First announced at the end of June, this Saturday’s Star Trek: Discovery appearance at San Diego Comic Con arrives with a whole host of cast and crew panelists, along with plenty of other tie-in events beginning this Thursday!

Detailed today by CBS, the previously-announced panel this Saturday will be moderated by Discovery guest star Rainn Wilsonset to portray swindler Harry Mudd — and will feature both on-screen and behind-the scenes talent from the series.

The stars of new Star Trek series are set to make their very first global appearance together on Saturday, July 22 in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, and James Frain will join a panel with Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin, and Akiva Goldsman.

Guest star Rainn Wilson, who plays intergalactic conman Harry Mudd on the new series, will moderate.

Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) of the USS Discovery. (CBS)

In addition, CBS will have both the USS Discovery‘s captain chair (seen above, hosting Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca) on display for fan photography, along with several props and costumes from the sets – and daily giveaways of special posters will be on hand as well, like the new psychedelic design revealed today:

A closer look at the revised DISCOVERY design.

Star Trek: Discovery will also host a gallery takeover at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego), where fans can interact with the captain’s chair from the U.S.S. Discovery along with props and costumes taken directly from set.

The exhibit runs Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23, and does not require a badge for entry. Each day, 1,000 fans will also be eligible to receive a limited-edition Star Trek: Discovery poster (see examples above).

On Twitter today, CBS shared close-up looks at both the new Discovery split-delta Starfleet insignia, as well as a detailed view and what looks to be a pretty impressive communicator, featuring internal lighting and a digital display containing the familiar Starfleet Command logo.

Here’s a comparison between that new communicator and two TOS-era communicator props from the 1960’s production (note: reproductions from the Star Trek Set Tour):

…and note the similarity between the communicator grille and its Wrath of Khan counterpart:

Finally, fans who want to take a break from walking around the SDCC area will be able to catch a ride on Discovery captain’s chair-themed pedicabs, patrolling the area around the convention venue all weekend.

Starfleet pedicabs will be on patrol. (Image via StarTrek.com)

Along with all of that, CBS will also be running what they’ve called the #TrekDiscovery challenge, allowing fans to win streaming access to the upcoming series via Roku and CBS All Access:

Fans can take part in the #TrekDiscovery Challenge when they encounter an array of authentically costumed Trek ambassadors, representing crews from five of the Star Trek television series (The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise).

Fans who post photos of themselves with each of the five series’ crews – and also in the Discovery captain’s chair at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery – and who tag all six photos with the #TrekDiscovery challenge hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, will be eligible to win a Roku streaming stick and a subscription to CBS All Access. Prizes will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans can find clues regarding the location of the #TrekDiscovery crews by following @StarTrek on Twitter and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more Discovery news as the week progresses!

Remember, commenters below: we reserve the right to remove comments of an abusive nature. Let’s keep our discussion more about Trek than each other, please!

  • Mike C.

    Looks like the saucer now had a circular space within it!

  • Trent

    So a ball suspended inside two saucers held together with 4 tunnels ?
    This is just ….stupid .
    Not even talking about the wasted space ,what about structural integrity ?

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Yea, what would they call that? A “wheel”? A wheel would never be practical in the physical world — it would not be able to have any structure integrity. 😉

      • Dan King

        The official term is the doughnut deck. The outer ring is officially the sphincter deck.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          Not to confused withe the poop deck.

    • Dan King

      They are abusing canon for the hell of it

    • Snap

      Well, there’s also the significantly more massive neck section which connects every section of the saucer. It does bring functionality into question, what advantage it has over a solid saucer. It’s a decent enough concept for a space station, as Deep Space Nine utilized a series of rings about a central core, but such a space station was not designed to handle the stresses of warp travel.

      You could, hypothetically, argue that the typical nacelle/strut arrangement on starships isn’t a very functional design either, as inertial stresses could shear them apart just as easily as shredding a space station.

      In the end, it all comes down to one thing: can you suspend disbelief?

      • Trent

        Yes but it isn’t a Cardassian space station ,which I vaguely remember as being referenced as a strange design in an earlier episode.
        can you suspend disbelief? not any longer this stupid design ,on top of the lie {this is real timeline trek } I think is it for me.

    • Karl

      If you ever wanted evidence that this dumb series was based on the Kelvin timeline (before it flopped) then this is it. It’s as if the guy who made that awful Vengeance was asked to come in at the weekend and sketch up a parody ship for Galaxy Quest.

  • atexp80

    I really like the communicator and I don’t mind the primary hull but I really loathe the secondary hull and nacelles. The flat profile reminds me of the Enterprise J which looked like someone took a starship and stepped on it.

