Star Trek: Discovery lead Sonequa Martin-Green made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday, and along with being interviewed on the program, she also helped debut the first standalone episode clip from Discovery‘s first season.

The clip is included in the below Twitter video, released by The Late Show on Wednesday evening:

In this brief clip, we see the first encounter between Michael Burnham, clad in her Starfleet thruster suit, and the Klingon Torchbearer warrior, armed with bat’leth and ready to fight.

Scanning – from Burnham’s point of view.
The Torchbearer arrives.
Burnham and the Torchbearer face off.
The Klingon crest is found in the Starfleet database.
Burnham introduces herself.
Also familiar is the Klingon bat’leth, identified by Burnham’s suit.

Just as she introduces herself to the warrior – after her spacesuit has scanned and identified the adversary as a Klingon (complete with handy visual indicators on the heads-up display in her helmet – the Torchbearer strikes out with his bat’leth to attack the officer.

Martin-Green didn’t spill any new plot or story secrets during her Late Show appearance, but she did reveal that when the Discovery cast traveled to Jordan to film scenes on the desert planet, the prince of Jordan visited the set.

  • Thomas Elkins

    I like that she had no clue what it was until she scanned and identified a symbol on the armor.

    • I liked that, too. This Torchbearer is apparently something new to Starfleet, just as it is to us. It also indicates that Starfleet couldn’t identify the ship as Klingon.

    • Nowhereman10

      This makes things much more interesting and helps with a lot of the potential canon issues if this is indeed a new element of the Klingon culture and people that Starfleet has never seen before.

  • Finally, an actual clip from the show! 🙂 Still liking what I see. The look and feel of it are certainly top notch.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    So that’s before TOS? K…

    • Csere Mihaly

      Yes it is. It is also a big budget TV series from 2017 not from 1966

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        So 2017 = pandering and nonsense? I’ll stick with the 1966.

        • TrekFan4387

          You’ll stick with 1966? Does that mean you’ll no longer comment on Discovery stories?!? How awesome would that be??

          • Charles Baxter

            It would be nicer if you learned to be quiet and respect the opinion of others, not that I agree with ether of you…..

          • Tom had to be reigned in by the mods for his bashing. No one cares if this is not his cuppa, that is cool whatever. What Bugs people is he comes on each and every one of these threads, says the same things every time and all around sh!ts on anyone who might like it.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            You haven’t been honest to yourself either. Every time someone comments about poor visual continuity you state visual continuity doesn’t exist and then contradict yourself by referencing something on screen.

          • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

            Another fanboy…

      • Pedro Ferreira

        If it’s big budget where did the money go?

        • Csere Mihaly

          I will tell you when I see the show.

    • Did you just start watching the clips and teasers? I feel like you’ve commented on earlier ones. Seems like you’re repeatedly surprised by the new look of the show. So, here you go: Yes, Discovery is set before TOS in the Prime timeline, with a visual update to bring it up to snuff with modern productions. Nothing I said in that previous line is going to change, so I assume we can take your previous comment as your final word on this?

      • TUP

        Yeah, the whining about the visuals is weird. I mean, we’re days away from the premiere. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, which would be odd for a fan posting here, you know what the show looks like!

        Please dont be surprised when they release the NEXT clip and it STILL doesn’t look like the 1960’s! lol

        • Nowhereman10

          There are a few more things that this series could do to make more of a visual connection to TOS, like the TOS-style warp nacelles, which IMHO, would look awesome on the Shenzou, and would still look good to audiences of 2017.

          That being said, I do love the little references thrown in like the communicator, phaser, and tricorder, which even have trace references to “The Cage”.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        This is the Prime Universe? Doesn’t look like it to me.

  • pittrek

    It’s a pity they didn’t find a woman with voice similar to Majel’s for the computer voice

    • Karl

      Majel had recorded her voice phonetically (like siri, echo, satnav etc) to be used after her death, so CBS had every opportunity to do just that. Once again throwing the majority of the budget at visuals. #NotMyStarTrek

      • Aaron

        Perhaps they attempted to do just that, but it just didn’t sound good. As good as Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Google Now, etc. are – there are times that it is painfully aware that you are talking to a computer. Such a thing should not be the case in a show taking place in the early 23rd century. You’re negativity based on shockingly little info (and we really don’t have a lot to go one despite the plethora of media material out there) is kinda sad.

