In our third round of coverage on the incredible Star Trek: Discovery production gallery at San Diego Comic-Con this week, it’s time to take a look at newly-revealed concept art, driving the look of the series headed to television this fall!

Along with the props and costumes from Discovery on display at the off-site Michael J. Wolf Fine Art gallery near the Comic-Con venue, CBS has also brought a number of highly-detailed — and highly-colorful — sketches and digital designs which are guiding the production team through the pilot and first season of Discovery episodes.

First is a look at the starships of the new series, with looks at final designs of both the USS Shenzhou and USS Discovery vessels, digital models created via CGI.

Captain Georgiou’s USS SHENZHOU.
Captain Lorca’s USS DISCOVERY.
More views of the USS DISCOVERY model.

Along with the exterior models of the ships, we also get a view of the Shenzhou‘s transporter room, revealed via production photography back in June:

Philippa Georgoiu (Michelle Yeoh) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) prepare to transport.

In addition, a striking image of Georgiou and Burnham’s hike across the desert is represented in bright orange and red hues:

Philippa Georgoiu (Michelle Yeoh) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in desert gear.

Also glimpsed is a look at one of the alien creatures seen in May’s Discovery teaser trailer, here labeled as a “crepuscular.”

The ‘crepuscular’ alien as seen on-screen.

Finally, like the props and costumes seen previously, we also get to see some new concept artwork behind the Klingon side of the series.

The SHENZHOU faces off against an armada of Klingon vessels.
…and the armada detected on SHENZHOU’s sensors.
A Klingon freighter moves silently through a desolate star system.
An insect-like Klingon ‘raider’ seems to be a one-man attack ship.
The Klingon ‘sarcophagus ship’ first revealed through leaks in 2016.
The interior of the Sarcophagus ship, ornate and ancient.
The interior of the Sarcophagus ship, on-screen.
The mysterious and ancient Klingon sarcphagus, glowing with an unknown power.
…and rising above T’Kuvma in the teaser trailer.

Thanks once more to Doyle Zhang (@StarTrekChina) for contributing to our photographic coverage of the exhibit — and stay tuned later this evening for our full report on the Star Trek: Discovery panel at Comic-Con!

  • Dan King

    Absolutely absurd if they keep claiming this is in the prime timeline.

    All hell will break loose if we don’t see the REAL Klingons from the 1960’s with small makeup updates. After all, their lame excuse that the ST:D Klingons are “another house” would strongly suggest the TOS “Blackface” ( used in historical aspect here ) will be in the show.

    If they replace the actual Klingons already established by TOS, TNG, etc with the ones shown, it will NOT work out well for CBS as the fans will become very upset to say the least. Changing already established canon is a HUGE no-no

    If these were “ancient” Klingons, how would the Shenzhou’s sensors immediately ID the ships as Klingon?

    • Tuskin38

      The fans that actually care about the changes enough not to watch, are in the minority.

      Or at least low enough that it won’t actually effect the ratings.

      • prometheus59650

        Pretty much this.

        It’s the primeline re-imagined simply because pastels and go-go boots no longer fly.

        I’ve been to viewings of fan-films where the computer comes on with the manual typewriter effect and “Com-pu-ter wor-king” and they laughed. They laughed hard.

        If the message doesn’t matter. If the acting and story doesn’t matter. If what will keep your eyes off the screen is the Klingon makeup and the lite-brite consoles, then all I can say is that your old DVDs still work, so stay where you’re stuck.

      • Ian Fleming

        Do these Klingons want to make Qo’noS great again?

        • Tuskin38

          Their leader wants to unite all the houses to combat some sort of external threat.

          • Ian Fleming

            So that’s a yes then.

      • Riker’s Mailbox

        And females can’t be Captains, right?

        • Tuskin38

          That character was delusional. You can’t trust everything she says.

          Besides Enterprise already gave us a female captain.

    • Karl

      When Orville outperform Star Trek discovery, it’s not Seth MacFarlane’s fault, it’s CBS’s fault for making a steaming pile of crap.

