Still, the skeleton in Lorca's enormous walk-in closet adds more mystery to the U.S.S. Discovery's revealed mission. When Kirk's Enterprise (which, yes, looks a whole lot less flashy and digital, we know, we know) encountered the Gorn it was, so they thought, a first contact. But the new series is set ten years before TOS, which means whatever the USS Discovery… discovers shall stay on the USS Discovery.
This arguably puts a damper on the bold experiment that Lorca and overseeing with Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and the doomed sister ship the USS Glenn. Unless there's some big twist coming, the concept of their proposed super-warp propulsion extracted from spores (“the veins and muscles that hold our galaxy together”) is something we know won't work. It does not appear in any later Trek stories, at least in the so-called Prime timeline. Though if spore-travel leads the Discovery to a parallel universe, or perhaps ten years after the last spot on the timeline (Spock following Nero into a black hole in Star Trek 2009), all could still snap into place.