Con season is officially upon us, and with the production of Star Trek: Discovery in full swing, Trekkies have been waiting to find out about what special appearances are on the docket.
The biggest of the big conventions (at least on the West Coast) is San Diego Comic-Con, which runs July 20-23. Today, CBS announced that there will indeed be a panel for Discovery at SDCC. They promise that cast and crew will attend a panel on Saturday July 22nd at 2:30PM in Ballroom 20, making this the first substantial Discovery panel ever.
They made the announcement via Twitter this morning.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) June 29, 2017
The complete list of panels and events around SDCC haven’t yet been announced, but in July TrekMovie will be doing a full preview of the event with all the Star Trek-related details including a guide to licensees and merchandise exclusives.
What to expect at SDCC
While we won’t know exactly what is planned for Ballroom 20 until it happens, we can certainly do what Trekkies do best and speculate. We do know that Ballroom 20 is where the biggest of the big television panels are held. If you’re hip to the SDCC scene, you might call it the “Hall H of TV”. The line for Ballroom 20 can easily stretch into the Embarcadero Marina Park, just south of the convention center, so if you’re planning to attend, get a group of friends, a deck of cards, and some snacks and prepare to wait around from about 7 in the morning.
What you’ll get for your time waiting in line remains to be seen, but it very well could be something big. We know the cast and crew of Discovery will be there, making this the first real panel for the new show. We might also see new material: a new trailer? Some scenes from the show? Behind-the-scenes photos?
Last year, Star Trek had a spot in the illustrious Hall H for a 50th anniversary celebration that included cast members from each television series plus creatives from the new, then unnamed, CBS show. There, then-producer Bryan Fuller announced the series’ title, teased a look at the new ship, and more. We got even more information about Discovery and the show’s themes during a junket and series of interviews after the Hall H panel let out.
TrekMovie will continue to monitor news related to Star Trek and SDCC so keep an eye out for updates.