Yeah I'd originally thought to set my story in a post TNG setting, mainly because all the sets I could find were either TOS or TNG, but there was going to be a significant chunk of time/parallel travel especially in the first draft that set it deeply in the late 2270s to late 2280s. So then I thought to myself, 'I used to 3D model a lot, I bet I can build these sets out, at least the ones that there's no TMP equivalent for already' and then I got sucked down that rabbit hole. I am still going to set part of it in a later setting post 2380 or so, but it's going to be a flash forward, not a flash back. While I like my lead as Captain, I found that the crew I'd assembled in the 2280 setting was far more interesting to me than the one I'd put together for 2380. Plus she's not in charge in 2280 and still figuring out what she wants in life as opposed to already having lived a pretty full career in 2380. In essence, I'm still figuring it all out as I build my sets. Not the best way to do it really, but I'm having fun with it either way and that's the important part.
And thank you for the kind words! The scout so far has been a fun little exercise and I do plan on using the hell out of it eventually so I'm trying to go as in depth with her as I think I'll need to.
I have mixed feelings on Discovery, but overall it was a very positive dive into that show. The two hour opening was probably one of the better pilots I've seen out of Star Trek. Is it dark? Yeah a bit, but it has the sense of wonder and awe and a crew that is trying to work through things intelligently and there's bickering but everyone has a good answer or thought and it's complicated and fun at the same time. There's a moment that's breath-taking when Burnham gets in her suit and goes out on deck and they look over her shoulder at the binary star they're near and I was sitting there with my jaw open. So gorgeous. It is very much doing it's own thing design-wise but honestly I stopped noticing it after the first initial shock shots and it all just worked. The Klingons may look different but they are VERY much Klingons. It's a bit tweaked and it does borrow a bit from what came before, but all the Trek shows do to some extent. Hell, the books on Giergou's shelf are all named after TOS episodes. You can't see it on screen but there was a great behind the scenes shot of it.
Overall though, that two episodes sold me at least on the rest of the season. My only complaint is we won't get more of certain characters interacting later on cause of what happens in the first two and their interactions were golden. Is it like Star Trek of old? No, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Is it very much more in the vein of televised Trek as opposed to film Trek? Hell yes. Right now, if I didn't get anymore episodes I'd rank the shows TNG - TOS - DS9 - DSC - TAS - VOY - ENT. Depending on how the rest of this season plays out I can see DSC over-taking DS9.