It’s what people have been asking for for some time – finally, CBS has released the first official cast/character portrait photos of the new Star Trek: Discovery crew!

Arriving online from the studio today, this first (and likely not final) wave of cast shots feature several human and alien members of the series cast.

In addition to these stunning new cast shots, there’s also a handful of new episodic promotional photos arriving, from deeper into Discovery‘s first season.

As soon as we’ve got larger versions of each of these new photos, look for them to be added to our ever-growing Star Trek: Discovery image gallery!

  • Mo

    I’m just happy it’s not a Rick-Berman-driven white-is-always-the-default cast.

    • Paweł Ausir Dembowski

      Given how diverse the cast of DS9, and to some extent also VOY was (DS9’s only white American males in the regular cast were under heavy alien make-up, and the only other white man at least was Irish played by an Irish actor), anything that came after that, starting with Enterprise and then the Kelvin films, was pretty disappointing in that regard, reverting to the level of TOS in terms of representation (which was great for its age, but rather regressive for today).

      • Mo

        Look closer at Berman’s entire run, starting with TNG. It’s mostly bland.

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          I think it’s very difficult so suggest that Star Trek has been particularly diverse (I know you didn’t… just building onto the conversation). When out of the 43 major characters (I do not include Rand or Chapel here) throughout the run of TOS through ENT, 72% have been Caucasian and 70% have been males. Please note I’m not counting aliens, androids or holograms, because come on… they’re all really humans and the production staff could choose to cast minorities in those places IF THEY CHOSE TO.

          To see my math, please look below. I noted rounding errors when they occurred.

          TOS
          5 Caucasian males (71%)
          1 Asian male (14%)
          1 African American female (14%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          5 Caucasians (71%)
          1 Asian (14%)
          1 African American (14%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          6 males (86%)
          1 female (14%)

          TNG
          4 Caucasian males (44%)
          3 Caucasian females (33%)
          2 African American males (22%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          7 Caucasians (78%)
          2 African Americans (22%)

          6 males (66%)
          3 females (33%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          DS9
          4 Caucasian males (40%)
          3 Caucasian females (30%)
          3 African American males (30%)

          7 Caucasians (70%)
          3 African Americans (30%)

          7 males (70%)
          3 females (30%)

          VOY
          4 Caucasian males (40%)
          3 Caucasian females (30%)
          1 Caucasian/African American female (10%)
          1 Asian male (10%)
          1 African American male (10%)

          7 Caucasians (70%)
          1 Mixed (10%)
          1 Asian (10%)
          1 African American (10%)

          6 males (60%)
          4 females (40%)

          ENT
          4 Caucasian males (57%)
          1 Caucasian female (14%)
          1 Asian female (14%)
          1 African American male (14%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          5 Caucasian (71%)
          1 Asian (14%)
          1 African American (14%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          Overall
          21 Caucasian Males (49%)
          10 Caucasian Females (23%)
          2 Asian Males (5%)
          1 Asian Females (2%)
          7 African American Males (16%)
          1 African American Females (2%)
          1 Mixed Females (2%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          31 Caucasians (72%)
          3 Asians (7%)
          9 African Americans (21%)
          1 Mixed (2%)
          (rounding error is present here)

          30 males (70%)
          13 females (30%)

          • Desert Chess Game

            You somehow missed that Siddig el Fadil isn’t wholly caucasian…

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            I considered that. And that’s fair and perhaps I could have considered it more. Admittedly, I was up late doing this on my phone, which is not the ideal setting. If I did, it really doesn’t change the figures that much.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          You find find TNG bland but you can’t say it wasn’t multi-cultural.

          • Mo

            As I said elsewhere, I was exaggerating. Berman’s casting acknowledged the idea of multi-culturalism. But it still had a long way to go.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Discovery has as much diversity as TNG or DS9. The difference is those Berman shows didn’t hop and dance about it in every press interview, probably because there was more to promote to the viewer.

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      Berman never had a white default cast…

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        Paris was the only actual white man in Voyager, don’t be PC

        • Paweł Ausir Dembowski

          Well, the Doctor was still a white man too, even if a holographic one.

      • Mo

        I’m exaggerating, but not much.

        • It certainly appears that you’re exaggerating by quite a bit. I’m curious to hear you defend your statement.

