Wednesday 19 July 2017

Discovery prop previews

Over the last few days CBS have released a series of short videos on the Star Trek: Discovery Twitter giving us an excellent up close look at several of the new props for the show. They have done a remarkable job finding a balance between retro design that pulls strongly on the original TOS props, will giving them a thorough update for the modern TV era. Continue below to check them all out:

I find the phaser most strikingly reminiscent of the original, so let start there. It has many of the sames lines as the original, and most delightfully features the era-specific triple-barrel of the The Cage laser pistol.

Then we've got the phase rifle, which seems more like an oversized hybrid f the phaser pistol and Enterprise-era weapons, rather than calling back to the distinctive triple-barrel TOS version - That said the long ribbed barrels running along it do subtly reflect some of that design too.

The communicator is thoroughly TOS, incorporating a little screen into the classic design. Like the phaser I find this reminiscent of the The Cage version of the prop, with the slightly chunkier cover than the main TOS era version.

The uniform badges are also featured. I'm not sure the split thing really adds much to the classic delta design, but it doesn't much detract from it either I suppose:

And one final video gives us a few flashes of the uniform, and a little look at the new tricorder; which manages to be a bit TOS while stile quite distinctive in its own right.

Star Trek: Discovery is due to start this September, and it will be distributed almost everywhere in the world on Netflix, except for the US where is will be available on CBS All Access, and Canada where it will be on Bell Media channels and services. To keep track of all the latest details from the new show, visit my Star Trek: Discovery guide page.

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