        • Charles Baxter

          Voice be damned, no matter who does it. The reality is that not computer voice would be able to properly communicate with out a full understanding of emotions..

          • TUP

            It would be nice if it was Majel’s voice. But it really doesnt matter. It obviously wasnt going to be the computerized “working…working…” voice of TOS. And oddly, it seems the “make it look like the 60’s” crowd wouldnt have an issue with using Majel’s voice with “modern” voice. But #CANON lol

      • Charles Baxter

        I think your tag line should be #NoMoreTNGWaaaaaa!

        • Pedro Ferreira

          #NoMoreDiscovery you mean?

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Really? What did she record?

  • Karl

    If it looks like JaJa, smells like JaJa, then it’s probably JaJa.
    To specifically create a prequel in order to moneydrop on another show, and then fundamentally change literally EVERYTHING from the ground up is completely illogical.

    I won’t be propping this garbage up by becoming a viewing figure, or god forbid directly lining CBS’s dirty money hole.

    It’s a no from me.

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      Really? I thought you just made this decision to not watch this. Color me surprised. I mean, its not like you don’t post dozens of negative posts on every Discovery article.

      • Karl

        It gets worse with every desperate marketing ploy

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          Yeah, I feel the same with people who keep trying to destroy this thing before it actually airs, but to each his own!

          • Karl

            So it’s going to be completely dissimilar from everything that’s been presented so far, and we should pay for the privilege to check that it’s not pissed all over canon?

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I didn’t say you had to pay for it. You’ve made the decision not to. That’s fine by me. But you can piss all over it and those interested in it and that’s okay? Seems to be hypocritical to me.

          • Karl

            Virtually no one is looking forward to it. The very, very slither of those interested are TOS fans who are happy to accept a compromise. Aside from that NO ONE want’s this. You can see that, right?

          • Aaron

            Actually you seem to be far the most vocal person against this show – which is totally fine. But don’t shit on the people that are looking forward to it. Attempting to be holier than thou just isn’t a good look on anyone.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Amen!

          • TUP

            I’ve noticed two types of people on these boards. The 98% who are logical, reasonable and rational. Within that 98% you have some really excited and positive about the show, some cautiously optimistic, some not really thrilled, some who are quite concerned. But the majority are able to discuss pros, cons, different opinions etc with an open mind and mature attitude.

            Then the 2% who are just wildly negative, irrational, unreasonable, illogical. To the extent they invent clearly false facts to try and give credence to their ridiculous perspective. And to be honest, it’s probably not even 1%. The best part is, the one thing they all have in common is their sworn oath not to watch. Which means we wont have to wade through their sewage-like opinions once the show airs.

          • Aaron

            Except, more than likely, that 1%-2% will probably watch anyways – just so they can bitch about it more on these forums 🙂

          • TUP

            Absolutely. They will ALL watch. You dont post regularly on forums like this and NOT watch the new Trek series. What will happen is, they will claim they didnt watch, but will, and then try to fake their posts as if they didnt but it will be obvious by their weird detailed nitpicking.

            But who cares. If the show has problems, and Im sure there will be things I dont like, the rational among us can discuss it like adults!

            Imagine being a Trek fan and wanting it to fail…?

          • Aaron

            It’s an interesting mentality to have. On the one hand claiming to love Star Trek and all that it stands for, but at the same time dismissing anything that isn’t “their” Star Trek. And not only dismissing it, but wanting it to fail and berating anyone who actually does like it as not real fans. It’s as if one the fundamentals tenets of Star Trek – IDIC, only applies when s/he deems it apply. I’m really glad I don’t have that mentality, I imagine life has to be pretty shitty with that line of thinking.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            What false facts exactly TUP? Stuff you don’t wish to hear?

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I’d like to see where you’re getting this “virtually no one is looking forward to this” from. I see a group of online fans who aren’t happy for it and another group online who is very excited about it. I’ve spoken to people in reality who are very excited in this and CBS All Access subscriptions are up. So, I’m not certain where you’re getting your information from.

            I’ve been saying this since the days when people were touting Axanar as the next best thing: You can have a couple thousand people online saying things for or against a topic, but you can’t be 100% certain that the entire fanbase is for it. There are millions of Star Trek fans in the world. Not every one of them, and in fact, I’d say a large majority doesn’t have the time or inclination to post about it online.

