Our Thoughts On The First Trailer & Key Art For ‘Star Trek: Discovery’!

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18 May 17

It’s not been the smoothest road getting here, but Netflix & CBS last night released the first look trailer and key art for the new series ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

The first thing that strikes me is the look seems very ‘NuTrek’ (i.e. the 2009 film timeline). Not that I have a problem with this, and I guess it was inevitable. It was always going to be a stretch to have the show look like it authentically dovetailed into the Original Star Trek 60’s design, so I think we just roll with it! Secondly, the new uniforms look great. A nice balance of ST:Enterprise’s blue jumpsuits and an actual uniform.

Whilst the show is called ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, I’m pretty sure that’s not the Discovery we’re seeing in the trailer. That would appear to be the Starship Shenzhou. If you notice, they’re careful not to show off the nameplate at any point. So it looks like our lead, First Officer Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), has been serving for the past 7 years under Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou, and is about to move ships. Georgiou talks about Burnham getting her own command, but given Jason Isaacs has been announced as Lorca, Captain of the Discovery, that doesn’t seem to be what happens. Unless he’s the one handing over the reins to Burnham, but maybe sticks around in some advisory capacity, as she ranks up to Captain…

It would also appear that Burnham grew up on Vulcan, but is human, which is an interesting twist. The Vulcan she is talking to there is James Frain as Sarek, father to Spock. This raises some questions about how they know each other. Does Burnham know his family and son, or is it purely a professional connection? He appears to be some sort of mentor to her, so possibly her teacher on Vulcan?

It’s also nice to see the tv budget can finally stretch to multiple aliens scattered around the ship, rather than just one or two. Doug Jones (Science Officer Saru), as one would expect, is under heavy prosthetics again, playing an alien who can sense death. That could come in handy onboard a Starfleet vessel!

Speaking of aliens… New Klingons! There is some talk of them being either Ancient Klingons, or some separate caste to explain the radically different look. Whether this is revealed, or if we’re just going to have to ignore the fact they look nothing like the later TNG Klingons remains to be seen… Although the look maybe different, their temperament seems to stay the same – “We have engaged the Klingons is probably not a good sign…”

Star Trek: Discovery‘ will premiere this autumn on Netflix everywhere except the U.S. and Canada where it will be available on CBS All Access, and Bell Media respectively, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network. Additionally, the series will feature 15 episodes, up from the previously announced 13.

On top of the trailer, Netflix also dropped this snazzy new poster for the show!