While the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery took place fairly early in the series' canon, Season 3 will be jump further into the future than any Star Trek series before it. This means that the timeline of Discovery does not coincide with the upcoming Star Trek: Picard or any other series in the Star Trek franchise. Still, there is coordination between the creators of Discovery and Picard to make sure the events of the two series won't contradict each other, since they both take place in the same shared Star Trek universe.
“I would say every iteration of Star Trek we want to be aware of and we want to honor,” Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Michelle Paradise told Slash Film. “It’s important to us to do that. [Picard Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman], as he works on that and works on our show, he lets us know if there’s anything that we need to be aware of in terms of history."
This means the show will take into account any important events established in the upcoming Picard series so as to avoid any continuity errors. The previous seasons of Discovery had quite a lot of creative freedom since they were set before any other Star Trek timeline, while the new season is set 930 years in the future and will take into account major historical events from established continuity. In addition to Picard, the creators want to honor the history of the entire shared Star Trek universe.
“We’re also aware that all of the iterations of Star Trek, so we really want to make sure that we’re not doing anything in our show that directly contradicts something that we’ve seen established or that is being established on another spinoff,” Paradisio said.
Streaming on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Commander Saru, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Mary Chieffo as L'Rell, Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno, Ethan Peck as Spock, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou. Season 2 is streaming now.
Debuting in 2020 on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.