Here's Our Best Look at Star Trek: Discovery's New Ship

All images: CBS
All images: CBS

When it comes to Star Trek, the ship is vital. We’ve had the Enterprise. Then the Enterprise. Then a change with a space station in Deep Space Nine. And the Voyager. And then, oh look, Enterprise. And now we can add Discovery to that list.

This new poster comes as Star Trek: Discovery prepares to have its very own San Diego Comic-Con panel. We saw bits of the ship last year, but it was shared as part of a larger Star Trek panel. Now the newborn show is all grown up.

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I legitimately love the colors on this poster—and the gentle homage that streaky rainbow pays to The Motion Picture.

We can also see that the design of Discovery has undergone a bit of a change since we first saw the ship at Comic-Con last year.

Illustration for article titled Heres Our Best Look at iStar Trek: Discovery/is New Ship

For one thing, you couldn’t really tell in this image that the saucer section had a double-ring, whereas it’s clearly got gaps in the new poster. The nacelles have changed a fair bit—they’re pulled back and are more streamlined. The variable coloring on the hull (from plating, I guess?) is still there, but the light under the saucer isn’t pointing forward anymore. There’s a whole lighted dome.

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It’s a good design, and putting the nacelles below the saucer instead of over it, like in the original Enterprise, isn’t quite the same as Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for a new Enterprise, but it’s similar. It’s sort of like Enterprise, that design, and the original show’s ship had a baby. A baby about to go where no one has gone before.

Star Trek: Discovery debuts September 24.

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Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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For one thing, you couldn’t really tell in this image that the saucer section had a double-ring, whereas it’s clearly got gaps in the new poster.

Which is a singularly stupid design, IMO.

Some well placed phaser fire or photon torpedos and you can cut off the inner ring from the outer one.