    • Snap

      I’m having trouble getting the video to run but if the picture on the left is the Discovery communicator, I really like it. It’s a really good update of the classic look

  • Thomas Elkins

    I still hate Discovery’s design, but I look forward to the show though. On blu-ray of course, I have no intention of streaming it.

  • Snap

    I still don’t particularly care for the look of the ship, however I find having the nacelles trail the ship instead of protruding forward like the Galaxy class, combined with them simply being at the end of the wings as opposed to sitting on raised struts is a distinct improvement. The larger saucer (what is going on with that open portion?) definitely looks much better than the tiny saucer the “work in progress” had.

  • mr joyce

    theres a great analysis of the ship design on the trekyards channel on youtube;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYiBJtPoinM

    • Locutus

      Nice! I’m sold.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Awesome!!!

    • Karl

      They are such apologists.

      • mr joyce

        I find that their views are really balanced

      • Eric Cheung

        My assessment of Trekyards’ editorial viewpoint:

        They weren’t thrilled at first, and had a really long video expressing disappointment with the look of the Klingons when the leaked pictures came out. Then the series of videos analyzing every detail of the trailer came out, asking the question of whether it looked most like the Kelvin-Timeline, TOS, or a visual reboot. Most of the videos came to the conclusion that it was a visual reboot. Since then, they’ve placed their analysis in that context, analyzing the aesthetics on the assumption that it has the freedom of a visual reboot. Even then, they haven’t been completely sold, because sometimes they’ll still say that something looks “generic sci-fi” or “Mass Effect,” but they’ve generally been pleased, probably more so than they were with the Kelvin-Timeline designs, which had even less of a reason to tie into established canon.

  • Benjamin Stock

    If anyone had any doubts that Star Trek Discovery would emulate Deep Space 9 in it’s tone, you were wrong.
    It emulates the saucer section, too.

    • Dan King

      Avery Brooks as Prophet Sisko confirmed!

    • Karl

      At least the OEM manufactures won’t have to do a damned thing to make Discovery pizza cutters.

  • Fiery Little One

    Two cut outs in the saucer… Interesting.

    • Dan King

      The inner deck is called the “doughnut hole deck” the outer ring is called the “sphincter deck”

      • Fiery Little One

        lol. Cute.

  • Quonk

    You know what: I really like the overhauled design of the USS Discovery. It’s rather sexy, even though – or maybe BECAUSE – it has more of a 1970s than a 1960s vibe to it. It looks a bit like what you would see on science fiction book covers of that era, when one half of the design would draw from what real spacecraft looked like and the other half would be the designer’s fantasy.
    The show’s designers sure make no pretence of drawing heavily from pre-TMP designs rather than TOS designs and I would guess that’s because in the run-up to PhaseII/TMP, the early design team, including such people as Bob Fletcher (costume and makeup design) and Ralph McQuarrie (starship and set design), was pretty much given free rein over the look and feel of their designs.
    But then you have to wonder: If they were aiming for that sort of creative energy, why would they still stick so closely to those old designs?
    Ultimately, it still boils down to a question of taste though and the Discovery, along with most – not all – designs we’ve seen so far for this show, suits mine just fine.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Yea, it’s amazing how great this starship looks compared to that early version last year….like a pre-TMP visual — you are 100% correct.

      THIS IS THE BEST LOOKING TREK STARSHIP SINCE TMP MOVIES!

      • Quonk

        THIS IS THE BEST LOOKING TREK STARSHIP SINCE TOS MOVIES!

        I’m a confessed 1701-D lover, so I’ll have to disagree on that.
        Especially the very latest variation of the D, which would be the beautifully detailed, perfectly lit 6ft/4ft-composite CG model they used in TNG-R from season 5 onwards, whenever they had to insert a CG model (which of course was rarely the case), has a very special place in my heart.
        Yes, the D is “top heavy” – but she is a “cerebral” ship after all. The Enterprise D is a science vessel and she looks every bit like it.

        Nevertheless, as I said, I find the Discovery’s design very beautiful and 70s-“tecchy” enough that it can hold a candle to every design from TMP to STIII, barring the one and only 1701-Refit (which probably outranks the Enterprise D even in my book).

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  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    BOLD, SLEEK, BEAUTIFUL HARKENING BACK TO THE STAR TREK SPACE FLIGHT CHRONOLOGY (1980) RALPH MCQUARRIE RENDERINGS — THIS IS THE BEST LOOKING TREK STARSHIP SINCE TOS MOVIE ENTERPRISE !!!