            I’m not 100% sure this is going to be amazing. I’m not sure I’m going to watch past the first few episodes. I’m willing to give it a chance. I think those people who are so taken aback by this series need to just relax. If you don’t want to watch it, fine. I’m not going to push you to try. But I will fight commentary like this because I doubt you have any real proof.

          • A_Warrior_of_Marley

            Yeah, I respect that some people don’t want to watch the show or are skittish about it, but I really dislike the arrogance behind people who broad brush claim that no fan (meaning me) will watch the show at all. Well, I am a Star Trek fan and I am going to give this show its chance and if it doesn’t deliver, then I’ll stop.

            But *I* will make that choice. Karl does not speak for me.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            Exactly that!

          • Armand Laroche

            Even if I don’t like the look or think I’m going to like where they’re going to take this I’d still like to watch it, mostly because I find more recent iterations of Trek age better with time. As a teenager I was a bigger TNG fan versus DS9, now I love DS9 over TNG and I’ve even warmed to voyager a little but my larger concern is cord cutters have become such a demographic that I think in the long run we’re really going to screw ourselves and end up with a worse predicament than what we have with the cable/Sat companies. I mean come on, it seems like everyone and their uncle is putting up a on demand service, at 10-15 dollars a pop it won’t take you long to reach the level of investment that It would of taken for you to have a 60-100 channel package, you’re paying more for less, although that less is targeted, And to the person who said earlier that if someone makes a product I pay for it, yes that’s true however up until the last I say 8-10 Years (birth of hulu Netflix) Television was brought to you by someone else you paid with your time, and other paid to bring you the content in hopes that you would buy their stuff instead. Minus the cost of the TV because surely someone will bring that up. Although I think in the very beginning the television broadcasters subsidized the actual sets too (although i’m not 100 percent sure that’s factual)

          • TUP

            Are you still lying about interest? Are you still whining about the “look”?

            Like really…lol

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I also can’t help but notice you completely sidestepped my calling your argument hypocritical.

          • TUP

            How is it dissimilar from everything presented so far? And yup, you *should* pay for the privilege to watch it if you want to. You dont have to. Thats how it works. If a company makes something I might want, I pay them for it. Weird concept.

    • TUP

      If by “Jaja” you mean “looks really cool”, I agree.

      And thank goodness you wont be watching. Does that mean you will stop posting too? No reason to post if you’re not watching!

      • No, No, he is gonna watch every single episode so he can explain to us how its bad,

    • It certainly seems obvious at this point that Discovery is not aimed at you. It’s not like CBS is expecting ALL previous Trek fans to fall in love with this show. Perhaps it’s time for you to just let go? I think it’s unlikely that your opinion will change with the release of any additional media.

  • Matineer

    I like the clip, but why does a Starfleet computer know it’s a Klingon and she doesn’t? Even with a big Klingon logo on it. Just hoping these guys aren’t too dependent on computers — until Kirk shows up and talks them into overloading in a few years.

    • TUP

      Isnt the Klingon logo just on the Torchbearer suit? Presumably the Obelisk is unfamiliar to Star Fleet. Computer scans Torchbearer and “defines” the Klingon logo. I would suspect its pretty dark and hard to see with the naked eye. But we’ll find out soon enough!

    • The big Klingon logo was not immediately obvious. The computer could have waited for her to discover it, but that seems like a waste of the computing power available to her. Now, if the Klingon emblem was big, red, and in the middle of the Torchbearer’s chest, that might be another story! 🙂

    • It was an unknown armor. The computer spotted the Logo, but we know the armor is one of a kind, a relic. So Federation folks have likely never seen it before. They sure as heck did not know the Klingon Relic she was standing on was Klingon.

  • Fiery Little One

    Interesting.

  • SpaceCadet

    The King of Jordan made a non-speaking cameo in Star Trek: Voyager. Looks like the love of Star Trek runs in the family! Incidentally, the King of Jordan is also investing in a Star Trek theme park that’s supposed to open this year in that country.

  • Pedro Ferreira

    0:14 If you want to skip Stephen “one more joke about Trump please?” Colbert (and any sane person would).

    The picture still looks off somehow.