Star Trek Discovery Transporter Room, Other Sets Revealed

Discovery weapons up

Behind the Scenes Look

Star Trek fans have waited a long time for a new series to come to television.  In fact they have been waiting since 2005, when Enterprise finished its fourth season.

Star Trek Discovery, the sixth series (seventh if The Animated Series is included) in the 50+ year franchise, will air this coming September.

Today we got our best look yet into the new series, including a previously-unseen transporter room, Saru’s feet, and a few glimpses from behind the scenes.

Cast and crew in the transporter room (courtesy EW)
Cast and crew in the transporter room (courtesy EW)

Transporter Room

Today we get a good look at another one of Star Trek Discovery‘s transporter rooms.  This one as-yet unseen.  In contrast to the images released previously depicting the Shenzhou’s transporter room, this one offers a clean, sleek, and bright modernization to the traditional Star Trek transporter.  Given the large design difference to the Shenzhou’s, it’s likely these images depict a set from the USS Discovery itself.

Saru, Burnham, Stamets, and Tilly in the transporter room (courtesy EW)
Saru, Burnham, Stamets, and Tilly in the transporter room (courtesy EW)

Star Trek Discovery is shooting in Toronto at Pinewood Studio.  The studio boasts North America’s largest purpose-built sound stage.  That scale has translated into the transporter room’s set, which is a least double the size of those found aboard the Enterprise, Voyager, or any leading other starship.

The transporter room in Star Trek Discovery takes on a much grander scale (courtesy EW)
The transporter room in Star Trek Discovery takes on a much grander scale (courtesy EW)
Captain Lorca, Captain Georgiou, Lieutenant Tyler (courtesy EW)
Captain Lorca, Captain Georgiou, Lieutenant Tyler (courtesy EW)
Cadet Tilly, Captain Lorca, Lieutenant Stamets (courtesy EW)
Cadet Tilly, Captain Lorca, Lieutenant Stamets (courtesy EW)

Saru Towers

Speaking of size – during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Doug Jones demonstrated his hooved walk for the audience.  With arms rested back, he walked around the stage on the balls of his feet.  Normally a statuesque 6’4″, Jone’s character Saru reaches a height of 6’8″ – towering over the rest of the cast.

That height is clearly visible in this group photo where Saru appears a full head taller than any other character.

Crew poses for a photo in the transporter room (courtesy EW)
Crew poses for a photo in the transporter room (courtesy EW)

Women Leads

Sonequa Martin-Green plays the series lead of Commander Michael Burnham.

Raised by her adopted parents, Sarek and Amanda, Burnham has been under the guidance and mentor of Captain Philippa Georgiou for seven years.

More than any other characters, Georgiou and Burnham have become the focus of both scrutiny and praise surrounding the new series.  Not only are the captain and first officer women, a first in Star Trek, but they’re also both women of color.  Gerogriou even maintainers her accent in the series.  A tight bond exists between the two women in the show.

Commander Michael Burnham (left) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (right) (courtesy EW)
Commander Michael Burnham (left) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (right) (courtesy EW)
Commander Michael Burnham is the series lead (courtesy EW)
Commander Michael Burnham is the series lead (courtesy EW)
Burnham leads her subordinates (courtesy EW)
Burnham leads her subordinates (courtesy EW)

Signing Off

Crew signs-off with the traditional Vulcan greeting. (courtesy EW)
Crew signs-off with the traditional Vulcan greeting. (courtesy EW)

Of course it wouldn’t be a proper signoff without the traditional Vulcan hand salute of Live Long and Prosper.

Star Trek Discovery airs this September 24th on CBS All Access in the US, Space and CraveTV in Canada, and on Netflix on the 25th around the world.

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About Enrico Pastellio

Rico became a Star Trek fan after being introduced to it during Star Trek Enterprise's run. After finishing that series, he went back watching TNG, DS9, VOY, and most of the movies. He's a big fan of Star Trek (2009) for its action, but favors the cerebral nature of each tv series. When Rico first heard about the new Star Trek Discovery series (then just know as 'Star Trek'), he immediately wanted to start up a new site about the show. You can email him at enrico@ncc-1031.com.