New Image Of L’Rell From ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ + Pins Reveal Ship Class + More

We have a few new images and information related to Star Trek: Discovery to share with you today, starting with a new photo from CBS. This one features the Klingon character L’Rell, played by Mary Chieffo.

Mary Chieffo as L’Rell (CBS)

Discovery pins reveal USS Shenzhou class name

Also happening this morning, pin maker FanSets has unveiled their new line of Star Trek: Discovery pins on Instagram, with pins representing Captain Georgiou, Saru, T’Kuvma, and the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

You note the pin reveals the ship class for the U.S.S. Shenzhou as “Walker Class.” Some fans have speculated this may be a joking homage to Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham on Discovery) and her past on The Walking Dead, but ship designer John Eaves revealed this morning that the Walker class was named after X-15 pilot Jospeh A. Walker.


More EW Photos

Last week we reported on the Entertainment Weekly Star Trek: Discovery photoshoot and cover story. EW also released a few more images from their shoot, including Doug Jones as Saru and good looks at the transporter room and corridor of the U.S.S. Discovery, with the crew having a bit of fun too.

Doug Jones as Lt. Saru in Star Trek: Discovery (EW)

Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery (EW)

Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman in Star Trek: Discovery (EW)

Shatner engages the Klingons

William Shatner sent out a tweet asking his followers who was headed to Star Trek Las Vegas this week, and one of the fans who replied was Kenneth Mitchell who plays the Klingon Kol on Star Trek: Discovery. Shatner being Shatner couldn’t help but to have fun with the new Klingon. Here is the exchange.

Get ready for Discovery at Star Trek Las Vegas

As we noted in our 11 Star Trek Las Vegas Highlights article, Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to Star Trek: Discovery with four panels for the show.

Wednesday schedule for Star Trek: Discovery at Star Trek Las Vegas

2:30 pm Introducing Star Trek: Discovery Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), and Sam Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor)
3:30 pm Inside the Star Trek: Discovery’s Writers Room Kirsten Beyer and Ted Sullivan
4:30 pm Designing the Creatures of Star Trek: Discovery Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page
5:30 pm Star Trek: Discovery Comics & Novels Revealed Kirsten Beyer, Sarah Gaydos, Mike Johnson, David Mack and Ed Schlesinger


TrekMovie’s team is already assembling in Las Vegas and we will have full coverage of all the Star Trek: Discovery panels and more. Just like with San Diego Comic-Con, we will be doing live tweeting coverage of the Discovery panels. You will be able to follow that coverage here with an article with an embedded live feed of our Twitter stream starting at 2PM (Pacific Time). And just like with SDCC, we will follow up the live stream with full coverage with reports on each of the panels, and much more from STLV.

Star Trek Discovery logo is first thing to greet you at STLV which starts tomorrow

So keep it tuned to TrekMovie for all your Discovery and Star Trek Las Vegas needs.

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Did anyone notice that Gabriel Lorca (Jason Issac) does not have the gold striped on the shoulders? What would that indicate?

At least, if it is there, it is subdued.

It’s there, it can be subtle depending on the angle. You can see Yoeh’s stripes because she’s shorter and closer to the camera in that “strutting down the corridor” image.

Just read a little about astronaut Joe Walker. Certainly an unsung hero in U.S. aeronautics history. I’d never heard of him before, but I think it’s great that John Eaves has named a starship class for him.

The circular logo looks like the same pattern as the transporter from the Shenzhou?

I have to say, that’s the first picture of the new Klingon makeup that I have not liked. It looks like makeup, not an alien.

The Klingons are growing on me. And they really arent that much of a departure than any other re-designed Klingons over the years. Will be interesting to see if we get various “versions” on Discovery.

I also like the Shenzhou. Great looking ship that fits the evolution from Enterprise.

I agree — they look more and more like a Klingon off-shoot race might look. Or maybe I’m just getting used to them. ;-)

They look quite a lot like the Klingon designs Neville Page did for Into Darkness, which isn’t that surprising considering Page’s involvement with Discovery.
I do think they would look better with hair though.

Agreed, they don’t look that much different. Still not crazy about the costumes, I’m hoping these are some kind of ceremonial getup.

Lol, Kol looks as if Quark and B’elana had a child with crippled ears using too much sun tan creme. Sorry guys, trying to take it humorous.

I mean L’Rell, of course.

Interesting observation you actually make – I mean, how does this extremely alien look for the Klingons bode for future human/Klingon couplings already witnessed in previous TREK shows? Perhaps there really ARE an array of different Klingon types, or maybe we will just need to accept that these new Klingons are ALL Klingons.

If that’s what female Klingons are going to look like now, wouldn’t have to worry much about any human/Klingon coupling as far as I’m concerned…

I dunno, I wouldn’t put it past some humans.

Oh, Agreed. Just said as far as I was concerned.

One change that I think is positive is the move away from the Berman-era that women aliens no longer have to conform to Hollywood standards of beauty. They can have functional, dignified, and alien looking costuming and makeup. In the interviews with Berman, Braga, and Westmore, they always stressed the need to make women characters “sexy,” a standard men were not held to.

True. Vy was struggling so they bring in a sexy character rather then make the show better. Worse, to make room for the sexy character they get rid of a less sexy woman who was very attractive in her own right.

