Early Set Designs
In the summer of 2016, early design images found their way onto the Internet that were created either by an associate of Mark Worthington, or by his studio. The renderings were of a “Klingon Sarcophagus ship” – as was written on one of the images.
While they were made public by accident and quickly retracted from Worthington’s site, the images gave us our first peek into what Star Trek Discovery could be about, just by the nature of the ship.
For those unfamiliar with the word sarcophagus, here’s a quick description right from wikipedia.
“A sarcophagus is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved in stone, and usually displayed above ground, though it may also be buried.” Think mummies.
Here are those images
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Rendering to Production
Here, we’ve compared the image of the ship’s interior with the Discovery set construction at Pinewoods Studios Toronto. There is a clear resemblance, and we are convinced this set is based on the rendering. (we talk about the Klingon set more here)
Klingon Sarcophagus in Discovery Trailer
Now that we’ve seen the first trailer for Star Trek Discovery, we know that the premise of a sarcophagus ship has made it through to the final show. In the trailer, there is a clear shot of at least one sarcophagus. We’re unsure of who is belongs to or that it is even occupied.
This type of Klingon ship has not been shown on in any Star Trek television series or movie.
Of immediate notice is how dark this ship appears to be. Klingons have always had their rituals and ceremonies, but the Klingon Sarcophagus ship takes that a step further. The entire purpose of the ship seems to be one of ritual.