New “Star Trek Discovery” Footage & Alien Captain of Shenzhou?

This may be a new look at the Klingon Obelisk

New Footage of Klingons

CBS has been releasing 30-second promotional clips for the upcoming Star Trek Discovery television series to social media for weeks now.  Most of the videos have consisted either of footage we’ve already seen or of footage that won’t be in the series itself.  Today they’ve given us something new to chew on.

In the teaser released today (see below), named “Beyond the Stars”, we get some glimpses of new space vessels and a hint that one of the Starfleet starships, possibly the USS Shenzhou, gets captained by an alien.

Here’s the Beyond the Stars teaser:

There are two new clips showing alien starships which appear to be the Klingon Obelisk we first learned about at the Star Trek Discovery Exhibit during the San Diego ComicCon this year.  The purpose of the Obelisk starship is unclear.

This may be a new look at the Klingon Obelisk
This may be a new look at the Klingon Obelisk
This may be a new look at the Klingon Obelisk
This may be a new look at the Klingon Obelisk

Here are a few concept art views of the Klingon Obelisk featured in the Star Trek Discovery Exhibit.

Alien Captain of USS Shenzhou?

There’s another detail that we’ve peeled out of the teaser that we haven’t seen before.

Towards the second half of the video, there’s a brief shot of a Starfleet starship bridge with the view screen blanked out in bright white.  A close looks reveals that the individual in the captain’s chair is not human.

The ship appears to be the USS Shenzhou given the captain’s chair appears to be the same design and the actor on the left looks to be Keyla Detmer (played by Emily Coutts), Helmswoman aboard the Shenzhou.

This can be seen in the repeating animation below, taken from the teaser.  There are either tentacles, large ears, or some other alien feature on the person’s head.  We believe this hints to Captain Philippa Georgiou being either severely injured or possibly even killed.

Here, we’re looking closely at the head of the person in the captain’s chair.

An alien captaining the USS Shenzhou?
An alien captaining the USS Shenzhou?

Could it be Captain Lorca?

A few months ago, Jason Isaacs posted an image of him to his social media account.  In that picture he is undergoing full head-mask makeup fitting and preparation.  It’s unclear why an actor playing a human character would need full head makeup.

Originally posted to Jason Isaac's instagram account (but since removed), Captain Lorca gets his makeup on
Originally posted to Jason Isaac’s instagram account (but since removed), Captain Lorca gets his makeup on

Star Trek Discovery airs September 24th on CBS All Access (USA) and Space channel (Canada), and on September 25th on Netflix (rest of world) and on CraveTV (Canada).

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