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23 Jul 2017

Discovery Coverage at EAS

It has been a long and sometimes bumpy road from the first announcement of a new Star Trek TV series in November 2015, but now Discovery is only two months away. After a long time of uncertainty about the direction of the show, it is now clear that Discovery takes place ten years before Kirk and Spock, that it is supposedly set in the Prime Universe as it existed before Nero showed up and that it will tell an ongoing story with heavy Klingon involvement.

No one could have seriously expected that Discovery would go back to the coarse set and prop finish and to the visual effects of the 1960s. But Discovery does a lot more than just giving the era a visual update. Regarding the production design, only the handheld Starfleet devices such as the tricorder, communicator and the phasers fit into the continuity of TOS. Everything else was heavily retconned, such as the starships, none of which looks remotely like one from the 23rd century, and the interior design that is like in the Abrams films. And all this is still nothing compared to what was done to the Klingons. The very look of the species as well as their whole styling and technology was altered far beyond recognition and far beyond what might have been an acceptable update.

It remains to be seen whether Discovery has the spirit of Star Trek in spite of everything, and whether I will be able to find this spirit in an ongoing war story with ongoing character conflicts. The series may still surprise me. Right now, I absolutely hate the design decisions and the visual overkill in the SDCC trailer puts me off. It likely won't be my kind of Star Trek. Still, I'm not going on a crusade against Discovery. I will just keep a critical distance to the series, which, like the Abramsverse, does not fit into the established continuity and which, for me, may not become a desirable vision of the future.

Discovery has to be and will be covered at EAS just as every other canon part of the franchise, quite possibly with something like a "Reboot" tag. But not any time before the end of the first season. People will put me under pressure, saying "Bernd Schneider ignores Discovery at EAS because he hates it". I know this moaning just too well from the time just after "Star Trek (2009)". But the actual reason for me to take a backseat is a different one. Maintaining this website in my spare time is very demanding, even without a controversial new series on air. Collecting evidence from Discovery episodes and gradually updating the site (sometimes back and forth) will be extremely time-consuming and impossible besides my various professional and private commitments, not to mention occasional health issues. It has to wait until I can do it in an economical fashion, or the pressure to keep the whole site updated will be too much for me.

Please respect that until further notice I can't do anything more than review the Discovery episodes. There will be

  • No articles specifically on Discovery
  • No Discovery-related updates to articles
  • No discussions about Discovery's continuity with me
  • No exceptions even for "popular" topics

Bernd Schneider


Recent EAS Updates
  • 15 Sep 2017
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  • 14 Sep 2017
    Worf is on a quest for his father, and so is Data, in a manner of speaking. See our Observations in TNG: "Birthright I". Our friends at TrekCore have the complete HD screen cap gallery of the episode.
  • 11 Sep 2017
    Only 12 days left. Here is my perhaps final news round-up with a summary of recent media coverage on Discovery and my comments.
  • 09 Sep 2017
    I have also prepared the site structure for the Discovery episode guide and reviews. There is nothing to see yet, but the new section will give Discovery the same coverage as all other Star Trek series and films. And one more thing, for Discovery the abbreviation DIS (not DSC) will be used at EAS. This is not meant derisive but in line with VOY (not VGR) and ENT (not ETP). Memory Alpha beat me to it and already uses the same notation.
  • 09 Sep 2017
    It was and still is my intention not to analyze Discovery at EAS before the series is on air. But since the media and many fans welcome the totally new look of the Klingons and inept explanation attempts abound, here is my article on the new Klingons that I have been holding back so far.
  • 04 Sep 2017
    Only 19 days left until the launch of Star Trek Discovery. Here is a news round-up on the USS Discovery bridge and other set designs of the upcoming series.
  • 02 Sep 2017
    New Poll: The launch of Discovery is only three weeks away. Will you watch it?
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  • 27 Aug 2017
    "Time's up." Here is my extended review of the exciting two-part episode "Year of Hell". Still an absolute favorite after almost 20 years.
  • 18 Aug 2017
    36 days left until the pilot episode of the new series. I have compiled another Discovery news round-up, with details about Michael Burnham, a new trailer and my comment on Jason Isaacs's statement about die-hard fans.
Latest Comments on EAS Articles
  • 21 Sep 2017

    I just saw a news article suggesting that Frakes had let slip a mirror universe episode? It seems a little early to be doing that as one out of a 13-(?) episode season in the first season (albeit, it is a Star trek tradition to pull out a 'see all the characters different' episode in the first season, before the characters are well-established enough for the audience to truly appreciate the differences...)

    Just makes me wonder if the dark, seemingly-psychotic Harry Mudd we saw in the trailer, lacking any of Roger Carmel's boisterous geniality, might turn out to be mirror Mudd? That could go a long way toward fixing the characterization... (now if only the Klingons could be explained away that easily!)

  • 21 Sep 2017

    Looks like a possibility. I'll check it in the moving scene.

  • 21 Sep 2017

    The fingerprints on the reflective surface of the pyramid are actually a reflection of Worf's sash.

  • 18 Sep 2017

    And, you know, you can make new sub-site (like that one that you have about fanfilms), about Trek parodies and rip offs (The Orville, the magnificent Galaxy Quest, Pigs in Space, Turkish Star Trek, Andromeda, maybe Babylon 5 with it's spin offs).

  • 17 Sep 2017

    Yea, the bridge looks fine. Blue and black is fine too, looks very much like the colour scheme of the Normandy from Mass Effect.
    Not sure about holocommunications, though... You get the same problem ENT used to have at times, why did that sort of technology get "abandoned" in the later series... If anything, the only time we have seen holocommunications was in ENT, but that was shown to be technology from the far future.
    And indeed blaming ENT for restricting the series is dumb; they're blaming themselves for setting the series in such a timeframe rather than setting it post-DS9, like everyone hoped it would be.
    Well, hopefully the overengineered Klingons will be restricted to the pilot. The explanation is OK too. If they're just a cult, they won't care about space fighting efficiency either. We'll just have to wait and see.

  • 15 Sep 2017

    Piling all of their dead on the hull must just absolutely trash their warp field efficiency. Kang could likely outrun that thing on foot. This is what happens when Goth Klingons build warships.

  • 15 Sep 2017

    A quick thought (obviously at the moment we're operating from very limited data). The Discovery Klingons we have pictures of are all House T'Kuvma apart from Kol of House Kor. House T'Kuvma seem relatively consistent (baring skin tone and ridge patterns) in the appearance of the side of their heads, but Kol has a series of indentations following a ridge line the others do not, and at least to my eyes (baring skin tone) looks more like a "shaved" classic ridged Klingon than the others, but definitely a "House" variation on the Discovery style. Perhaps the intention is that we should be able to distinguish House now not only differences in costume (most notable) but other characteristics as well.

    I suppose one question to ask ourselves, is it wasn't for the fact that we knew Chang was a Klingon in TUC (and without identifying trefoils on his eyepatch) seeing his face out of context with the other Klingons etc, would we have said "He must be a Klingon!" despite the fact he lacks the pronounced ridges we were familiar with, plus the wild hair. I suspect we would have thought "He's probably a Klingon" given it's Star Trek, but he could be any one of Westmore's "bum headed" aliens of the week.

    I actually find the TMP Klingons quite hard to reconcile with their appearances thereafter (the ridge works in a very different manner to what follows, being an extension of the spine from around the back of the skull), but we are not allowed the luxury of denying these are Klingons.

  • 15 Sep 2017

    That is certainly possible.
    Would make sense.

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