    Bravo, Team DSC

    • Dan King

      Can you pass the stuff you are smoking around? And how much of the substance did CBS send you to push the show?

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Let me guess — you probably think the Enterprise D is a great looking starship…am I right?

        • FightingMongooses

          You got something to say about my ship?

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Not a fan, but I will say this…I can see the evolution over time to that kind of a star-ship for the 24th century, so there is a logic and sense to it…and I have a lot of respect for Andy Probert.

            However, I don’t see much logic at all in backing up from TOS to get to an NX-01 design. That was a catastrophic creative misfire.

          • Dan King

            A lot happened between the NX-01 and TOS. NX was designed by Earth only.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Yea, Rick Berman and Doug Drexler on Earth. It sure as heck wasn’t anything a real Starfleet would ever have come up with. Cochrane would laugh it off the drawing board.

            Again, if I may use a Christmas movie analogy, the NX-01 belongs on the Island of Misfit Toys! It’s a PoS.

          • FightingMongooses

            Berman and Braga definitely dropped the ball. The Enterprise series would have been much more interesting and much more iconic if they had used this ship: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(XCV_330)

            Chronologically they’re less than 10 years apart. Nothing would have been lost putting Archer in charge of that ship instead of making up the NX-01.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Dude, great minds think alike — that is the EXACTLY what I posted about a week ago that they should have went with — it’s canon from that picture we saw in TMP, and it was published in the 1980 Spaceflight Chronology. It’s bold, sleek and futuristic. Now that would be have been a worthy precursor to TOS Enterprise! Here is a version someone has mocked up on a computer — it’s glorious https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/561377edb55b3d0e4a2fca7def2981113b0e028c4c9cbb8d16c14bf12d217cc1.jpg :

          • hellion

            this is the cgi version of the enterprise ring ship that mark rademaker did for a ships of the line calendar. this very cgi model was the basis vor qmx’s artisan replica.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Thanks! Very Cool!

          • Eric Cheung

            After First Contact showed the Phoenix to have TOS-style nacelles, I don’t think it would be likely that the NX-01 would have looked like the TMP ship. It was the studio that insisted upon a saucer, too. The producers and designers wanted a sphere like the Daedalus-class ships (though given the ship had a crew of 80, I think a saucer made more sense than a sphere, which to me implies a larger crew. Even the rings above make more sense for a crew of 80).

            Maybe the TMP ship would have been a good choice for a failed experimental collaboration between Earth and Vulcan designs. In fact, maybe it would have been a good story reason for the rift between the tension between the two worlds.

            The one detail I might have changed from the NX-01 would be to have the saucer have a similar edge to the NCC-1701, rather than the TNG-style edge. But otherwise, the extra detailing makes it look less advanced than TOS (like they hadn’t quite achieved Matt Jeffries’ concept of easily accessible tech, conveniently located on the inside of the ship), but the stuff inside makes it look functional and realistic. It struck a decent balance to me.

        • Dan King

          It’s a masterpiece and almost every fan loves the design.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            I respect the design of the D. Don’t like it’s look though,

            For the NX-10, I neither respect it’ design, nor do I look it’s look. It’s a PoS.

    • robjoh

      Well Team STD are at least trying to do a good job. I look forward to seeing it,and will watch it if I like it. Plain and simple. Might even check out some of this stuff at the con this weekend.

    • TIG1701

      Seriously? Do you know the guy who designed this ship or something?

      This thing looks hideous.

  • Dan King

    Discovery looks like an absolute PoS. It looks post-Voyager post-Soverign Class.

    • Karl

      I hope they carry on the trek tradition of some time travel episode in which the hero ship gets destroyed. I’ll watch that one.

  • Dan King

    Enterprise-J, is that you?

  • Dan King

    This looks nothing like a decendant of the NX class. It looks nothing like the Constitution class. Nor any other ship in TOS.

    This is now the “Doughnut hole ship”

    Absolute stupid visual design and very stupid from a tactical aspect. Three weak points that could easily destroy the ship.

    1: Flimsy nacelles
    2: Thin connection to primary hull
    3: Absurd connectors to the doughnut deck in the middle. 4 Photon torpedos would separate the doughnut deck from the outer “sphincter” ring.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      You think those supports are flimsy, check out the nacelle supports on this Starfleet ship? ARE THEY KIDDING US! Just take out these ultra-thin nacelle supports and this ship is toast — probably the most flimsy nacelle supports in Starfleet ship design history! And that Secondary Hull support ain’t much better. 😉

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8a7538a1bb1139b3147f45c1a85deda24f722b5cbbe4cbdec87122d23cefba3.jpg

      • The 1701 is so lovely that it never occurred to me that she was badly designed. I’m wondering if the nacelles are easily separated from the rest of the ship on purpose, so they can be jettisoned if something goes wrong in the warp engines.

