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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 designs and the visual style of the 1960s. Regarding the production design, only the handheld Starfleet devices such as the tricorder, communicator and the phasers fit into the visual continuity of TOS. Everything else was heavily retconned, such as the starships, none of which looks remotely like a 23rd century design, 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

Archive

Recent EAS Updates
  • 23 Jul 2017
    A personal note on the coverage of Discovery at EAS, which will have to wait some time.
  • 21 Jul 2017
    I have summarized the latest news on Discovery costumes, props, make-ups and ships, along with a couple of comments.
  • 17 Jul 2017
    Here are two more reviews of Voyager's season 4, "The Raven" and "Scientific Method". Two of the better episodes in the arguably best season of the series.
  • 02 Jul 2017
    In a second brand new article related to the one about the shuttle Alice, we show the various Redresses of the Type-9 Shuttle Cockpit that were created for other Starfleet shuttles, but also for some alien ships in Star Trek Enterprise.
  • 01 Jul 2017
    Jörg and I have completed a new article about the Redresses of Alice. We investigate how the life-size mock-up and how the CG model was modified for the Arkonian shuttle and the Tellarite shuttle that appeared in Star Trek Enterprise.
  • 27 Jun 2017
    Discovery is being filmed in 2:1 aspect ratio, and Jonathan Frakes will return to Star Trek to direct an episode of the new series. Read the news and my comments.
  • 26 Jun 2017
    New Poll: What do you think of the redesigned Klingons in Discovery?
  • 19 Jun 2017
    CBS has announced the premiere dates for Star Trek Discovery: September 24 on CBS Television, CBS All Access and Space Channel, September 25 on Netflix. After that, a new episode will be released on the streaming channels every week, in two chapters. The first eight episodes will run until November 5/6. The season will then resume with the second chapter debuting in January 2018.
  • 16 Jun 2017
    Two more reviews of Voyager's season 4, "Nemesis" and "Revulsion". Not exactly two great episodes, but quite interesting to watch again after many years.
  • 05 Jun 2017
    Here are the reviews of the first two regular episodes of Voyager's season 4, "The Gift" and "Day of Honor".
Latest Comments on EAS Articles
  • 25 Jul 2017

    If you're breeding from a shallow gene pool, some attributes get accentuated quite quickly by what is effectively selective breeding (look to dogs for the rapid (hundreds of years) timescale that you can introduce quite extreme physical variation into populations). The big change we're seeing, is that these Klingons are bald which accentuates the enlarged cranium whereas our familiar ridged Klingons favour wild hair which could have concealed quite a bit in any case.

  • 24 Jul 2017

    Yes, it is. And the internet is evenly divided between those who recognize the visual and conceptual flaws, and those who attack those who recognize the visual and conceptual flaws. 'Fun times'...

  • 24 Jul 2017

    It seems Olympic Games don't exist in the 23rd century any longer.

  • 24 Jul 2017

    True, the colour choice is odd, especially bronze vs gold. Also that it's usually associated with places #1, #2 and #3, and I don't think operations and sciences are on a different level...

    And yes, the props are just right. Well, I suppose the tricorder still looks a bit archaic, considering that we have smaller smartphones capable of doing much the same things now, but it's good for the continuity.

  • 24 Jul 2017

    "Crisis on Infinite Treks" I like it! Good one!

  • 24 Jul 2017

    I respect and admire your position on Discovery. It may turn out that your position on Discovery may produce the best coverage after all. Personally, I couldn't get a feel for the series from the trailer. Watching it, I feel like I know less about the show than before. Weird feeling. I'm a little sad that it seems Michelle Yeoh won't be sticking around. I like her.

  • 24 Jul 2017

    Kang thinks the word we are looking for is "reboot".

  • 24 Jul 2017

    Um; the "ancient house" explanation does not hold. Not unless said house has been isolated for two or three million years. The difference in cranial structure is as far from previous versions of Klingons as Peking man is from homo sap.

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