The boys club.

The same thinking that got us a slack jawed drooling Captain Kirk ogling a half naked subordinate in the midst of a serious situation in STID.

Liking the Shenzhou. Gives me a kind of WOK Reliant vibe. Accompanied by proper music and camera angles, could be cool.

If it were not for the painted uniform spikes, I couldn’t tell that this is meant to be a woman.

I think it’s a positive change to move away from the Berman-era idea that women aliens have to conform to Hollywood standards of beauty. They can have functional, dignified, and alien looking costuming and makeup. In the interviews with Berman, Braga, and Westmore, they always stressed the need to make women characters “sexy,” a standard men were not held to.

Looks a bit more like a Prime Klingon…

She looks rather Klingon from that angle. But why doesn’t she have a beard? – Oh, wait…
What I’m actually curious about is how Mary Chieffo’s name is pronounced, i.e. whether it’s pronounced the Italian way [kjεffɔ] or the Spanish way [tʃjefo]⁠.

I’m very much looking forward to this. Everyone can gripe about how they are going to boycott and whatnot, but you know you’ll eventually watch it. However, it does make me wonder about future plans, as they have already mentioned the new series being an “anthology” series. So while ST:D is going to be one continuous story this season for 13 episodes, the next season is expected to be completely different in terms of story, crew, time period, etc. I’m wondering if they will tell a strong enough story with just this one season that has a definitive ending.

No, that was an early idea, but Discovery is an ongoing series.

Oh I didn’t know they confirmed it being ongoing now. Bummer. Kinda liked the idea of something like American Horror Story, with a new plot each season.

It was designed as the first year in an anthology series, but the rest was cancelled & this will be ongoing so its safe to say they have no idea what to do with the series after this first season Arc- lord knows what they will do after that.

The Klingons get worse and worse. Now, poorly applied, blotchy, purple, make up, no doubt to match their pepto-bismol blood. Sorry, but high definition is not very forgiving.

Bear in mind that video usually looks quite different to still photography, and that seems like a somewhat “candid” shot rather than something purposefully framed & lit for that picture being taken; I’m sure the make-up will look better in properly lit / colour-timed footage.

To be fair, Peptoblood™ was only used in Star Trek VI to avoid getting an R rating. All Klingons since then have had more “normal” reddish-colored blood. But hey, who knows, maybe these Klingons are a different offshoot species whose blood is mauve. We’ll soon see!

Terracotta Klingons. Hmmm.

Anyone else wonder what is going on with Doug Jones’s platform shoes. Is he tip-toeing around in those things?

His race has hooves.

I think the question was more of a technical nature, i.e. as to how they achieved the effect – which is a very valid question if you ask me.
My best guess would be that they’re either balanced in a way that would actually allow Jones to walk on his toes – “cantilever shoes” if you will – or they actually have heels which are removed in post.

Gonna bomb.

The uniforms are growing on me… but good lord have they ruined Klingons. Look like Ghostbusters hellhounds with Battlestar Galactica uniforms.

“Ghostbusters hellhounds” – bloody ‘ell. What has been seen can’t be unseen. The blotchy skin also sorta made me think of the Mangalore from “The Fifth Element”.

C’mon guys, I know Bill’s a huge presence, but please find a way to involve him in DSC. Maybe Kirk’s grandfather? He’s so supportive of the franchise lately. He does it in typical Shatner fashion, but you can’t deny he’s helping. Sorry, big fan of the Shat here.


A TV series allowed for deeper story-telling. So “resolve” the stupid death of James Kirk. A little trip to the nexus, pull him out. Voila. Bonus points for including a scene of Shatner as “future Kirk” on the bridge of the original Enterprise sitting in the big chair.

He wouldn’t fit in that chair.

If CBS is reading this, take note…my family & I will NOT pay a monthly fee just to watch one show. Yes, we’re aware of the catalog available…we also already have access to a wide range of shows & movies with other subscription streaming services and don’t want another. Make a deal with one of the top streaming services out there & we’ll tune in. Otherwise, good luck with it.

@Numenosium — well for starters CBS ALL ACCESS is more than just one show, I’m actually looking forward to seeing whether I want to keep my subscription after DISC ends, but assume you have checked it out and decided there’s nothing else there for you? And you’re cutting off your nose despite your face, if you think adding to existing monopolies is going to give you more choice for less money. What you’re describing is the broken cable TV model via the internet. I applaud CBS for opening the door to providing a la cart entertainment so that I get exactly what I want for my money. So, good luck to you. I’ll be watching any paying … in fact CBS has already paid for the entire production, so they don’t really need luck.

The same old “if you put it on something I already pay for, then its free” argument.

People can choose to watch or not watch. But this arrigant presumptuion by some that CBS will cower to someone saying “you better change your entire business model or I wont watch” is laughable.

If I didnt already have SPACE, I’d subscribe to it to watch this series. I alredy have it even though I barely watch it. So be it.

I pay $12/month for WWE to walk one program a month. What is value to one isnt always value to another.

But this whining about CBSAA is ridiculous.

Here is my opinion on the Klingons design changes: the Klingons, being “space vikings”, raped and pillage their way across the galaxy. The result? Different-looking Klingons (though the so-called “Augment Virus” is the exception). Done.