Will Tilly be the lead in the new 'Starfleet Academy' series?

The crew of "Star Trek: Discovery" has been operating in the future since the third season of the show.

That is, they are far beyond Captain James T. Kirk's (23rd Century) or Jean-Luc Picard's (24th Century) futures.

In the 32nd Century, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) leads a team of explorers and scientists.

The rules are very different in this era than they were in Kirk and Picard's time.

For one thing, the Federation is no longer the galactic power it once was; when Burnham arrived in the 32nd Century (the episode "That Hope Is You, Part 1"), she discovered that Starfleet was no longer the galactic power it once was.

She quickly realized that her role would be to assist in picking up the pieces of the Federation and reassembling it.

Even the Vulcans (now aligned with the Romulans) left the Federation, and Burnham discovered that this task was beyond her abilities.

The Vulcans were among the organization's founding members.

That's akin to the United Kingdom leaving NATO after helping to establish it in 1949.

To get things moving in the right direction again, she'd have to work really hard on her diplomatic skills.

Aside from the lack of ships and dilithium, the training infrastructure was completely destroyed.

For Kirk (William Shatner) and Picard (Patrick Stewart), Starfleet Command had been on Earth.

Still, for Burnham, the organization's central hub was a deep-space starbase hidden by a massive cloaking device.

"Die Trying," the third-season episode, revealed all of this.

In last week's episode ("All Is Possible"), viewers learn that Starfleet Academy has been resurrected, albeit on a very small scale.

Lieutenant Tilly (Mary Wiseman) was selected to lead a group of young cadets on a training mission that went horribly wrong.

Tilly had intended to show the kids around on a shuttlecraft and give them some pointers, but the ship crashed on an ice planet, and she ended up acting as nursemaid and scout leader.

Tilly expressed her desire to leave "Discovery" and work with the Academy and cadets.

Tilly has previously expressed her admiration for the Academy.

In the Season 3 episode "People of Earth," Tilly and the DISCO crew paid a visit to the former site of the Academy in San Francisco.

She reflected on where she had studied and spent her days prior to joining the Discovery.

During "All Is Possible," Kovich (David Cronenberg) even convinces Tilly to teach at the Academy in a quiet moment.

"Anytime," Kovich tells Tilly, "the opening is there."

According to ComicBook.com,

The idea for a "Starfleet Academy" show is "largely unexplored," according to com's Jamie Lovett, but it has appeared "in other media, including Starfleet Academy novels, comics, and video games."

Harve Bennett, the producer of the "Star Trek" films II through V, had one of the first ideas for a "Starfleet Academy" story when he commissioned screenwriter David Loughery to write the script for "Star Trek; The First Adventure," which would have told the story of how Kirk, Spock, and McCoy met at the academy.

Though this concept was dropped in favor of "Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country," J.J. Abrams is said to have used some of the ideas in "Star Trek (2009)," in which Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) meet and don't get along.

In 2018, Variety reported that Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz would be in charge of a "Starfleet Academy" show.

Both Savage and Schwartz are known for their Marvel shows "Runaways" and "Looking for Alaska," but they haven't been linked to any Trek properties in a long time.

On Wil Wheaton's "Star Trek Day 2021" interview, Trek boss Alex Kurtzman said they're "very excited" about the "Starfleet Academy" show.

Tilly might be the right person to be the face of the new Starfleet Academy in the 33rd Century, now that she's hugged her friends and said her goodbyes.

Tilly is a well-known character on "Discovery," and she could be the star of a new show on the "Paramount" network.

There are numerous viewpoints on this topic.

Tilly is expected to return, according to Decider.

"Despite appearances, Tilly will be back, and Wiseman will continue to be a series regular," Alex Zalben writes.

This is in line with Wiseman's comments to SlashFilm:

"What I've been told is that you'll see Tilly later in the season," says the narrator.

Michelle Paradise, the showrunner of "Discovery," shared an intriguing clue with writer Keisha Hatchett.

In a recent interview with Hatchett, Paradise stated, "She is definitely still in the world."

"I'm sure we'll see each other again; we didn't send her far away; we're keeping her close."

It's possible that "close" refers to the USS Discovery-A or to Starfleet Academy.

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