Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Discovery Update

Last night, Star Trek: Discovery had a gala premiere in Hollywood.  Many Trek alums including William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Nicole DeBoer, Nana Visitor, Roxann Dawson, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Anthony Montgomery, and the Okudas were in attendance.  The news from Discovery has been flying fast and furious this week with new behind the scenes videos and images being shared on social media. The titles of the first four episodes of the series have been released.  The first half of the pilot is entitled "The Vulcan Hello".

One of the recent videos has given us a glimpse of Michael Burnham in a Vulcan costume.  The costume fits in well with the movie-era Vulcan designs we've seen like T'Lar's costume from Star Trek III. The context of the images seems to be Sarek delivering Burnham to the USS Shenzhou.

The same video shows a young Burnham, presumably on Vulcan, it what looks like one of the learning pods from Star Trek (2009).

We've also seen a glimpse of James Frain's Sarek makeup being applied.

Reviews of the new series have been embargoed until the 25th but the comments on social media from those who were at last night's premiere have me pretty excited for Discovery!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

James Frain as Sarek

CBS has released 14 new official stills from Star Trek: Discovery including one of James Frain as Sarek.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Discovery Posters Revealed

Today, the Television Critics Association was able to ask questions of a Star Trek: Discovery panel and the team revealed 11 new posters, each featuring a different character.  Here is James Frain as Sarek.

The panel also revealed the show's new theme song. Apparently it includes references to the original Alexander Courage theme and was recorded by a 60 piece orchestra.  I can't wait to hear it!  

I expect more Discovery news to be forthcoming this week as the Star Trek Las Vegas convention begins tomorrow.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery at SDCC

For anyone who spends any time online, it will have been difficult to miss all the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.  Star Trek: Discovery had a large presence with a display of costumes, props, and artwork at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Art Gallery, a large panel with cast and creators on Saturday, and new merchandise at the QMX booth.

While most of the attention has gone to the Klingons thus far, two items on display in the gallery will be of special interest to Vulcanologists.  First, a costume worn by James Frain as Sarek.  When I did my breakdown of the first trailer, the costume designer had not yet been confirmed.  We now know it is Gersha Phillips (Falling Skies, House of Cards, Mortal Instruments).  The plaque beside the costume reads:

"The father of Spock, husband to Amanda Grayson, and mentor to Michael Burnham, Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) is a Vulcan diplomat held in extremely high esteem.  His traditional robes reflect the Vulcan culture and its devotion to a life of pure logic, serious intellectual pursuits, and spiritual contemplation."

In their panel and subsequent press interviews, the cast and writers revealed that Michael Burnham is a human whose parents die and who is then adopted by Sarek and Amanda.  Some fans seemed to be quite distressed by this idea since Spock having an adopted sister is new to canon.  It doesn't bother me.  Spock is not known for discussing his family details unless necessary.  I'm really interested to see Amanda and Sarek raising a human child on Vulcan.

Next to Sarek's costume was a small shadowbox containing an IDIC.

The plaque next to the IDIC reads:

"The IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) pendant is worn by Vulcan Science Academy graduates as well as professors and high scholars."

I quite like the pendant which was apparently 3D printed and hand painted.  The description on the plaque suggests that we will see other Vulcans besides Sarek. This is agreeable.

From what we've seen so far, I am impressed by the attention to detail that the artists and designers have paid to their work.  It's clear that everyone from the writers and producers to the cast is very aware of the legacy of Star Trek and they are eager to do right by fans.