          • Mo

            It’s an impression, borne out by watching all these series several times. I don’t feel a need to defend it. Anyone who felt comfortable with Berman’s casting choices throughout his tenure—not just for leads, but also for dozens of supporting guest roles over two decades—probably felt so for a reason.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            The casts throughout the Berman years was multi-cultural like TOS. I’d love to know where this thinking of all white casting comes from.

      • Pedro Ferreira
    • pittrek

      1. What does “white-is-always-the-default” mean? What’s with that anti-white racism in America? It sounds both scary and dumb.

      2. Normal people don’t care about race / ethnicity / sexual orientation / gender etc. but about things like personality.
      3. Berman’s shows were not “white default”. Only the Enterprise cast was mostly white.
      4. Why do so many people have anti-Berman comments all over the internet? He has given us decades of great stories! Both he and Braga deserve much better treatment from the “fans”

      • Mo

        You’ve made a lot of literal assumptions about what I said. Define “normal.”

      • SpaceCadet

        1. White is the default when casting in entertainment in America. A person of color here in general has to go above and beyond to those casting a movie or TV series so that their ethnicity isn’t seen as a factor or a detriment to the role being auditioned for.
        2. Did someone elect you the spokesperson for “normal people”? I’m a normal person and I for one care and like the fact we finally have the first Black female lead on a Star Trek series, the first Asian female captain on a Star Trek series, and the first gay characters on a Star Trek series. And I’m sure they’ll have great personalities too!
        3. Have you seen any Berman show aside from Enterprise? They were ALL mostly white.
        4. No one denies that Berman contributed to Star Trek but in the end he drove the final nail in the coffin in TV Trek with “These are the Voyages” and film Trek with “Nemesis” and both had to be rebooted without him.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          3) How exactly? I’m interested to know because that sounds completely wrong.

          • SpaceCadet

            Maybe you haven’t watched those series then because the main casts are majority white.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            No they aren’t especially when it comes to cultures. I’m sorry but that’s a really ignorant statement to make. I detect some revisionist history going on here by a pro-Discovery fan. Good think I don’t hop on the bandwagon and declare everything older rubbish whenever the next new thing comes along.

          • SpaceCadet

            Are you a denier of hard facts and truths? Use google or Wikipedia or memory alpha to help you in investigating the race/ethnicity of the main casts. It’s not that hard.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Strange because when I look at what cultures where everybody is from it’s pretty obvious they’re not all white Americans. Or are you seeing what you want to see?

          • SpaceCadet

            No one ever talked about “culture” or said “American”. You interjected that. Go back to the original post that clearly wrote “white-is-always-the-default cast” which is accurate and which you responded to.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Again that’s flawed because someone who is white doesn’t have to necessarily be from America. A lot of people in Star Trek are white but aren’t actual from English speaking white cultures. That doesn’t in any way take away the diversity. You’re looking for mountains in mole hills and I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove and why.

          • SpaceCadet

            The cast of TNG: majority white. The cast of DS9: majority white. The cast of VOY: majority white. Those are facts, not fake news. Case closed. No one declared “everything older rubbish”. That is just you making that up.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            It’s fake facts you’re spewing and a complete load of utter rubbish.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        It’s called revisionist history. Some person on the Internet complains about an older show when a new one comes on, that it was never good enough. It’s easier to hop on the bandwagon that way.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Someone never saw Berman Star Trek…

  • Some great photos here. Love the exposed pipes in the corridors like the TOS Enterprise. Tilly’s work station has switches and Tyler’s uniform seems to have black detail instead of the Gold, Silver or Bronze.

    • Tyler is actually wearing the version of the Starfleet uniform that is paired with the black tactical vest — with no metallic detailing.

  • BreezyBree

    So excited!

  • STERLING ARCHER

    If the first officer gets naked, then it may be worth it.

    • Tuskin38

      No nudity.

  • troydub

    Why are the officers wearing the USS Enterprise insignia? The USS Enterprise insignia wasn’t adopted until sometime after the Enterprise returned from its five year mission. Before that, each ship, base and facility had their own respective insignia.

    Example: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/4e/71/12/4e71123c2a0682dade62e4b7a1d90f4b–star-trek-insignia-star-ship.jpg

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      And yet in “Shore Leave,” characters not on the Enterprise wore the “Enterprise insignia.”

