San Diego Comic-Con kicks off in full swing tomorrow out in California, and with just days left to go before Saturday’s big Star Trek: Discovery panel – sure to bring plenty of new insight about the coming series – there’s still some more pre-event info arriving!

First up, CBS continued their roll-out of Discovery prop spotlight videos today, with a new ten-second clip that features all the previous props – phaser, insignia, uniform, etc. – but also appears to have snuck in a glimpse at the new Starfleet tricorders used by the Shenzhou and Discovery crews.

It passes by quickly, but here’s a snap of the new tricorder display screen, along with what appears to be a possible sensing instrument which accompanies it.

A new sensor unit?
Tricorder display panel.

The display format of this tricorder seems to be similar in nature to the Starfleet scanner seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (below), which had a central display above controls on the body of the unit.

Sulu scans while on planet Genesis. (“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”)

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Announced today, the cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery will be appearing at August’s annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, the yearly summit of Trek fans sure to be a welcoming crowd to the new show’s team.

Like at Comic-Con this week, the convention will feature a display of Discovery props and special exhibits highlighting the new series.

Star Trek: Discovery will help kick off Star Trek Las Vegas with appearances by cast members, writers, producers, and designers on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 2nd in the Leonard Nimoy Theater. And that’s not all, as Star Trek.com and CBS ALL ACCESS will bring multiple exhibits, special panels, daily contests, authors and much more to the five-day event.

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Also announced today is the official street date and description of Star Trek: Discovery #1the tie-in comic from IDW Publishing launching along with the series this fall.

Star Trek: Discovery #1—Cover A: Tony Shasteen—GEM OF THE MONTH
Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (w) • Tony Shasteen (a & c)

Warp into adventure with this new comic book series that ties into the new Star Trek television show premiering in late September on CBS All Access in the U.S., the Space channel in Canada and Netflix throughout the rest of the world! Details remain secretive so we can’t show you covers yet, but we can tell you that you won’t want to miss this very special KLINGON-centric series. Be prepared for action, adventure, and Star Trek at its best!

Written by longtime Trek comic scribe Mike Johnson and series (and Trek novel) writer Kirsten Beyer, the as-yet-unseen comic debuts in October 25, with variant “Ships of the Line” cover art from Declay Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

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Finally, images of the SDCC Discovery exhibits and special event features are already hitting the web ahead of the official opening.

You can see below a number of social media photos from both the fan Discovery Captain’s Chair booth, as well as our first look at the props and artwork on display at the special Discovery gallery in San Diego.

Bring on Comic-Con!

  • M33

    “Curiouser and curiouser.”

    Interesting aesthetic choices.

    Are these meant to be Discovery’s design choices or the Shenzou’s or both?

    • M33

      Also, is that shot of the captain’s chair from the Discovery bridge?
      If so, it is the first time a turbolift opens directly behind the captain’s chair.

      • That’s a digital backdrop from the photo op booth.

        • TUP

          Good. A turbolift opening directly behind the Captain seems odd. Although in previous incarnations the Captain still had to turn pretty far around to see who was entering his bridge.

          From a framing perspective, I’d think the point of the turbolift being off-centre is to frame the Captain with someone entering dramatically over his/her shoulder.

      • Pretty sure just the chair is at SDCC, with either a green screen or banner behind it. Don’t know how accurate the set-up is.

      • Dan King

        It’s the multi species toilet. Don’t assume gender!

  • That Klingon armor/suit is amazingly detailed. The face is crazy, I can’t figure out what’s going on with that.

    • hellion

      but all those lines, ripples and grooves seem to be visually unfounded. they seem to serve no purpose (whatever that purpose may be). in my opinion the suit looks complex just for the sake of complexity.

    • Dan King

      It looks like it’s from the early 90’s kid shows like beetleborgs

    • GIBBS v2

      An incredible piece of art and design.

    • Dan King

      It’s called a power ranger villian of the week

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    CBS will start running promotional commercials on the main CBS network for Discovery staring within the next several weeks.

  • Snap

    Whoever is composing these videos is really doing a disservice to these props. Extreme close ups, somewhat blurry and lens flares, followed by a quick blurry, lens flare close up. It makes it very difficult to glean much about the props as a whole. I hope SDCC or Star Trek Las Vegas provides some clear pictures of the props to illustrate how cool they are.

