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SDCC 2016: Star Trek Discovery – Coming in January 2017

CBS have revealed the identity and approximate time of their new Star Trek TV series, Star Trek Discovery, debuting in January 2017 on CBS’ Pay Per View service in the US, and Netflix across the rest of the world. During the Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con, Bryan Fuller revealed the first test footage of NCC-1031 – USS Discovery.


The design may seem familiar to Star Trek fans. that’s because it’s pretty obviously  based on one of the legendary Ralph McQuarrie’s unused concept art/designs for the Enterprise NCC-1701A in Star Trek Phase 2/ the Motion Picture. Fuller said it was, but “to a point that we can’t legally comment on it until [our legal team] figures out some things.” It shares some of the classic Star Trek Federation starship characteristics, but the secondary hull is a lot wider and more geometric. We can only wait to find out how they explain it. The nacelles themselves have 3 bussard collectors each, possibly implying that it’s a design that uses previous components in a new way. As an NCC registry it’s not experimental, so it will be interesting to find out what role and mission it will have in the new series.

Ralph McQuarrie's Enterprise - Star Trek Discovery

When asked why the ship was called the USS Discovery, Fuller said “There are so many reasons why we settled on Discovery,” Fuller explained. “But the chief one amongst them was that I couldn’t think of a more Star Trek-themed name for a ship than Discovery.”

USS Discovery - Star Trek Discovery

The registration NCC-1031 implies that the ship predates the Enterprise 1701, but is later than the Enterprise series, and the NX-1. There are sure to be more details between now and then of the ship, it’s crew, and the situation. We’ll bring you more news as it’s released about Star Trek Discovery.

NCC-1031 - Star Trek Discovery

There are sure to be lots of theories and opinions about this – For sure it’s the first new Star Trek on TV since May 2005. Let’s hope that it’s done well, and will satisfy the hunger for new Star Trek in the classic timeline, rather than the movies with the ‘Kelvin Timeline’. Fuller also confirmed the series will apparently “Not be episodic”, but will tell stories like a novel. This implies that they are learning from Marvel and Netflix.

Mark Canty
Mark Canty
I'm just this geek, you know? Love comics, though not a regular reader - Love gaming, PC, board games and wargaming, and reading Sci Fi. Chairman at my local wargaming club, I play X-Wing and occasionally 40k (But mostly X-Wing!) By day I work in eCommerce, by night I'm either still working, reading, watching or writing :)

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