The Star Trek: Discovery Logo Gets An Update

Star Trek: Discovery may not have a premiere date just yet, but it does have a new logo.

The new Star Trek series, which is currently filming in Toronto, received some updated branding on Monday night. First seen on the series’ official Facebook page and later rolled out to its Twitter account, the update includes a refreshed and more-rounded version of the Starfleet insignia. The updated insignia is still split in half but now shows the two pieces overlapping, rather than separated.

Take a look at the update below.

Comparison: Old vs. New Star Trek: Discovery Logo
L: 2016 Star Trek: Discovery logo R: 2017 Star Trek: Discovery logo

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS later this year. That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the U.S. on the video streaming service CBS All Access.

Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry will act as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) and Kirsten Beyer serving as a writers and consulting producers. Stepping in for Bryan Fuller as co-showrunners are Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.

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  • Larry

    This logo makes no sense. It is the Enterprise insignia adopted by Star Fleet far later. More evidence this is going to suck.

    • Tegan Bigone

      EXACTLY! Every starship had its own insignia until the exploits of Kirk’s crew convinced Starfleet to adopt the Enterprise Delta insignia for ALL of Starfleet. No ships before Enterprise would have had the Delta.

      • Larry

        “until the exploits of Kirk’s crew convinced Starfleet to adopt the Enterprise Delta insignia for ALL of Starfleet.”

        Well, at least that is what they say. Probably the people who made the movies didn’t know beans about what the swoosh was either. Yes, in TOS some characters appeared with the Enterprise insignia on other ships – but that was due to budget and re-use of uniforms. I would think we could do better today.

        Any person who payed even the slightest attention to the canon would know this. Marketers probably pushed for it to tie it to the good Trek. Sigh.

        • SteveRanden

          *paid

    • Hans Cronau

      You really got my interest with this factoid, so I’ve been reading up on my Memory Alpha. I believe that you’re not entirely correct.
      The recent movies show that in the prime universe the USS Kelvin and USS Franklin both had variations of the delta/arrowhead as their assignment patches. These ships predate the USS Enterprise (TOS) and the Enterprise (ENT) respectively.

      If you don’t acknowledge the Kelvin movies, there was also the UESPA probe Friendship 1 (VOY), which predated all four ships mentioned above and which already displayed a delta emblem on its hull. The delta can thus be associated with the UESPA, while the five-pointed star, which is worn by the command division and which you’ll also find in some other assignment patches, can be traced back to MACO. Both the UESPA and MACO were agencies of United Earth, as was a young Starfleet. When the United Federation of Planets was formed, MACO was disbanded and Starfleet came under the authority of the Federation, while the UESPA kept (partial) jurisdiction over Starfleet Command. This is where ENT left us and where DIS would have to pick up somewhere (supposedly 10 years) before TOS.

      Given their previous use of the delta, the UESPA’s involvement may serve as an explanation as to how several ships received some variation of the delta assignment patch before the USS Enterprise did. After Kirk’s five year mission, Starfleet Command adopted the insignia, phasing out assignment patches during a period of several major uniform changes (TMP, WOK). The UESPA is still mentioned as an involved party at the end of the 23th century (GEN).

      To conclude I think that given the current canon the USS Discovery’s assignment patch is plausible. It may simply mean that the trend of using delta insignias started before the USS Enterprise made it such a hit. Starfleet adopting the insignia may be the final step of the trend. Of course I will grant that the extra vertical line and the use of glossy and matte materials make for very little difference with the USS Enterprise’s assignment patch. On the other hand we know of at least three insignias that came before the USS Discovery’s which also showed very little difference. We also know of other assignment patches using the same MACO star, which may very well indicate that division symbols have become common at the time of DIS and TOS.

      Edit:
      The above is what I could make out of Memory Alpha. Initially I wanted to add that you may be entirely correct that at the time of filming TOS the idea was for the delta shape to only be the USS Enterprise’s assignment patch. However, it was then pointed out to me that that’s also not entirely true. As it turns out this all started with a production error. Appearently the different insignias originally corresponded to a type of assignment: the Enterprise insignia actually being the general starship insignia. After the TOS costume department accidentally created a unique insignia for the USS Constellation, Gene Roddenberry would have pointed out that “all starship personnel wear the starship emblem that we have established for our Enterprise crew members to wear.” There are some interesting details, such TOS initially not hiding the insignias worn by the USS Defiant’s crew to avoid further confusion and the USS Ariel crew wearing the same insignia as the USS Enterprise in TAS. In the end some starships did indeed receive unique insignias within the canon, but the idea that the delta was unique to the USS Enterprise and later adopted by Starfleet remains a fan interpretation. Search the Internet for the quote above to find more interesting info about this.

      Props if you’ve read up to here. My previous conclusion was that the DIS insignia doesn’t necessarily conflict with Star Trek’s canon. Now also consider that the delta being unique to the Enterprise is just a fan assumption. Wouldn’t it then be really unfair to judge the production behind DIS for using a variation of an iconic insignia, which was put in Star Trek history by several series and films well before DIS did? Hey, at least they did make a variation.

  • Tim

    Guys, instead of pooping on the series before it is even seen, why don’t you stop pre-judging it.

    • Larry

      My opinion doesn’t really matter anyways. I will watch the one free episode and that is it. Paying for Netflix or Amazon is one thing, but paying for a single channel which will be mostly reruns of what was free over the air is not on my list of things to waste money on, so I wont see the rest of the series anyways.

  • NikolaiG

    Why is Discovery using the insignia of the Enterprise as its symbol? This only became the Federation-wide symbol after Kirk’s 5 year mission.

  • Richard

    Are people saying they would rather have a brand new, original symbol to represent Star Trek? That would be a horrible alternative. I accept the delta shield here as revised canon because I want to see that symbol on everything Trek.

  • Malthus

    I won’t watch this abortion if they paid me to do it. The new people destroy everything they touch.