In the premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery, there are at least two officers on the bridge of the USS Shenzhou with apparent cybernetic attachments:

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Has there been any creator comment about the nature of these characters, or how they came to be, apparently, augmented?

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    Sure this are implants and not only gadgets that you could put on and off? – Hothie Sep 25 '17 at 8:59
  • Nope. They look permanent, or at least connected to something permanent. Whatever the case, I am simply hoping to learn more. – Politank-Z Sep 25 '17 at 9:02
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    What about the third one - it looked like a short robot in a Daft Punk helmet? (Unfortunately, no screencaps.) Not sure if the helmet was a helmet or a robotic head. – Thomas Owens Sep 26 '17 at 12:38
  • I didn't include that one, as I am pretty sure it was meant to be a crewman in a helmet. The head had "USS Shenzhou" stamped on it. – Politank-Z Sep 26 '17 at 19:09
  • @ThomasOwens Here's a close-up – Izkata Oct 3 '17 at 2:29

In episode three, "Context is King" we see that Keyla Detmer has had a similar device added compared to the first two episodes.

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Especially paired with her coldness/anger vs. Michael Burham, it is clear that this prosthetic/implant is a result of her injury in the previous episode at the Battle of the Binary Stars.

So we must conclude that this type of (probably cybernetic) augmentation is relatively commonplace in the new canon, similarly to other changes such as the ubiquitous holographic communications.

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    All of this makes me wonder whether we are really in the Prime timeline, or if this is secretly the Kelvin / reboot timeline, or if this is some other timeline altogether. – Praxis Oct 2 '17 at 20:49
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    I have the same hunch @Praxis that there will be a big reveal that this is Kelvin universe. They (CBS/powers that be) know the majority of Trek nerds would have lost their minds if it was announced from the beginning that it was JJ verse. Better to rope people in and slowly boil the frog. – NKCampbell Oct 2 '17 at 21:09
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    @ThePopMachine Only if they are also lying about the time frame. If this is the Kelvin Timeline, Prime-Spock hasn't arrived yet. – Politank-Z Oct 2 '17 at 23:45
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    even in Kelvin timeline, transwarp beaming is about a decade away. Remember, this is pre-Kirk Enterprise – NKCampbell Oct 3 '17 at 1:08
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    @ThePopMachine Prime Spock hadn't, Nero had. After the Kelvin's destruction, before the launch of the NCC-1701. – Politank-Z Oct 3 '17 at 3:53

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