    • FightingMongooses

      The NX-01 (and much of the Enterprise series) didn’t respect canon anyway so whatevs.

      Generally speaking I ask for things to be logically thought out in sci-fi but I understand that will lead to repetition. Sci-fi films from the last ~10 years have just been going for a different/”fresh” look even if it’s impractical/silly.

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Agreed. The NZ-01 was a PoS. It looked nothing like one would expect a pre-TOS Enterprise to look like.

        They had all of the canon of previous Enterprises layed out for them by Rodenberry and McQuarrie in TMP (so those were canon), and also published them in the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology — but they ingored that completely and made a design that looked like a TNG predecessor, instead of and TOS predecessor ship.

        If you want to complain about canon violations on Starship Design, Rick Berman and Doug Drexler’s house are the one to toilet paper (I’m kidding!)

        DSC goes back to McQuarrie designs — it harkens back to a Gene Rodenberry approach to sleek and clean and timeless design from TMP and Phase II days. There’s your real canon — brought to you by the creator, Gene Rodenberry!
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/735d8962f61fa056a780bdd71e82aac057ad454428db0d25512b08a9d3ce9f5f.jpg

        • TIG1701

          That looks like a POS as well. It was rejected for a reason…look at it.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            It was a concept drawing for Phase II. Not a final version.

    • Quonk

      Damnit, Jim! She’s a starship, not a main battle tank!

    • Eric Cheung

      One of the reasons Trek ships (since NCC-1701) have been designed with nacelles that appear flimsy is because the counterintuitive design demonstrates how strong the materials of the future are. Of course, writers have forgotten that, or never knew in the first place, and have used the nacelles, and other connectors, as points of attack, as if they were present day ships. That said, even if you’re right on points 1 and 3, the neck from the engineering to saucer section looks a lot stronger than the Constitution-class. It’s thick looking, more like the Galaxy, Excelsior, or Intrepid-class ships.

  • Justin Olson

    HOLEY SHIP!

    • Dan King

      “These are the voyages of the USS Doughnut Hole. It’s 5 year mission, to see out new baking ingredients, to obtain the perfect pastry recipie. TO HUNGRLY GO WHERE NO BADLY DESIGNED SHIP HAS GONE BEFORE. “

  • Dan King

    There are rumors that Captain Lorca is insane or will be steadily getting more and more insane as time goes on.

    • DIGINON

      Did you make up those rumors yourself just now?

      • Dan King

        No, being discussed on TrekBBS

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          Speculation. Not rumors.

          • Dan King

            Rumors

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Then provide a link. I’m on Trek BBS and I haven’t seen anything outside of speculation.

          • Dan King

            A core group of longtime users are talking about it over PM’s. I am part of that group.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Oh! Well then! A secret conversation with longtime users? Must be true then. Glad they’re cool with you sharing that secret information.

            :rolleyes:

          • Eskay

            Deja Vu, wouldn’t you say?

          • TIG1701

            Thats still just speculation man. Rumors are information that supposedly comes from production itself. Unless you are suggesting this is from the actual show yeah its just speculation.

          • Dan King

            Let’s just say the info is accurate.

          • TIG1701

            OMG, you’re not one of these people who claim to have ‘info’ based on nothing than your word? Can you people give it a rest? You don’t know anything. And believe me, if you did it wouldn’t just be on some message board.

          • Eskay

            I told you all – “you know who” is still posting here!

            Pretended for a couple weeks that he liked the show; now back to the old tricks. Completely fooled the mods and everyone.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Exactly. Fan conjecture.

            I give Dan kudos though for being honest about it being “fan opinion”.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I’m totally cool with fan conjecture and speculation. But passing those off as rumors? I’m sorry, but I find that to be questionable at best.

          • TIG1701

            I agree with you. He sounds because he and a few others are certain of their opinion, it should be treated as gospel. Uh no, its just an opinion. Is it possible? Sure anything is possible but thats not what a ‘rumor’ is. Its apples and oranges.

