The internet is abuzz with anticipation today ahead of CBS’s ‘upfront’ presentation this afternoon – their annual event showcasing the company’s upcoming shows for advertisers – and the hope that we’ll get our first real look at Star Trek: Discovery.

Ahead of today’s big event, CBS has shared their very first production photo from the forthcoming Star Trek series (released through EW), featuring the Shenzhou captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) along with fellow Starfleet officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in heavy-duty desert gear.

Captain Philippa Georgiou and first officer Michael Burnham in the desert. (CBS)

It’s not quite clear from the photo where the pair are located – perhaps planet Vulcan? – but each seems to have on hand the expected Starfleet gear, with flip-style communicators and a tricorder large enough to require a carrying-case.

Pre-TOS Starfleet gear: communicator and tricorder.

In another surprise, EW reports that this scene (and others yet to come) was actually filmed on location in Jordan! 

Stay tuned this afternoon for what is to be a big day for Star Trek: Discovery news!

  • Tone

    Meh.

  • Mo Ped Jones

    Cue the male chauvinist whiners in 5…4…3…2…1.

    • Victor Potter

      Still waiting……

    • pittrek

      What male chauvinist whiners? Are you speaking about a different “Star” franchise?

    • William

      and waiting…

    • Tone

      yawn…

  • James Cawley

    Looks like Star Wars to me! Jedi anyone!!

    • Victor Potter

      Reminds me of the desert uniforms in enterprise.

      • Benjamin Stock

        Phew… I thought I was the only one…

        • Victor Potter

          I always enjoyed seeing “special duty” uniforms, but I remember Sulu being in some planetary snowstorm and McCoy telling Kirk that his (normal TOS gold shirt) would protect him. That way, they didn’t have to budget for a winter conditions uniform lol.

    • Xandercom

      Exactly what I said. The gritty and raw Star Wars: Discovery is in full swing.

      • GhostLoveScore

        Does this seem like Star wars to you? Because this is Undiscovered country . One would say that the movie sucks and that it doesn’t look like Star trek. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a86721db2f83c51469ee707fdc668e71cb9aeb70d0ca81ea041f4d36d06a84a2.jpg

        • Xandercom

          Ahh yes, the TOS crap this appears to be aimed at. The fanboys are having a field day!

          • Eric Cheung

            DS9 had desert gear for “Shadows and Symbols.” Frankly TNG could have used that gear in “Final Mission,” which certainly had grit anyway. ENT had plenty of desert scenes, and specialized gear for that. The more specialized gear for away missions, the better.

          • Xandercom

            DS9 had replicators to give out any clothing on demand. This is pre-replicators, so I suppose every officer must have a wardrobe of gear for every environment, doubled up again in escape pods. hmm….

          • Eric Cheung

            Ships today don’t have replicators, yet their quartermasters keep crew wardrobes fully stocked. And technically, we don’t know that non-food replicators weren’t in their early stages yet.

          • Xandercom

            What are you talking about? Since when did you see an ocean ship with uniforms for the ice caps, lava lakes, high air pressure, low air pressure, no air pressure, aqua, vacuum, deserts, etc etc for every crewmember on board tailored to their shape, size and form, and of course from multiple species? Damn, the quartermaster on Discovery is going to need another crewed starship just to get his job done before people start being killed through exposure!

          • Tuskin38

            I don’t think this is starfleet issue, look at their ‘googles’ they don’t match. I think it is just ‘blending in’ gear.

          • Eric Cheung

            Either way, I’m guessing the quartermaster fashioned something for the mission. I’m glad they’re properly prepared, when compared to their gear and uniforms in other shows where they usually just show up in standard duty uniforms.

    • Charles Baxter

      Honestly, there are only so many ways you can use that type of fabric to be effective in the desert. It’s a variation of a style that’s been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years…

  • Christopher Roberts

    Vulcanian Expedition anyone?.

  • Sykes

    Looks good. Can’t wait for more.

  • pittrek

    Well finally something. But this? I mean I hope this is not a still from a finished episode, they look like they’re standing in front of a green screen. Not to mention it’s simply ugly.
    I was hoping for a closer look at things like uniforms, sets, final design of the Discovery…

    • The EW article mentions that this was shot on location in Jordan but admittedly it does look like the actors aren’t really there.

      • pittrek

        I just read it too. Weird, right? It really looks like they’re poorly composited into a CG background

        • Xandercom

          There’s some added CGI lightning too.
          Is this the state of the post production in the pilot?

