There are a few things you may have missed in the latest Discovery trailer.
A new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery premiered at San Diego Comic-Con and with it came lots and lots of speculation. Here are 13 things we learned from the latest footage — some of which even eagle-eyed Trekkies may have missed:
1. Other Starfleet Ships in a Battle?
Early in the trailer, as Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is heard saying “All life is born from chaos,” we see the U.S.S. Europa presumably getting destroyed. It’s unclear whether this happens early on in the show, perhaps serving as an inciting incident for the Shenzhou’s involvement, or from the resulting war (more on that later). The same ship appears to show up again at the 1:44 mark.
2. Michael Burnham Survives
We see Burnham wake up in a section of the ship protected by force-fields (It doesn’t look like an escape pod, those can be seen at the 2:14 mark, but rather an emergency, makeshift life-saving measure). Could this be the destruction of the Starship Shenzhou?
3. Graffiti is Cool Now?
It doesn’t seem very Starfleet-like to burn your insignia into the side of a planet, but that appears to be what the Shenzhou did to this desert world.
4. Klingons Are In Disarray
Sarek (James Frain) is heard telling Burnham that, “The Klingon Empire has been in disarray for generations.” Last we saw the Klingons in Star Trek: Enterprise they were dealing with the effects of the augment virus and the creation of the smooth-headed Klingons. This may be this is the disarray of which Sarek speaks.
5. The Klingon Ships
This trailer gives us our first glimpses of Klingon ships. Much like the Klingon makeup and costumes, they all look to be newly designed for Discovery, though the one seen at around the 49-second mark looks to have the same basic ship as the Klingon D7 battlecruisers from the original series. And, apparently, they can land now (the 37-second mark).
6. Klingons Still Speak English?
Despite word out of SDCC that Klingons will speak their native tongue with subtitles on the show, the only Klingon we hear speak in this trailer does so in English. Perhaps they only do this when speaking to Federation members?
7. Evil Plants?
At the 56-second mark, Burnham enters a cargo bay or some other storage area with a lot of the same type of plant in it with a surprised yet frightened look on her face. Maybe Mudd’s cargo?
8. There’s New Way to Fly
Right before we see the Discovery go into warp (which looks really cool) we see Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) saying, “We are creating a new way to fly.” Perhaps this means the Discovery is powered by some new type of drive technology?
9. Menacing Mudd
Let’s be honest: Harry Mudd in TOS never really gave Kirk et al. a run for their money. Sure, he was a hindrance, but that was about it. In just two lines from Rainn Wilson’s Mudd, he seems more sinister and menacing than his counterpart ever was.
10. Burnham: A Warmonger?
Towards the end of the trailer, Captain Lorca says to Burnham, “You helped start a war. Don’t you want to help me end it?” Based on the last trailer, Burnham at one point steps up and fights a Klingon one-on-one. Somewhere in all that, it seems as if something she or someone else on the Shenzhou did rub the Klingons the wrong way and a war breaks out.
11. Jefferies Tubes are Back!
It wouldn’t be Star Trek without someone crawling around in the Jefferies Tubes.
At SDCC we learned that Burnham is Spock’s adopted sister and was raised on Vulcan by Sarek and Amanda. There was a brief shot of young Burnham in the previous trailer, and here we get two more: one at the 1:36 mark as Sarek approaches and looks to be rescuing an unconscious Burnham, and another at the, very briefly, at around the 2:13 mark, with what looks to be a mind-meld being performed on Burnham. This all suggests at flashbacks might be prevalent throughout the show.
13. Burnham’s Fight Doesn’t Go So Well
The trailer ends, ominously, with Burnham in her space suit adrift in space with a cracked helmet. We know from the last trailer that she wears that helmet when fighting a Klingon one-on-one. Looks like the Klingons won.
The cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou) Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), James Frain (Sarek), and Shazad Latif (Kol), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Sam Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd).
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Andrew Cardinale is from a Boston suburb where he works in IT. When he’s not doing something Star Trek related, he writes, follows local sports and listens to far too many podcasts.
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