      • troydub

        Yeah, that totally answers the question posed.

        http://1701news.com/node/192/birth-starfleet-insignia.html

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          Well, if you want REAL speculation, it’s not the Enterprise emblem. It’s got a break in the delta. Different enough to make a difference if you ask me.

      • Snap

        Except in “Shore Leave” the only non-Enterprise Starfleet character we saw (unless I’m mistaken) was Finnegan and he most definitely was not wearing the delta.

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          There are several officers at the starbase wearing the delta shield. I think they’re in the bar when Kirk goes in there. They may have been from Kirk’s graduating class?

          • Snap

            That’s “Court Martial” not “Shore Leave.” Shore Leave is the episode about the planet where the crew’s fantasies are manufactured.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            You are, of course, correct. Brain fart.

    • Jack Burton

      Because this re-imagining doesn’t respect established canon. And the appearances are the least of it’s problems.

      • Where in the canon was the ‘this is the Enterprise symbol only and was adopted by Starfleet later in recognition of their tremendous accomplishments’ argument made? Because the only place I’ve ever seen it were in Beta canon at best, though they may have even been tertiary sources like FASA.

      • Robert Schoen

        It’s not established canon.

        • Jack Burton

          TOS only the E crew had the iconic vector. Prior to that era we would expect the same.

          • AlanMorlock

            Except that isn’t true even on TOS. See Court Martial, where crewmen from other ships and other captains that are at the starbase have the Delta.

          • Jack Burton

            One episode vs many. We could say that at that point they slowly started to phase over to the delta for all. Prior it’s clear there was a diverse amount of individual ship insignias. Again least of my worries. They have already willfully violated major Trek substance. Of course my comment was removed on that.

          • Your previous comment was removed because you referred to the new series as a “raping” of the franchise. Please moderate your tone going forward – if you see previous articles there are many discussions where individuals criticize “Discovery” without sinking to that level.

          • AlanMorlock

            It’s more than episode that’s just the one I can name for sure off the top of my head. There were other insignia but there was disagreement even behind the scenes what they should be used for. The intent was that star bases would have their own. The insignia we see on other ships tended to be worn by comodores and admirals. The point is, the show itself was completely in consistent, the show runners disagreed with the costume designer and many of the assumptions about the insignia and lore about why and when it was adopted feet wide are beta canon at best.

          • TUP

            This has been debunked.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Do you mean Discovery? No it isn’t.

      • Sure it does, canon changes, all the time. Blame ENT and First contact, they changed this bit of Federation history.

    • pittrek

      Do you honestly think that somebody from the producers knows and / or cares about the patches?

    • ENT changed all that. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d899780834446f8b706b5c9f402202ce50daa64958c0c051ee3784e571e8a36.jpg

      That was starfleets logo before the formation of the federation. You can blame First contact most likeily as it exposed people to the Delta before they meet the Vulcans.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    Lens flare!

  • Jack Burton

    Boils down to this. They have bragged about more crew conflict and death like Game of Thrones, Ignoring series canon, destroying Roddenberry’s writing guide to what makes Star Trek special. LETS REVIEW…. (Optimism and depicting a leveled up advanced humanity exploring space in peace with intellectual stories told in very entertaining ways) What we got was an actor insulting fans that supported the TV franchises by the way and thus created HIS job. The ENTIRE first season is devoted to WAR. That’s not Star TREK. It’s called Star TREK TREK… the journey. If they want conflict and war and death… well Star Wars or NU Battlestar. Fans, I plead, let this one die as it deserves. Certainly don’t pay for this raping.

  • Fiery Little One

    Hmm…

  • Jack Burton

    Heads up. Comments being removed here critical of Misdiscovery. I posted no nudity, I did not use bad language.

  • Quikmix

    I WANT to be enthusiastic about this show, but nothing that I’ve seen has me optimistic. I’ll give it a shot, I guess.

    • Jack Burton

      Because it looks like everything else but Trek. Dark, conflict, war, death. That is not the optimistic future for humanity Roddenberry advocated with a leveled up evolved humanity journeying to the stars. Let’s see if this comment is removed.

