Before the series was announced, it was pretty unanimous
among Trekkies that any new show should focus on completely unexplored
territory, preferably taking place further into the future, long after Voyager
and Nemesis. It's no surprise then that disappointment with Discovery occurred
quickly after its announcement, as we learnt that it would be set only ten
years before the original series.
The specific timeframe has no inherent impact on the
show's quality of course, but it is deflating to see a somewhat lack of
imagination on the show-runners’ part; they’re resorting to an already firmly
established era in Trek history. After Enterprise and Abrams’ movies, now was
a fitting time to stay out of the past and excel Star Trek forward. Not only would the writers have had less creative boundaries to
work with, but any progression for the timeline would have undoubtedly been a bolder and fresher move.