  • Dan King

    Why does Discovery have more advanced communicators than the enterprise 10 years before Kirk? Does it have superior technology? Where else have I seen superior technology like this? Hmmm… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/219cd2d95b1e8873c050f4df6894383ff6c5909936c1b7ec5a5fb273ea2d0856.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57d9f1e63993ef4ea661f9ed809a909672bbd3ba9b8a159e9a818e34f31d483d.jpg

  • Dan King

    They are saying on TrekBBS that that “open” inner ring is “open” meaning it can open and retract at will. Like a sports dome. If you look at the first ship reveal you see the “open” section closed up, armored. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8a508aec08da30ce3a3d06c60cef18ab5d4581be3e54542d3b0ceb7e7cc5aae.jpg

    • hellion

      why?

      • Dan King

        I have no idea, but that’s what’s being discussed

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    Just like grandpa used to say, what out for those that feed you quantity over substance, son.

  • David Lund

    Great poster, lovely view of the ship, and gorgeous communicators. Sadly reading the comments below I’m realising I’m in the minority of coming on this site to fuel my excitement about Star Trek. Why do so many people have to repeatedly post angry posts over and over? You don’t like something, fine, say so and move on. The rest of us are here to enjoy Star Trek, not bitch about it.

    • Kirksdeadjim

      Well said.We are all Star Trek fans here but the majority of the comments are just trolling about ” blah blah its not PRIME Trek and where are the DS9 blu rays! ”.No one says you have to like the whole franchise but theres nothing wrong about actually enjoying it which is sadly lost on a lot of commenters here.

      • Snap

        You CAN enjoy something while criticising the aspects which don’t appeal to you. Voicing a negative opinion doesn’t mean you necessarily hate the product.

  • Dan King
    • Dan King

      ( meant to be a joke, but watch it be accurate lol )

  • Dan King

    Lorca is ( will become ) Garth of Izar

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      No.

      • Dan King

        Yea

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          Wow, am I talking to an Axanar fan?

          Perhaps if they wanted Jason Isaacs to be playing Garth, they may, oh, I don’t know, actually name the character Garth? This is nothing more than rampant fan speculation based upon crappy YouTube videos that play off the idea of a lot deeper problems with a production than we REALLY know there to be. I bet 10,000,000 quatloos Lorca is Lorca and there may be some random passing reference to Garth. That’s it!

          • Dan King

            He goes through a drastic change. I am absolutely certain he will become Garth of Izar. I would bet my house on it I am that sure.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            An interesting guess, but such a story choice would be really bad press given the Axanar fan funded legal ordeal.

            Nope

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            I agree with you. I suppose though his first name could be Garth, but I doubt it.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            His first name has been revealed to be Gabriel.

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    Just like grandpa used to say, “watch out for those that feed you quantity over substance, son.”

  • Jus_Wonderin

    I wonder. Can it saucer separate?

  • Dan King

    The saucer comes off so the Klingon part can cloak lol

  • David Lund

    Just seen the new phaser too – gorgeous prop, lovely cross between TOS and The Cage. There has better be toys released of these!!

    • David Lund

      Correction, the TWO phasers! Looks like a rifle as well

  • LeVar Lopez

    No! Noo! Noooo! The communicator has a digital display on it and STD is supposed to take place in the 1950s well before the days of Clint Howard! Star Trek is finished! Finished! What a sacrilege to all the great ones who paid for the party with their dearest blood like F. Murray Abraham who was that chap who kept getting plastic surgery in space. And then Captain Picard went on this date where he was all looking at slow-motion hummingbirds – that was the last real Star Trek – now it is dead forever and ever. Oh my!

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      LOL — AWESOME POST !!!!!

    • Vger64

      It’s 2017…. I don’t expect these folks to dress up and have equipment with the ultra low budget TOS had. Lets get real here.

      • Planetary

        Star Trek didn’t have an ultra low budget for the sixties junior.

  • Dan King

    New trailers dropping at ComicCon

    • DC Forever

      Obviously!

      I didn’t think your earlier guess that the trailer would drop in mid-August made much sense. Of course it’s going to be released at ComiCon…mid-August was never going to happen.

      • Dan King

        That would be the final trailer coming out mid-aug.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          Hopefully this info is better than you post awhile back where you said parts of the movie score would be released on the internet?

  • Lee O.

    Sleek, sexy, retro. I like it much better than the more clunky looking design from back in 2016, even though I didn’t hate that design. The more square-like and sharper, angular designs also make it look a little more clunky (e.g. less advanced) than the TOS Enterprise.

  • Karl

    What a dumb design.
    TOS fanboys must be creaming themselves with all this vintage steampunk junk now trickling out.

  • TIG1701

    The ship still looks like shit. Does it look a little better, yeah, but good, no.

  • Dan King

    The “ball” in the middle respects canon. USS Horizon