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        Well said

      • hitchhiker999

        Exactly! Haven’t we had enougggghhh of the dark theme, it was risque once, novel for a short time… seriously, being intelligently optimistic would be a clever twist at this stage.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Only dark sells today it seems.

      • pittrek

        To be honest to me it visually looks like a cross between Star Wars and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica

        • Pedro Ferreira

          And that is not good.

      • Cameron

        So like Deep Space Nine then?

        • Jack Burton

          Personally I didn’t care for that series after a year or two. Trek means to journey, and a show focused on a space station inevitably worked against that. And I noticed they did go all warfare later, disappointing but some fans really get off on lots of starship combat. That’s not what Trek should focus on. TNG and TOS you saw many times how they struggled to avoid conflict or that enemies were converted to peace in some way by Picard or Kirk. Even Enterprise got too warfare oriented with Archer lamenting this.

          • A_Warrior_of_Marley

            Disagree there. Deep Space Nine’s part of “Trek” was that they did journey through a wormhole regularly to a new, unexplored part of the galaxy and unlike Voyager, they did so willingly. And it was nice that with the station being near a civilized world, we got to see a lot of development of the Bajoran peoples, not a quick peek and then never see them again as would’ve been the case 99 percent of the time with TOS and nearly the same with TNG.

            And of course we got to see the Federation at war and in doing so if they could stay true to their ideals.

            If DSC starts off with a war and then winds up in peace, I don’t see that as a bad thing at all.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          DS9 had more going on than that. Yeah it had war but it for one thing was rooted in the universe of TNG and Voyager so it looked good, secondly the war arcs were just arcs. There was other stuff going on in terms of episodes.

      • Jamie Thomas

        There’s enough of that in the world without having it fill up our TV and films.
        The war aspect that this whole series seems to be hinging it’s 1st series on is a troubling reflection of the attitude of the media towards the idea that a series will only work and be a blockbuster hit if it features gratuitous violence, sex and swearing.
        DON’T use the Game of Thrones model to make the newest Star Trek series.
        Dare to be different. Have every episode of the 1st series be about discovering a new phenomenon or species.
        Enterprise did that amazingly well in it’s first a seasons. “Dear Doctor” “Singularity” “The Crossing” “Vox Sola” “Civilization” “Silent Enemy”.
        In fact all of Enterprise was an amazing piece of television.

        • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

          Well said

    • pittrek

      I know that feeling. I am not a huge fan of DS9, but I am much more excited about the new DS9 documentary than the new show. But I will also give it a try, we really need a new GOOD Star Trek show

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        But don’t assume Discovery is good just because a new good one is needed.

    • Jamie Thomas

      I know how you feel.
      For me, the fact it is all starting with a war disturbs me. I dont deny Star Trek has featured war and all its trappings and repurcusions, it just needs start with Discovery and exploration.
      I feel this narrow window that the series is set in is also a hinderance and limits storytelling potential.
      The newest Star Trek series should really have been set in the 25th century, that way there would be more scope to branch out from established canon, have a fresh look and still be part of the Star Trek universe we all love and cherish.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        The new series wants to reflect our times and our times currently has an unhealthy obsession with war so…

    • Snap

      I totally get that feeling. I was excited when it was announced but as more and more stuff about the show is revealed, the less enthused I feel about it. That certainly wasn’t the case with the previous Trek series, though I will be checking it out just like the previous incarnations.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Yep, compare the look of this to TNG. Absolutely nothing about it looks exciting or interesting. I mean if you don’t like Star Trek it must look great but the best compliment I can give it is that it looks like any other current sci-fi show. Not unique at all.

      • SpaceCadet

        I love Star Trek and Discovery looks amazing! They’re not just doing the same thing over and over again.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Well I certainly agree with you on your second comment. I’m just not sure the results of that look good.

          • SpaceCadet

            Then maybe you should actually watch the series when it airs instead of prejudging.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            First impressions count.

  • I think I might make that Lorca photo my new desktop wallpaper. A heroic pose, if I’ve ever seen one. It actually reminds me of Peter Capaldi’s first photos as the Doctor.

  • Tuskin38

    Tilly’s badge in that corridor shot looks like it was added in post.

  • Man the phaser in Cpt Lorca’s hands looks so badass. I love it. I’m even feeling the uniforms as a good progression from ENT to TOS.

  • Good set of images. The uniforms have soooo grown on me.