          • Tone

            Yep, looks like old school cgi lightning.

          • Xandercom

            I could knock that up in After Effects in 30 seconds

          • Tone

            How true that is. Hopefully the rest of the effects are better. They certainly cannot get any worse than the ship preview trailer.

          • Tuskin38

            The Pilot isn’t out until the fall, they still have time to refine.

        • Also noticing to the right of the photo – trying to work out if that is some kind of flare going up into the sky or a weapon exploding. Got me thinking about those season 4 episodes of Enterprise on Vulcan where Archer was shown the vision of Vulcan’s past.

      • Bifash

        I suspect the sky has been touched up behind them. Not unusual for sci-fi fare. Nothing to worry about I imagine.

        • Cabo 5150

          Agreed.

          Digital manipulation of live action footage/locations is widespread and commonplace in most shows – even if the viewer doesn’t realise it.

          In a show like Star Trek, I’d only be shocked if they didn’t do it.

  • Xandercom

    Looks like the god awful Star Wars prequel movies. You know the ones, where everything is beaten up and rusty to make it look authentic. Is this the grit we’ve heard so much about?

    • GhostLoveScore

      You can’t really judge how the entire show will be based on just this one photo.

      • Xandercom

        One would have thought the first photo release would contain something that did.

      • Gene

        Of course you can. This is the internet! 😀

    • Cabo 5150

      Xandercom, for someone who’s self-admittedly “done” with DSC, you certainly seem to be devouring every morsel of news/information with rabid intensity.

      Here’s your exact quote from a previous thread…

      I’m done with pre-production enthusiasm, I’m done with disappointment, and I’m done with stupid production direction and all-round showboating of the Star Trek brand by idiots who want to turn it in to something different.

      • Xandercom

        Set your sights low and you can still be dissapointed

        • Cabo 5150

          But… you’re “done” with it.

          Your continued commentary on subsequent news concerning the show is self-contradictory to your previous statement.

          Remember, you stated…

          I’m done with stupid production direction

          And yet, here you are, commenting on the production? Oh dear, I must say, you’re incredibly consistent in your inconsistency.

          • Xandercom

            Set your sights low and you can still be disappointed.

          • Cabo 5150

            You’re continuing to follow and comment on a show you have publicly and melodramatically declared you are “done” with…

            I’m done with pre-production enthusiasm, I’m done with disappointment, and I’m done with stupid production direction and all-round showboating of the Star Trek brand by idiots who want to turn it in to something different.

            Self-contradictory, inconsistent, illogical – yup.

            Masochist/troll/clown? Who knows.

          • Xandercom

            Ever slowed down to look at a car crash?

          • Cabo 5150

            You clearly stated you were “done” DSC.

            You have subsequently reversed your decision – straining your already wafer-thin “credibility” to breaking point.

            Again, you are self-contradictory and inconsistent.

          • Xandercom

            I love Star Trek. I come to this site most days.
            Discovery, not so much. I hate it, and yes you may quote me on that in future good sir!

            Any more trolling me, or are you done today? I’m here all week folks!

          • Cabo 5150

            Merely pointing out your blatant self-contraction and irrationality reference your previous comment on being “done” with DSC.

            You’ve clearly reversed that decision, but are patently uncomfortable with having that fact highlighted – that is not “trolling”.

            On that subject, perhaps you might like to review some of your previous commentary to both myself and other posters here – rude, uncalled for and straight up mean invective’s doled out simply because your priori “judgements” on DSC are challenged.

          • Xandercom

            You’re not merely pointing out anything, you’re trolling, and quite badly too.
            Have another go, I’ll check it out and give you a mark out of 10.

          • Cabo 5150

            Your ego is really quite fragile isn’t it.

            You’ve simply flip-flopped on a previous statement in order to continue with your pointless diatribes and self-admitted priori “hate” for DSC.

            Deal with it, and move on.

          • Xandercom

            I’d give that a 6, still a lot of room for improvement.
            Want to take another shot?

          • Cabo 5150

            Nope, stating fact is not trolling.

            Again, here’s your exact quote reference being “done” with DSC.

            I’m done with pre-production enthusiasm, I’m done with disappointment, and I’m done with stupid production direction and all-round showboating of the Star Trek brand by idiots who want to turn it in to something different.

            The fact you are here continuing to comment on the show is self-contradictory.

