Full Trailer Breakdown: New Behind-the-Scenes Look at Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans who have been dying for the next look from the set of Star Trek: Discovery don’t need to wait any longer. CBS has released a minute-long video with some interesting shots of what the Discovery team is working on.

First, if you haven’t already seen it, check it out below. Then, read our full breakdown.

Star Trek: Discovery In Production Video Breakdown

The trailer first sets the stage for why Discovery exists at all. Flashing back to March 11, 1964, the trailer notes that this is the day that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry first envisioned what Star Trek was going to be. What follows is a collage of the various Star Trek series, and that they represented what it meant to be Star Trek. Now, Discovery is going to continue that tradition.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

We are then treated to quick glimpses of various production aspects of the show. First, we see a set under construction. While it is hard to determine what exactly this location in the show is, the tightness of the set suggests it night be a location from one of the ships in Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

The scene then quickly transitions to a shot of a director’s marker from the first episode. In the background, there appears to be a character operating a blue, Federation-esque console. Perhaps the Discovery‘s bridge?

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

The next notable glimpse is when the trailer announces that production has begun on the show. We see two alien-looking costumes, including chest and shoulder pieces with a prominent spikey design.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

Next, the exterior of the Discovery itself is shown from multiple angles, including the traditional “heroic” view of the ship. These models look akin to the short appearance of the ship we received at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

We next get a glance of what looks like an alien headpiece. The shot lasts for less than a second, but we see the back of an actor or production team member’s head as he wears the wired headset.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

Finally, we get a glance at the Federation uniforms worn by the crew of the Discovery. This shot shows the updated insignia, and gold stripes, which historically indicates a command uniform.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

We get another ship design here, albeit in wireframe, in the form of an unidentified Federation vessel (judging by the hull structure). While this is conjecture, the front of the ship contains what might be a deflector dish, reminiscent of Enterprise from Star Trek: Enterprise. The hull struts linking the saucer to the secondary hull is also reminiscent of that ship. Considering the show takes place between Enterprise and The Original Series, this kind of callback wouldn’t be unexpected.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

We next get a schematic of a bridge, although no clues are given as to which ship this might be.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

The construction of a set is shown next, and judging by the black arches and unusual walkway, it doesn’t seem to be a Federation ship. Several production members are shown, as well.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

Another set picture is next, showing a rotating light within a small, enclosed room.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

And finally, the famed captain’s chair, a hallmark of any Star Trek starship. This one is slightly reminiscent of Captain Kirk’s chair from TOS, at least from the two smooth bulky sides and what looks like control buttons on the arm rests. Possibility another callback to Discovery’s ancestry.

Star Trek: Discovery Production Video

The trailer ends with an updated logo from the show, with a higher-resolution insignia and title font. It’s worth noting that right at the end of the trailer, at the 0:57 mark, one could hear the distant sound of a cloaking device. Coincidence, or a subtle tease?

Did we miss anything? What do you think some of the set photos mean? Let us know in the comments!

Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan. A graduate student at the University of Maine, Kyle spends his time either doing school work, playing music, reading history, or immersing himself in a good video game.

You can follow Kyle on Twitter @khady93.

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  • Talos4

    Despite the producers’ insistence this show is going to focus on the character of Number One, I suspect the attention will gradually shift to the captain. The major decisions are made by the highest ranking officer, and unless they have a lot of action taking place off the ship, the captain would be the natural focus of the drama. The shot of what is apparently the captain’s chair at the end of the segment suggests this will be the case.

    • ncc-1031

      It may end up being both of those things. The main character is a Lieutenant Commander “with caveats”. Perhaps she’ll end up in the captains chair without the title of Captain.

    • AngrySLCMan

      Good point. TNG was originally supposed to revolve around Riker until it became apparent that Picard was also a worthy focus.

      However, a successful Star Trek show requires a strong ensemble cast, as episodes need to be able to focus on various characters without losing strength.

      • Tegan Bigone

        Oh, so THAT’S why Riker was an arrogant cranky moody bitch all the time! Now it makes sense.

  • Tod Abbott

    I wish they had brought back someone like Rick Sternbach to work on the ship design. I never liked that McQuarrie concept, mostly because it never seemed to fit with the vocabulary of other designs (though, admittedly, that was a very limited vocabulary when it was originally designed in the 70s). I do like it better than the Kelvin Universe ships, though.

    • Daniel Ireland

      I think that’s the general consensus in regards to the design of the Discovery. I’m hoping the look grows on me. Maybe some details about it’s history or purpose will give it more of a likable quality. We’ll just have to wait and see!

  • ncc-1031

    Kyle, you asked what you may have missed. We also put together a full in-depth analysis and we believe you missed that the set is actually a Klingon set – possibly the bridge of their main ship. Here’s our analysis of the trailer: http://ncc-1031.com/star-trek-discovery-trailer-analysis-review/

  • Anon the mouse

    Video only available in the US. Because clearly no-one else likes Star Trek… oh wait.

    • johnesh

      Good thing they broke it down for us then, so we don’t have to watch it.

  • Tegan Bigone

    STILL NOT GONNA PAY FOR A NETWORK TV SHOW WHEN I AM ALREADY PAYING CBS THROUGH MY CABLE BILL!!!! CBS can shove DISCOVERY up their money-sucking chocolate whizwang.

    • Joe Sullivan

      #WhinyLittleBitch

      • Queefer Sutherland

        How do you know he’s little?

      • Tegan Bigone

        #StupidCorproratePudSucker