The communicator has always been an iconic piece of equipment from Star Trek. Like many aspects of the show, Star Trek: Discovery will have its own spin on props and this afternoon, CBS tweeted a new teaser video clip showing off the new communicators that will be featured on the show, with the text “Two to transport. #StarTrekDiscovery premieres September 24 on #CBSAllAccess.”
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 17, 2017
A closer look
The new communicators match the sleek modern look that we’ve seen so far for Discovery, but it is clearly a riff on The Original Series communicator. Overall, the construction seems a bit more sophisticated, with clean lines in brass accents and a glass display screen. The circular display (which was a rotating moire pattern on the TOS communicator) includes a detailed light-up readout with the Starfleet logo. It also features three control buttons or knobs along the bottom.
While today’s video gives us our first good look at the inside, we actually saw these communicators before in the first look trailer released in May.
A new take on an old design
The new Discovery communicator picks up on many elements from the the communicator seen in Star Trek: The Original Series. Beyond the overall form, many details are similar, such as the three circular buttons along the bottom, reminiscent of lights and controls from the TOS version.
The mesh cover itself is brass in color, similar to The Original Series design, but actually looks more like the Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan variant in form.
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