“Star Trek Discovery” Sparing No Expense on Tech & Gadgets

Communicator in Star Trek Discovery (CBS)

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Updated July 19 13:33:00 GMT

Star Trek: Discovery, the latest television series in the 50 year old Star Trek franchise, is slated to air late September on steaming services.  After nearly a year of delays and the loss of the show’s creator, hype and anxiety surrounding the new series has brought fans to the brink of a frenzy on social media.

Ownership of Star Trek is split between Paramount, who has rights to the franchise movies, and CBS who owns the rights to the television shows.  Thanks to a lucrative licensing deal with Netflix in 188 countries, Discovery has been been given a $7-$8 million budget per-episode on what CBS sees as being one of its greatest assets.

Treknology Gets Real

Star Trek Discovery recently released its first official trailer and it was immediately clear what kind of impact the large-scale budget can have on the series.  The sets, costumes, and visuals are all top-notch.

Earlier today, CBS posted a short video to Twitter promoting the show’s scheduled appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 event.  Among those expected to appear at the event are Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Doug Jones (Saru), Shazad Latif (Lieutenant Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Stamets), and James Frain (Sarek, Spock’s father). In addition, executive producers Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman will also be in appearance.  The Star Trek Discovery panel will be moderated by Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd).

It’s a really short promotional video, but one of the types of things fans of Star Trek are known to go gaga over.

Technology in Star Trek has always been something to pay attention to.  Its known for having a predictive nature.  As for its device in the video – it’s known as a Communicator.  With a design that fits the bill for being a 23rd century device, the reported large-scale Discovery budget takes Star Trek gadgetry to the next level.  Something that was previously exclusively within the domain of theatrical releases.

Phasers to Stun 1

As a follow up, CBS put out another short video – this time featuring a phaser.  Again, the build quality and craftsmanship of the device looks superb.

Closeups of the video reveal that series showrunners, while drawing upon inspiration from Star Trek: The Original Series, are updating the props with a more modern design.

Phasers to Stun 2

CBS also put out this short video of another phaser.

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Cassius Adams is the creator of ncc-1031.com and is a content contributor. He has been a Star Trek fan for nearly three decades. Cassius discovered his passion for the franchise early into TNG's run, and nourished that passion throughout DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies. Cassius can be reached by emailing cass@ncc-1031.com or you can follow him on Twitter at @supercass