          • Xandercom

            Oooh, just a 5 for that one I’m afraid.
            Do you know what you did wrong? Feedback is essential for you to add more value to your trolling activities.

          • Cabo 5150

            You can continue to deflect from your irrationality for as long as you wish. But your actions are here for all to see.

          • Xandercom

            To be honest I’m even reading mate, replying so you can get it out of your system and get on with your day!
            You’re welcome 🙂

          • Tuskin38

            Why don’t you just block him?

          • Cabo 5150

            I wasn’t aware you could do that with Disqus.

          • Tuskin38

            Yep, click on his username, then click on the ‘…’ next to it in the new window and hit block user.

            http://i.imgur.com/rs7hBf7.png (using your profile as an example)

          • Cabo 5150

            Thanks for that, Tuskin38, I’ll certainly take it under advisement.

            I am reticent to do so for two reasons, however. I wouldn’t want any aspersions on my character to go unchallenged should any poster choose to so, and, frankly, I believe confronting certain comments is simply the right thing to do if one believes them to be wildly inaccurate or defamatory.

          • Dasjerm

            It’s better than a 6. Your scoring system is flawed to say the least. If pointing out truths to you is trolling you need a good dictionary and perhaps a Valium as you’re clearly to excited to be using the internet on a regular basis. I suggest knitting. Just have a partner ready to keep you from stabbing yourself in the face. A common knitting mishap.

          • Xandercom

            Ooh another account 🙂

          • Dasjerm

            Reading you comments is like a car crash, so yes

          • Xandercom
  • Mrs Broccoli

    SW 😀

  • Cabo 5150

    It’s great to get something at last, even if it’s only a photo.

    Personally, I don’t get a Star Wars vibe from this at all. Additionally, we have absolutely no context here – perhaps they’re on an undercover, covert mission etc.

    For now though, I’m starting to get really excited!

    • I didn’t see this image as “We want to be like Star Wars.” I saw this image as “We’re pouring so much money into Discovery that we filmed in freaking JORDAN!”

      In other words, I think what CBS wants us to get out of this picture is “no expense spared, high quality show.” 🙂

      • zeeman1

        IT HAS TO BE. THE COMPETITION IS GAME OF THRONES.

    • Bifash

      The comments sections sadly is awash with worst kind of naysaying of this simple image.

      So glad there are a few of us here who are optimistic. I see nothing to dampen my spirits.

      As for comparisons to SW from certain quarters – they’re in a fricking desert – it’s clearly desert attire based on practical desert attire.

      • Cabo 5150

        Well said, hear, hear, and thanks for posting that, Bifash.

        I”m genuinely feeling that excited anticipation now – it’s a new STAR TREK show for pity’s sake.

        I understand we shouldn’t just accept anything by virtue of the fact it’s labelled Star Trek – but, damn, the outright negativity and myopic closed-mindedness directed at this show in advance is just staggering.

        As you quite rightly state though, coming to forums like this can feel somewhat bleak and gloomy at times, but I have to remind myself it’s representative of nothing more than a tiny fraction of the overall fanbase.

        DSC, or any new Trek, can’t possibly satisfy their checklist of ridiculously specific and unrealistic “do’s and don’t’s”, which, unsurprisingly, usually closely correspond to their personal favoured iteration of the show.

        • Bifash

          Perfectly said Cabo.

          I’m often put off coming to certain comments sections due to the anticipated, unwarranted hate. You’ve summed up all of my sentiments exactly, and very eloquently.

          Yes, criticism, if warranted ( once the show is released ) will come. But none of us is in any position to say how bad it is, based on a snippet here and there.

          Also, whilst SOME of us fans have been following every minutae, every nuance and change of the show’s development ( as much as trickles out ) , the vast majority of the public – and in fact, a number of huge Trek fans I know ( who don’t frequent the net for latest news ) are completely unaware of any behind-the-scenes hiccups, and are just looking forward – “excited anticipation” as you rightly put it – to a new Trek show.

  • Xandercom
  • pittrek

    “Stay tuned this afternoon for what is sure to be a big day for Star Trek: Discovery news!”

    Hm, this is the exciting bit 🙂

  • Xandercom
  • Dasjerm

    Everyone keeps saying it looks like Star Wars but you’d think that would be a good thing. You see, unlike Trek, Star Wars is actually, you know, successful.