    • Morgan Smith

      They’re called teasers for a reason. And I think most of the reaction to them (including both the content and presentation) has been overwhelmingly positive.

      • Snap

        Yeah, but it actually hurts my eyes to try and watch them. It just makes me hope the show proper isn’t filmed that way.

    • TUP

      I think thats the point.

      • Snap

        Yeah, it would have been much better for them to maintain radio silence and not show anything than show a garbage placeholder.

        • TUP

          Well other then the overwhelmingly positive reaction and hype, I suppose so.

  • Thomas Mossman

    I have to say that, on the whole, the Klingon stuff has captured my interest way more than the actual Starfleet stuff. I even find myself being less interested in the Starfleet/Federation characters to an extent than the Klingons.

  • Dan King

    A big gamble CBS is taking. If this show is not accepted by the fans, Star Trek is dead. It’s not looking good folks.

    • Quonk

      Well, that’s a big IF

    • Actually, a lot of us are excited about the new show! Sorry to hear that you are not.

      • Your Worst Nightmare

        Yup. Just because there are some loud disgruntled voices on the internet, doesn’t mean the rest of the world isn’t interested. The proof will be in the show, not the little teases we’re getting.

      • Ace Stephens

        He’s not only not excited – he insists on making cynical, sometimes trollish claims on almost every update in order to stress how awful he thinks it is, is being received, whatever.

        As a result, I’m not very receptive to his criticism (or “sorry” he isn’t excited since he seems determined not to be while “sharing” that bitterness with others). Even if his concerns may have validity on occasion (for instance, I might understand his point while disagreeing with it), it’s a bit like the boy who cried wolf.

        • DC Forever

          Yea, he can’t go a day without some lame put-down of the show.

          • Dan King

            I am not happy with what I see. I am hard to please and from what I have seen they have failed in their goal.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            What do you want, then?
            What do you see as their goal?

          • Dan King

            Well, we all know whatever happens on this show is really not important. We know by the future TOS and movies and TNG that everything is OK.

            What could possibly be the endgame?

            On another note, since it’s set even before TOS, none of the technology will be cutting edge or exciting.

            What they should have done is model the show after the Titan commanded by Captain Riker. Troi would be on board, and Lt. Commander Tuvok as tactical officer.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I respectfully disagree with all of this.

            First, I really don’t want to see a Titan series or anything set after Nemesis. I like Jonathan Frakes but I don’t think he’st the greatest actor in the world. Just like George Takei and Michael Dorn and their efforts for their character-centric series, I’m not convinced Frakes cannot hold a series on his own. But I respect that’s what you want to see. I’m sorry, for your sake, that you’re not getting what you want.

            Second, what does the technology matter in the long run? I respect that this is a reason why people like Star Trek, but if you look at everything created in Star Trek, its all fairly the same. How many different kinds of phasers or phase pistols or torpedoes or shields or armor do we have? They all do the exact same thing as Roddenberry created with “The Cage” or TOS. Sorry but its true.

            If you’re speaking of technology that we can adapt to OUR time? How do you know that? First and foremost, we’ve already seen in the trailer, holograms, which were hardly ever used in Star Trek to date. We don’t know what other ideas the creators might come up with. And I’ll also disagree with any argument that JUST because we didn’t see it in any previous movie or series we can’t see it here. I don’t subscribe to the whole “it cant exist!” theory. Because anything based off of TOS with “tapes” and the designs would be laughed off the screen today. To put it simply: Discovery is not made for you or for me. Its trying a fresh take to bring in new audience members and trying to keep as much of the core audience as it can. Going all the way back to TMP, we know that Trek fans sometimes have a hard time with change. That’s not a criticism. It’s a fact. So, yeah, they’re going to extrapolate a future based off of 2017 over 1966. *shrugs* I’m sorry, but that’s just what they’re going to do. And anything else would be laughed off the screen.

            As for the “endgame,” again, every Star Trek series has played it relatively safe. In DS9, was there really an idea that the Federation was going to lose the Dominion War? Of course not! There were TNG movies to think about. And even though they “killed” off Sisko, there was an opening to bring him back. Was there any real chance that Nemesis was going to kill Picard or not leave a possible thread for Brent Spiner to return as a B4/Data redux? Of course not! There was always the POSSIBILITY of a sequel. Was Voyager not going to make it home? Of course not! Because MAYBE there would be Voyager movies someday! All very safe. So I call shenanigans on the “really not important” part. Because with that logic, nothing in Star Trek is important.

