels”).
  • Gul Dukat’s daughter Ziyal is killed by Damar during the battle over DS9 (ST:DS9 S6E6, “Sacrifice of Angels”).
  • Worf and Jadzia Dax get married (ST:DS9 S6E7, “You Are Cordially Invited…”).
  • First major appearance of Section 31 (in the Prime timeline), as an agent attempts to recruit Bashir (ST:DS9 S6E18, “Inquisition”).
  • Thanks to Sisko working with the ruthless Garak, the Romulans join the war against the Dominion (ST:DS9 S6E19, “In the Pale Moonlight”).
  • Dukat, having snuck onto DS9, kills Jadzia Dax and releases a Pah-wraith which closes the Bajoran wormhole permanently (ST:DS9 S6E26, “Tears of the Prophets”).


  • The Dax symbiont is joined with a Trill named Ezri (ST:DS9 S7E1, “Image in the Sand”).
  • After having left DS9 for a short time, Sisko recovers the Orb of the Emissary, and returns to reopen the wormhole (ST:DS9 S7E2, “Shadows and Symbols”).
  • Dukat now leads a cult devoted to the worship of the Pah-wraiths (ST:DS9 S7E9, “Covenant”).
  • The Enterprise-E crew, including Worf, work together to reconcile the Son’a and Ba’ku people after a century of distrust (Star Trek: Insurrection).
  • Sisko makes plans for life after the Dominion War, and also marries long-time girlfriend Kasidy Yates (ST:DS9 S7E18, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”).
  • Kira, Odo and Garak go to Cardassia to help Damar, now in open rebellion against the Dominion, lead a resistance movement. Odo learns that he has been infected by the virus killing the Changelings, which was created by Section 31(ST:DS9 S7E21, “When It Rains…”).
  • The Defiant is destroyed by the Breen, and a new ship is renamed in its honor (ST:DS9 S7E24, “The Dogs of War”).
  • Odo, having been cured of Section 31’s disease, returns to his people to spread the cure to them (ST:DS9 S7E26, “What You Leave Behind”).
  • Dukat, having surgically altered himself to resemble a Bajoran, becomes a confidante of Kai Winn and manipulates her into helping him unlock the power of the Pah-wraiths in the Fire Caves on Bajor. Sisko arrives in time to stop him, but all three of them are considered dead (ST:DS9 S7E26, “What You Leave Behind”).
  • The Dominion War ends (ST:DS9 S7E26, “What You Leave Behind”).


  • The USS Voyager continues its journey home.


  • Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres get married (ST:VOY S7E3, “Drive”).


  • Neelix leaves Voyager to join a Talaxian community (ST:VOY S7E23, “Homestead”).
  • With the help of a time-travelling Admiral Janeway, Voyager successfully uses the Borg transwarp network to get back to Earth (ST:VOY S7E25, “Endgame”).
  • Miral Paris is born (ST:VOY S7E25, “Endgame”).


  • William Riker and Deanna Troi get married (Star Trek: Nemesis).
  • The Enterprise-E discovers that Data’s creator, Dr. Soong, had created an early prototype of Data known as B-4, which is more primitive than Data. Data tries to help by transferring his memories into B-4.
  • Picard comes to Romulus after a military coup puts Shinzon, a clone of Picard created by Romulans who ended up becoming the leader of the Remans. In the ensuing fight, Picard kills Shinzon, but Data is killed saving his crew (Star Trek: Nemesis).


  • Ensign Tendi joins Rutherford, Mariner, and Boimler to serve on board the U.S.S. Cerritos, a ship dedicated to “second contact” encounters with new civilizations (Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E1, “Second Contact”).
  • Boimler jumps at the chance of promotion to serve on board the U.S.S. Titan under the command of Captain William Riker, leaving behind his friends on the Cerritos (Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E10, “No Small Parts”).


  • Thaddeus “Thad” Troi-Riker is born (ST:PIC S1E7, “Nepenthe”).

The Future Is a Dark Place


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  • Jean-Luc Picard puts the Data’s Daughter painting into storage at the Starfleet Archive Museum (ST:PIC S1E1, “Remembrance”).
  • Seven of Nne, working as a Fenris Ranger near the Romulan Neutral Zone, loses adopted son Icheb (a former Borg like herself) after Icheb is attacked by raiders looking for black market Borg implants (ST:PIC S1E5, “Stardust City Rag”).


  • When a star near Romulus goes supernova, the entire planet is destroyed, despite Spock’s attempt to stop the explosion by injecting the star with Red Matter and creating a black hole. The black hole instead brings both his ship and the nearby Romulan mining vessel containing Nero into the past (Star Trek 2009).

2388-89 (approximate):

  • In the wake of the destruction of Romulus, the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards of Mars are destroyed by rebellious synthetic workers on First Contact Day (April 5), killing thousands and leaving Mars ablaze for years to follow (ST:ST “Children of Mars,” ST:PIC S1E1, “Remembrance”).


  • The Troi-Riker family moves to the outlying planet of Nepenthe (ST:PIC S1E7, “Nepenthe”).


  • The original year that the Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant, prior to Janeway’s temporal interference (ST:VOY S7E25, “Endgame”).


  • While the future that Picard saw during his final confrontation with Q was eventually rewritten, this would have been the year in which Picard reunited his old crew to work together to stop the anomaly (ST:TNG S7E25-26, “All Good Things”).


  • Thad Troi-Riker dies of mendaxic neurosclerosis at the age of 15 (ST:PIC S1E7, “Nepenthe”).


  • Jean-Luc Picard, having left Starfleet years ago after the destruction of Romulus, meets Dahj, a frightened young woman with a mysterious connection to Data. She inspires him to leave retirement and investigate further (ST:PIC S1E1, “Remembrance”).
  • Picard’s search to understand Dahj’s origins leads him to assemble a ramshackle crew and discover Dahj’s synth twin Soji, but in the race to save her and her fellow synths, Picard’s terminal brain condition catches up with him and he dies in the climactic battle. Fortunately, his consciousness is saved and transplanted into a synthetic body, meaning that Picard has potentially years worth of adventure ahead of him (ST:PIC S1E10, “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2”).


  • Admiral Janeway, having spent years figuring out a plan, leaves her original timeline to travel to the year 2378 and change the past (ST:VOY S7E25, “Endgame”).


  • The USS Discovery arrives in an uncharted future. What happens next is totally unknown (ST:DIS S2E14, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” ST:DIS Season 3).

3200s (or potentially more):

1000 years into the future of the Discovery, the abandoned ship (run by a now-sentient computer) rescues an escape pod and forms a bond with its occupant (ST:ST “Calypso”).

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