    • mr joyce

      you upvoted yourself? lol.. by the way, trek is successful

    • GhostLoveScore

      So, 50 years, 5 (6) shows, 10+3 movies is unsuccessful? Having space shuttle named Enterprise is unsuccessful? Tell me who doesn’t recognize names like Kirk or Spock? I’d say this is pretty successful.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Well, the reaction to this just goes to prove: Star Trek fans can never be happy.

    Its a promotional still, perhaps one from an episode, people. We don’t know the context. Yes, it looks heavily CGI’d. But everyone needs to remember that things in motion look different than stills. Be patient. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a trailer this afternoon!

    • Tone

      Didn’t someone say the same thing about the TNG season two HD remaster…

      • Your Worst Nightmare

        Maybe it’ll be crap! I dunno! I’m just saying, can’t we, as a fandom, be excited for something for once as opposed to whining about every little thing all the time? We come off as a bunch of entitled little four year olds most of the time. Its sickening.

        • Tone

          Oh yeah, I am excited for the new series. Good or bad, it’s more Star Trek to see.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I’d just like to see some general positive vibes, not necessarily from you, but from about 90% of the fanbase. Its always something.

            “What? Its a new Star Trek series? Well, we’ll see…”
            “What? Its set in the prime timeline? I don’t know…”
            “What? That ship looks like crap!”
            “What? We have to pay? Forget that! It’s going to be crap!”
            “What? There’s a delay? It must be crap!”
            “What? Those are Klingons? Its not the prime timeline! It’s going to be crap!”
            “What? ANOTHER delay? It’s really going to be crap!”
            “What? Harry Mudd and Sarek? They can’t do anything original! It’s going to be crap!”
            “What? A desert planet and characters dressed in appropriate environmental clothing that look in passing like another sci-fi franchise? IT’S GOING TO BE CRAP!”

            Okay, if people are that upset, then really? Why? Why even bother? There are dozens of other franchises out there that they can spend their time on. It just drives me crazy!

          • Berggeist

            “What? I’m setting up a strawman reducing any concern regarding the production so it’s simply negativity meanies? Guess the argument is crap!”

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            All I read anymore in Star Trek threads or forums is how crappy the Kelvin films are, how terrible Discovery is going to be and how amazing Axanar would have been/is/might be (depending on the person’s grasp of reality.)

            Pardon me for being tired of reading it constantly. Here’s a thought? If you have an actual general concern for something? Frame it as a concern. Don’t go automatically to “THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE! CANCELLED! I’M NOT PAYING! FLOP!!!!!!1!”

        • I for one am excited by the photo, particularly the peeks at the tech which looks appropriate for the time period in Star Trek anyway. Both actors have different style goggles. Maybe Sonequa’s goggles have some kind of HUD.

        • Northstar Deplorable

          I have put out the same lament over the Kelvin Timeline films (which I happen to like) — and it has fallen on deaf ears.

    • Tuskin38

      “Yes, it looks heavily CGI’d.”
      Really? I don’t see it. They said they shot on location

      • Your Worst Nightmare

        Well, the background doesn’t look particularly Earthy, particularly on the right. But other than that, it looks like they shot on location.

        • Tuskin38

          Oh yeah, the sky is probably edited.

          Maybe it is an Ion storm.

        • Charles Baxter

          Where I live in So California we get storms that look like that. It’s just the tan in mountains and desert put a heavy tan cast on the clouds.

    • jerr

      how do you know I’m not happy? generalize much?

      • Your Worst Nightmare

        Generally? No.
        In this case? Yes.
        But it begs the question, are you happy?

        • jerr

          no it doesn’t, but of course I am 🙂

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Glad to hear it! You seem to be one of the few. 🙂

            I mean, you can’t look around and not see crazy amounts of negativity here. Do I generalize more than I should here? Absolutely! But I’ve tried with these people to ask kindly and it falls on deaf ears. So I apologize if I lumped everyone in there, but sometimes you have to take extreme measures…

  • Xandercom
    • Tone

      Oh god, this is bad for me to say, but it looks like a cheap Galaxy Quest knock off.

      • scotchyscotchscotch

        You can’t deny MacFarlane knows and loves Trek though. Orville will be wildly entertaining for a least a season or two.

        • Tone

          True, and after watching this trailer in peace and quiet, I have to admit that I’m liking it a lot! I think I will be watching this when it’s out.