      • Tuskin38

        The Orville is a comedy, of course it will do better.

        • prometheus59650

          The Orville is a sci-fi dramedy on network.

          It’s dead in six weeks tops, but might be worthy of a chuckle or two while it lasts.

      • prometheus59650

        You’ll never know exactly what DSC’s viewership numbers are. CBS won’t share them anymore than Netflix or Hulu does.

        The show will be renewed or not, and that will be all you know.

        And, at this point, a second season is already virtually guaranteed because it’s literally already half paid for.

    • Roger Birks

      The klingons were changed a pretty big way in 1979 were they not? It is called artistic innovation.

    • DC Forever

      Nope. Lol

  • Dan King

    “Crepuscular alien”

    ??

    Is this their term for the redesigned Romulans? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94fd0cc4e0658afe4388c09c125f992e1e284e5ff867712099a91df44d3d4e57.jpg

    • ‘Crepuscular’ is a real term regarding insects:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepuscular

      • Dan King

        Meant to be a joke, commentary on how radical this show is changing canon

    • Tuskin38

      Vulcans look identical to the previous Movies and Shows, they wouldn’t change the Romulans.

    • pittrek

      Why should the bug be a Romulan???

      • Thomas Elkins

        It’s a joke because they changed the Klingons.

  • Dan King

    Hopefully we will get a valid explanation as to why the trasnporters radically changed between Enterprise and Shenzhou, then suddenly back to Enterprise style in TOS and TNG, etc.

    If we don’t, expect negative fan reactions.

    • prometheus59650

      Because 50 years later and are moving beyond decades old props.

      There are already negative fan reactions because the phasers, doors, computer screen layouts, etc. One more thing to complain about is meaningless in the grand scheme.

      So far it seems to have a very cinematic quality to it and that’s a good thing.

      • Roger Birks

        I think a clean slate is needed, where applicable and in appropriate fashion. We are hopefully at the beginning of Star Trek #50 to #100. 50 years of a lot of great and pretty bad Star Trek. Let us not pretend otherwise on that.

        • DC Forever

          Yep!

      • DC Forever

        Exactly!!!

    • DC Forever

      Hopefully they will not try to shoehorn in such a silly explanation. They are updating the look. Deal with it. 🙂

  • LJ

    I love how the Shenzhou looks like a logical progression from the NX class. On the other hand, whilst there is a lot to like about the Discovery (and the McQuarrie design is canon, appearing in the background in the TOS movies), it looks more advanced than the Constitution class, which was supposed to be the most advanced in the fleet (though I accept the Connies had been in service a number of years at the time ST:D starts). Don’t get me wrong: I’m not ‘that guy’ who’s saying it doesn’t match the ’60s aesthetic, so it won’t do. I’m just eager to learn why Starfleet decided to build a hotrod ship in addition to the Constitution Class deep space exploration programme (what is the Discovery’s mission?). It’s exciting.

    • Tuskin38

      If they ever show the Connie in Discovery it will probably also be redesigned.

      • prometheus59650

        I imagine it will look a bit closer to the film versions or perhaps some of the concept art pieces by Gabe Koerner.

        • Tuskin38

          I doubt it will look anything like the Kelvin Timeline versions, different production companies.

          • prometheus59650

            By “film versions” I meant TMP, since the other ships seem to have more in common with it than anything in the KT.

          • DC Forever

            Agreed!

          • Riker’s Mailbox

            If they show the Enterprise in this series, it will be maybe once. There’s no way they’ll change the aesthetic. Fans would lose their mind.

          • prometheus59650

            They’ve already changed the aesthetics of Starfleet ships. The cylindrical nacelles are gone. They already look like the Starfleet designs of the TMP era. If they show a Connie, ever, there’s no way in Hades it looks like it did in ’66.

            And “fans” are already losing their minds, so what difference does it make?

