Star Trek has put most of its energy into hyping the upcoming Beyond over its 2017 return to TV (or streaming, anyway), but that’s no reason to lose excitement. To wit, the CBS streaming series adds another notable name from Trek canon to its ranks, placing Star Trek: Voyager novelist and continuity expert Kirsten Beyer on the staff.

TrekCore confirmed the as-yet-untitled Star Trek reboot series’ latest hire, pointing to Beyer’s past history writing eight full-length novels set after Voyager’s end. Beyer is also well known for “her knack with tying disparate bits of Trek continuity together,” which could prove important if Birth.Movies.Death’s report of the series first season involving the Mirror Universe proves true.

Shooting in Toronto this fall, the new Star Trek was said to return to the timeline previously rebooted by J.J. Abrams’ film series, sometime between Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation TV series. The first season might also end up “heavily serialized” with a new, non-Enterprise ship, though other reports suggest the series overall could operate as an anthology, changing time, setting and focus from season to season.

Bryan Fuller will headline the new streaming iteration of Star Trek as co-creator and executive producer, while Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer has also joined alongside Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod. So reads the initial synopsis for the series, which debuts on CBS in January 2017 before moving to All-Access:

The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

Fellow producer Alex Kurtzman wrote both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its 2013 sequel with frequent partner Roberto Orci, though Orci has no involvement in the new TV series.

Additional details will likely emerge soon, but what should we expect from the new streaming Star Trek?

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