The premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount Plus Thursday claimed that the January 6, 2021 riot in the U.S. Capitol started the mythical nuclear World War III on Earth in the sci-fi series timeline. [tweet_embed] May 9, 2022[/tweet_embed] The spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery, based on cannon from the 1960’s original series, showed the crew of the Enterprise finding a pre-warp society with high-tech, which controversial factions on the planet are about to use against each other. As a peace summit between the two factions starts to deteriorate, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) beams down in the middle of discussions to show the two sides Earth’s history and suggests that the planet’s current fighting would lead them down the same path as Earth: a “Second Civil War” that became a “Eugenics War,” and then a nuclear “World War III,” which resulted in a massive loss of life. Pike presents himself and says, “…my people and yours are very much alike.” He then shows the faction leaders Star Trek’s successful Earth in the future and says, “Though, we were not always peaceful.” [tweet_embed] May 9, 2022[/tweet_embed] He adds, “This is our Earth in the 21st century, before everything went wrong.” The video flashes to images of modern-day as Pike says, “It’s a lot like your world today.” Pike then says he will show the leaders their future, and the video cuts to what seems to be the Save America Rally, where thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Pike narrates and says, “Our conflict also started with a fight for freedoms,” in the montage, people are carrying American flags, Trump flags, and signs, allegedly from the rally, that say “audit the vote” and criticize Joe Biden, COVID restrictions and the mRNA vaccine. The following image is a noose hanging from gallows in front of the U.S. Capitol, spotted during the riot. Pike says, “We called it the Second Civil War,” as the scene then flashes to what seems to be a social justice march in New York City. Thousands can be seen bearing signs that say, “no justice, no peace,” and “in union there is strength.” [tweet_embed] May 9, 2022[/tweet_embed] Pike adds “Then the Eugenics War,” citing Star Trek timeline events, as the scene then goes back to the Jan riot at the U.S. Capitol where people in MAGA gear can be seen scuffling with officers as Pike says, “and finally, World War Three.” A short peek of what appears to be a Left-wing riot in the streets of a city can then be seen before Pike says, “This was our last day, when Earth we knew ceased to exist,” before the video shows nuclear explosions destroying cities around the world.