  • Hopefully more coming later today. The Star Trek Dog said it was the calm before the ion storm 🙂 https://twitter.com/startrekdog/status/864601003894689792

    • pittrek

      Woof! Can’t wait 🙂

  • Eric Cheung

    This is great! I love that the landing parties get environment-specific gear.

    And a closer examination of the “communicator” suggests it might even be the original Cage-era Wah Chang design, or possibly close to the TWOK design!! The tricorder looks cool too!

    Yes, they’re wearing desert robes, but Star Wars doesn’t own the desert. Remember DS9’s “Shadows and Symbols??”

    I can’t wait for the trailer.

    • indranee

      DS9 came after SW though 😉 But yes more like no one “owns” anything, really.

  • Quonk

    Looks good to me. From what can be seen, the props look very much what you would pre-TOS-era props expect to look like: Bulkier but with a similar overall finish (I personally wouldn’t have expected them to look like the pilot episode props anway). I hope we will get to see the uniforms soon enough. And the rest… well, I’m ready to wait.

  • scotchyscotchscotch

    I hope that the inclusion of Capt Georgiu with the DSC’s FO doesn’t mean Jason Isaacs is departing the series early and it’s just a coincidence they are together on an away mission in the first image

    • I recall there was an early rumour that the Shenzhou might be destroyed in the first episode and the crew might join Discovery. So this could explain why the two officers are on the planet together or DSC Captain is just out of shot.

  • oroshazi

    Cpt&first officer lesbian lovers?

  • Berggeist

    Neutral reaction here. Can’t say much about a still, especially when it has digital effects that would normally be in motion.

  • Matineer

    Looks like a quality production. The actors seem to be “into it.” Props have some style. Would like to see uniforms and the bridge, though. What’s the ship look like now?

  • They filmed this in JORDAN?! Wow, CBS is pouring a LOT of money into this show. It sounds like Discovery won’t suffer from a lack of resources, the way poor TOS did. That’s very promising!

    Guess this means we won’t be seeing the Vasquez Rocks again. 🙂

    • Xandercom

      No, Netflix is putting all the money in to it..

      • Netflix is paying CBS for the right to show Discovery outside the US, but the show is produced by CBS.

        • Xandercom

          And Netflix have covered the entire production cost in full.

    • Roger Birks

      I agree. Its good that they are filming on location in other countries. Old Trek’ was terribly generic with location shooting and it looked horribly cheap.

  • Bifash

    So Excited!! Can’t wait for the video clip to come.

  • Fiery Little One

    Nice tease.

  • Deadline has a live blog at the CBS Upfronts http://deadline.com/2017/05/cbs-upfront-presentation-live-blog-2017-new-shows-1202095370/.

    Doesn’t appear to show much but a preview clip of Discovery has been shown apparently with a line “We’ve engaged the Klingons”

    • There’s now going to be 15 episodes and a companion show “Talking Trek”

  • Locutus

    The gear looks surprisingly consistent with canon from the “The Cage” era. I am thrilled by that. I also like the exotic location and location shooting.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/video/LeDfVOm_JkJcYJF9ju2izuFJBnF_qJsG/star-trek-discovery-first-look-trailer/

    That’s the trailer. Please note it is geolocked for the USA. Looks good to me. Pretty excited!

  • indranee

    Shades of ENT’s “The Forge”.

  • Michael

    I see some Tusken raiders on the cliff behind them

  • winomaster

    What occurs to me is that the studio is very concerned that this be done right. This is suggested by the delays they have implemented. Delays cost money. But they can be necessary to get things right.

    I’m not happy about the political correctness of casting the lead as a woman. I think most of the fans would be happier with a man like “Picard” as the lead character. It is not a part of our experience that women are commanding officers on naval ships. The creators here understand this reality and so the lead character is not in command. But does this urgency to cast a woman in the lead result in a compromise of the new series. I think that is likely. Fans of Star Trek, I think, would like to see the new series patterned on “The Next Generation”. The lesser interest generated by later, Politically Correctly versions of the show, have run down the franchise value. The studio is attempting to restore the franchise by the spending of money for production values, but seem to be unwilling to make that one consession to rational planning…casting the lead as a white male. I have always assumed that studios were profit pursuing organizations that would do things in a way designed to please audiences. But the studio’s moves with regard to Star Trek have me expecting to next see women playing soldiers in releases of WWII stories.

    • Michael

      Almost all the rational fans wanted a post Voyager series

      • winomaster

        The earlier time period will also limit what technology can appear oñ the show.