The long awaited premiere of Star Trek: Discovery is just around the corner, and we're getting our first good look at the titular Federation starship's bridge.
A prequel set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek series, Discovery's plot has largely been kept under wraps but it will chronicle a notable event in Starfleet's history involving the Klingons. Starring The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Discovery is upending several long established Star Trek tropes: Burnham, the series' main character, is not a commanding officer, and the series will feature the most highly serialized storytelling in the franchise's history.
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While Discovery is taking some liberties with what fans might expect from a Star Trek series, it's not completely abandoning the series' iconography. In a cover story for Variety, Discovery's bridge has been revealed in full. Check it out in the tweet below.
Star Trek: Discovery — who's making it, what it cost, and why it's on streaming instead of broadcast. https://t.co/EYuq2qXhxF
— Daniel Holloway (@gdanielholloway) August 29, 2017
The bridge is traditionally the primary set for a Star Trek series, and Discovery's is visually impressive. Decidedly more sprawling than the franchise's prior bridge sets, it has a sleek, militaristic look, if perhaps a little sterile when compared to the brightly colored, switch-and-dial aesthetic of the original series, or the festival of beige and wood paneling that made The Next Generation's Enterprise-D feel like an intergalactic living room. J.J. Abrams' reboot films featured a brightly lit, stylish Enterprise bridge that invoked the classic series' feel while updating the look for the standards of 21st century blockbuster filmmaking. Still, Discovery's bridge feels like a perfectly reasonable evolution of the series' primary setting, featuring enough iconic elements to offset its relatively colorless nature.
Discovery is embracing Star Trek's legacy in ways that go beyond just aesthetics. It was recently revealed that the human Commander Burnham was raised on Vulcan by Sarek, the father of franchise icon Spock. Sarek will be played by Gotham and Orphan Black veteran James Frain, and his relationship with Burnham will help define the character's status as an outsider. Discovery will also revisit another classic Trek character in the guise of Harry Mudd, a notorious con artist who proved a massive irritant to Captain Kirk and the Enterprise on more than one occasion. He'll be played by Rainn Wilson, best known for his role as the endlessly strange Dwight Schrute on The Office.
Discovery has long been hamstrung by massive production delays and rumors of behind the scenes clashes, the latter of which resulted in show creator Bryan Fuller departing before production began. With the film franchise's future is in limbo after Star Trek Beyond's soft box office performance, there's a lot riding on the series' success. We'll soon find out if Discovery is up to the task.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 on CBS. The remaining episodes will stream exclusively through CBS All-Access thereafter.