          • DC Forever

            Yea, I’d be fine if they showed the Enterprise as looking more like TMP type.

          • prometheus59650

            The design is still stunningly beautiful. I can’t imagine a serious objection.

          • DC Forever

            There are subtle additional details they could make though to make it look more “real” than the TV model.

    • Dan King

      It is more advanced than constution class. It’s section 31 with cutting edge tech

  • Visitor1982

    This looks great! All the little details… The other series pale in comparison…

  • Bifash

    Some really exquisite art on display here. Lovely stuff!

  • Tuskin38

    I don’t think that Shenzhou art is 100% Final, it is missing some details seen in the trailer, it has less windows.

    The Discovery’s nacelles also appear to be longer then what was seen on the Comic-Con rainbow poster.

  • Karl

    The USS Pizza Cutter is ready for lunch captain.

    https://s10.postimg.org/kyua83a0p/Capture.jpg

    • DC Forever

      Captain to crew: “Engage. We will launch, despite the fact that the USS Moron is not supporting our mission”

  • Roger Birks

    Anyone else a little sad that real starship models have not been built? It is to me…

    • prometheus59650

      I’d like to see it done, but…it’s 2017. The era where those were needed has just…gone by.

      • Roger Birks

        But CGI still clearly looks like, CGI. Maybe it is me?

        • Mo

          Wait for the Eaglemoss merch.

      • Dave

        They built a real model for The Orville.

        • prometheus59650

          McFarlane is an eccentric case. He does table reads for Family Guy, too.

  • M33

    She certainly doesn’t look like a very friendly ship, the Discovery…
    Looks like she was made for war.
    I mean, it looks neat, but not very fitting for the name “Discovery”.
    Maybe “Avenger”, “Indefatigable”, or “Defiant” or something with umph, especially given the conflict-driven nature of the trailers thus far.
    Time will tell.

    • Dan King

      Don’t forget the first reveal trailer. Everyone was complaining about the quality, but saw right past the fact the ship was not constructed above earth at the fleet yards, but deep inside a large asteroid in secret.

      Hmmm, wonder why? Why would starfleet need to do that? Hmmm..

      Then remember the fact that there was the cloaking device sound at the end of the clip, strongly suggesting that Discovery is equipped with a cloaking device.

      The ship is obviously not regular Starfleet. I will go as far to say the ship IS designed for subterfuge and stealth. I don’t think it’s a warship. I think it’s a dagger that sneaks up on you and stabs you in the back. Who works like that in the Federation?

      Yes, section 31.

      I think the ship is section 31, or pretending to be Starfleet in the open but section 31 is in control. At the least, Lorca would be working for them. Why else would he say in the latest trailer that “you ( to Michael who is Starfleet ) started this war, now I have to end it )

      Who else works behind the scene off record doing things Starfleet can’t do?

      Yes, section 31.

      Fuller went on record saying he LOVED section 31 in DS9 and wanted to explore it more.

  • Shadowknight1

    Calling it right now. The Shenzhou is destroyed by the Klingons and only a few crew survive and get transferred to the Discovery. When Number One(I forget her character’s name and don’t want to look it up right now) wonders why she wasn’t given command when the captain of the Shenzhou thought she was ready, Captain Malfoy basically tells her that he doesn’t care what her last captain said, she isn’t ready, so first officer she’ll be.

    As a side note, I like the Shenzhou’s design a lot, but not totally sold on the Discovery or that Klingon ship.

    • DC Forever

      I expect that a decision she made that caused the destruction of the shenzou will haunt her, and be a major character development point.

    • Dan King

      Michael is directly responsible for the destruction of the Shenzhou.

      Lorca is section 31.

  • Trent

    I wonder if the 4 tunnels to the center saucer retract ,so it can spin and create different gravity for alien visitors .Maybe the ship isn’t a pizza cutter but is a fidget spinner !

  • Fiery Little One

    Hmm…

  • Mo

    That’s some lovely work.

  • Mrs Broccoli

    those klingon ships are awful