You can’t have a Star Trek show without phasers. Following yesterday’s reveal of the new Star Trek: Discovery communicator, CBS today revealed the phaser for the show. The new look was unveiled on the official Star Trek: Discovery Twitter account with a tweet saying “Set phasers to stun. #StarTrekDiscovery premieres September 24 on #CBSAllAccess.”
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 18, 2017
These new reveals appear to be part of CBS’ plan to hype Discovery during Comic-Con week leading up to their big panel on Saturday.
A closer look
The new phasers are a close match to The Original Series “Type 2” design in form factor. Brass accents on the trigger, muzzle, and four heat sink fins on the back of the phaser highlight a black and silver matte body. Also seen are some of the same features and knobs as the original design, such as the circular control on the side and an intensity dial on the top. The grip is much more modernized than the old design, with an ergonomic pistol grip, and more complex styling that melds nicely into the top half of the phaser, rather than a simple black handle. Like The Original Series Type 2 phaser, the Discovery phaser also appears to have a secondary, detachable “Type 1″ phaser on the top. Hopefully, we will get to see these smaller units in action on away missions too.
We got our first glimpse at the phasers last month in their holsters worn by Michael Burnham and Captain Georgiou as the two stood ready to beam down.
If you look closely you can see their holstered phasers.
A Cage/TOS mashup
The new phasers generally stay true to The Original Series design that we are used to seeing in the hands of Kirk and Spock. The new design seems specifically drawn from the Type-2 phaser seen on the original Star Trek. There’s even what appears to be a detachable smaller phaser 1 on the top.
Eagle-eyed fans will notice one feature in particular that hearkens back to an era before The Original Series that we know and love. The three-nozzled muzzle design is a direct reference to the laser pistols seen in the original pilot, “The Cage.” Given that Discovery takes place approximately 10 years before the USS Enterprise sets off on its five-year mission under the command of captain Kirk, this seems like a nice blend that fits the time period in-universe.
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