New ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Comic-Con Poster Reveals Ship Redesign
Klingons aren’t the only Star Trek staples undergoing a design change when Discovery premieres this fall. A new Comic-Con 2017 poster reveals an updated design for the CBS series’ title ship, following the original teaser in 2016.
Seeing as Star Trek: Discovery took its sweet time replacing Bryan Fuller, updating designs and delaying premieres until fall, it makes sense that the original U.S.S. Discovery would undergo changes from that first teaser. The initial trailer showed only the U.S.S. Shenzou, while the official Comic-Con 2017 poster reveals the new Discovery, complete with sleeker, flatter design and a more concentric saucer:
Back when Bryan Fuller was still involved, the American Gods showrunner admitted the Discovery teaser shown at Comic-Con 2016 was intended as a work-in-progress with “different lines” and “different nacelles” to come. Fuller also referenced the racing-inspired design and similarity to Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Trek “Phase II” artwork:
As we were looking to have something distinct about what our Star Trek was going to look [like], we looked back at – there was an abandoned Star Trek series in the ‘70s. It was actually for a movie. And Ralph McQuarrie had done some wonderful illustrations, and we saw those and saw sort of harder lines of a ship and started talking about race cars and Lamborghinis in the ‘70s and James Bond cars and started working on the designs, taking those inspirations and coming up with something completely unique to us.
For what it’s worth, the color is somewhat difficult to distinguish against the poster’s artistic flourish, but we’re likely to see clearer designs (and perhaps even footage) from Comic-Con 2017. Watch a first trailer for the September premiere below, and stay tuned for future Discovery.