First off let me address the 800 pound gorilla in the room: I know a lot of fans are having fits of apoplexy about the look and feel of Discovery. That's because they're locked into fitting this into existing Star Trek lore. To them, I say this: don't. Liberate your minds from old. See this series for what it is – a reboot of the Star Trek franchise. But CBS says it's ten years before Kirk and Spock, huh? Well, apparently they aren't quite the Kirk and Spock we know. Once you accept that, all things are possible. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, right? Pretty sure I heard that somewhere.
And now, back to our story! Let's start with the basics. Phasers! Click for larger images.
|Image on left care of Jonathan Frakes himself! Greg Jein, right image.|
The emitter nozzle has an interesting detail – three different-sized emitters. Some have said it looks like an old-time movie camera (it does), but more importantly it emulates the nozzle from the Laser Pistol from the first Star Trek pilot made in 1965, The Cage.
|both images: CBS|
Next up is the ever-present Communicator. This design is based on the TOS original, emulating what Kirk and Spock used on landing parties and are instantly identifiable as such.
|left: Startrek.com / Right: CBS|
As for that center section, it apparently does stuff that we've never seen before. Lookee what's inside:
|left: Startrek.com / right: Wah Ming Chang|
|left: Richard Coyle / right: unknown|
|top: Startrek.com / bottom: Heritage Auctions|
So that's it for Starfleet tech. Check out part 2 for more from SDCC.