            I personally hope the Discovery producers take some risks. We already know characters aren’t safe. That’s something that was never really a thing on Star Trek, unless they had contract issues, of course. But I don’t want to have them kill characters just for shock value. It needs to make sense in the course of the series. I honestly hope at the end, there are changes that stick for the Star Trek universe. It is, after all, a big universe, and who’s to say just because we’ve seen the voyages of six starships and a space station that we truly know what greater implications there are for the rest of the galaxy.

            As I’ve said all along: I may think DSC might be garbage. I still don’t know enough about it to know for sure. All I’ve seen is a few minutes of out of context footage, a few promos showing some very titillating shots of the series props, some stills, a few costumes, and some key art. I don’t know what the series is truly about. I hope SDCC this weekend changes that for all of us. We’ll see!

          • M33

            YWN, I really enjoyed your post. I agree with nearly all of it, and well-articulated.
            I do, however, think some of that 60s computer lingo could still be utilized in a creative/reinterpretive way.
            For instance, “tapes” could be “TAIPs” (being some technobabble acronym for an advanced tech than ours).
            “LASERs” could be “LAZIRs”, an acronym with a different technobabble meaning.
            “Memory banks” could still be thrown in there just for fun.
            “Lithium” crystals (from Mudd’s first episode) might just be shorthand for “dilithium”.
            Etc.
            I think there can be some flexibility to be forgiving to the dated nature of the language in TOS, considering all those words we almost never saw in writing onscreen.
            Just a thought (as cheesy-geek it might be).

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Interesting thought! Very creative.

          • Dan King

            Mudd needed some lithium I think

    • TUP

      Ummmm….huh? Its looking great.

      A clearly big budget show backed not only by CBS but by Netflix. With a business model that puts a priority on the fans who watch rather then the advertises who break down viewership to a demographic science.

      This is the best chance Trek has had since….well probably DS9 and maybe since TNG to truly resonate with the wider audience.

      to say its not looking good is truly ludicrous.

      • Dan King

        Apparently you are not in the loop of the fans who almost universally dislike what has been shown, with odd exceptions.

        • TUP

          The recent releases of props and info has been overwhelmingly positively received. I cant speak for your neighbors but that is evident if you look at Star Trek fan sites online. Very positive.

        • Quonk

          the fans who almost universally dislike what has been shown

          You mean the tiny but annoyingly vocal minority hoping to incite flamewars on the venerable Trek BBS, the Trekmovie comments section and this platform? Well, they’re actually quite easy to ignore.

        • DC Forever
          • Dan King

            Please stop insulting people who voted for Trump. No politics.

    • Karl

      I don’t understand their obsession with recreating TOS steampunk junk.

  • Karl

    Great, more steampunk junk for the TOS fans to cream over.

  • Tom

    TrekCore
    if you attend and you have a chance here are some questions for the panel which I you may ask anyway. Not sure if they are doing a Q & A or how many you would get to ask.
    1. What changes have been made as a result of Bryan Fullers departure?
    2. Why this particular timeline?
    3 Michael Dorn was asked to be on the show. Do you foresee past Trek characters appearing in the series such as Original Series characters other than Sarek given the timeline?
    4. At last years panel Bryan teased a Shatner return. Well?

    • Dan King

      1: Almost everything. Les Moonves demanded the show look like the Kelvin movies.
      2: It’s the prime timeline, it’s what the fans wanted. 😉
      3: Yes! We plan to milk past characters as much as possible. $$$
      4: Shatner wants too much money, and 100 horses. We can’t afford him.

      • TUP

        If you had wit that might have been amusing. As it is, a pointless reply.

        Good question, Tom.

        • Dan King

          Correction, 200 horses

          • TUP

            Even less witty.

          • Dan King

            400 horses, all female?

        • Tom

          Thanks TUP. I hope someone asks. As you have stated numerous times in the past, a good writer can create a meaningful story for Shatner. Will they do it for Discovery? Unfortunately recent past tells us no(Enterprise,JJ movies)

      • DC Forever

        Keep your day job, because the comedian thing isn’t working so well. :-))