New Starship Suggests Pre-TOS Era..or Does It?
At first glance I thought sure Star Trek Discovery’s new ship seemed like a pre- original series Star Trek ship. The big, red bussard collectors on the front of the warp nacelles, the fitted deck plates you can make out. Even the font of the ship’s name seems to call out to the original series. But it’s that deflector dish that throws me off. The original Enterprise, NCC 1701 (no bloody A, B, C or D, thank you very much) had one that looked like an old style satellite dish. But the new ship, USS Discovery, NCC 1031, has a glowing blue dish. It’s reminiscent of the one found on the refitted USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture and later.
What’s especially cool about the new ship, though, is that it’s based on a concept design by Ralph McQuarry. He illustrated the original design in the late 1970’s as production ramped up on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek: Phase II. Memory Alpha has some cool images of the original concept renderings and rough models.
Okay, But What Do We Know About Star Trek Discovery?
Sadly, we still know very little. All Bryan Fuller committed to is that the show will be an anthology series, so each season will be self-contained. It’ll also be serialized, so the whole season will tell a single, complete story about a specific crew. “We’re telling a 13-chapter story in this first season. It’s nice to be able to dig deep into things that would have been breezed past if we were doing episodic and had to contain a story to an episode.” What this means for later seasons is an open question. Will they not be Star Trek Discovery, too? Or will they be Star Trek: (Insert Ship Name Here)? Time will tell.
Of the new show, Bryan Fuller said some things that should give fans of classic Star Trek some hope for Star Trek Discovery. “The new series has to remind the audience of the original message of Star Trek, which is continue to be progressive, continue to give us hope for a future.” Oh, and on that front, the show is set in the “Prime” Star Trek universe, not JJ Abrams
crappy reboot universe.
Directors and Final Thoughts
The pilot episode of Star Trek Discovery also got a very experienced director in David Semel. He’s a very experienced television director who’s worked on many pilots, including Heroes, Person of Interest and The Man in the High Castle.
Still, some folks online are already complaining about the special effects quality in this little teaser. I don’t really see the issue (yes, it looks early and “teaser-y”, but it does not look like “an old video game” as one pundit claimed). It’s worth remembering: this is just a teaser. The real-time and money go into the episodes themselves, where they belong.
So what do you think? Yay or nay on the new Starship Discovery?