Engineering Image, Connor Speaks, Klingon Proverbs, Hamill Hopes, And More ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Bits

This week there has been a lot of news, clips and promos for Star Trek: Discovery, but believe it or not, there’s more, including a possible first look, a singing ship corridor tour, insights into one of the characters, Klingon demo and proverbs, hopes for a Star Wars connection and more.

Shenzhou engineering revealed

Yesterday we reported on many of the fun elements of Star Trek Day, and here’s a bonus: Discovery co-executive producer Ted Sullivan was given special Star Trek Day permission to share a behind the scenes shot from the show which appears to show an Engineering console from the U.S.S. Shenzhou. This could be from the engine room or possibly one of the rear bridge consoles.

New image revealed today by Ted Sullivan (Twitter/karterhol)

By the way, this image really shows how dominant blue is for the interface design, but as noted from our Fan Expo report last week, the plan is to have these displays add more color as the show goes on to closer match the more colorful look of the original Star Trek.

Ted also shared two more images in honor of #StarTrekDay, one close-up on the floor of the Klingon Sarcophagus Ship and one of actor Jimmy Chimarios, who plays a blue-skinned bridge officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou (named “Polygon” on IMDB) .

And just today Ted posted this image of actress Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) on the Klingon ship set.

Dreaming of a Skywalker on Discovery

Speaking of Ted’s social media, this morning he shared an image showing that Mark Hamill liked a comment he made on Twitter about how he would “DIE” if actor Mark Hamill made an appearance on Star Trek: Discovery. Ted is a big Star Wars fan and apparently swooned when he spotted Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) on his way to his guest spot on the CW series The Flash back when Ted was working on Supergirl.

Getting to know Ensign Connor

Star Trek: Discovery actor Sam Vartholomeos did an interview with the official Star Trek website where he gave us a little bit more about his character, the young, straightlaced Ensign Connor.

Well, Ensign Danby Connor is the U.S.S. Shenzhou’s ops officer right up front, and he is Star Trek and Starfleet through and through. That is one thing I can say and one thing I really like about him. Nothing really conflicts with him. He is all about the Prime Directive, and there’s a Captain and there’s a Lieutenant Commander — and everyone follows a code. When that code, and when the Prime Directive, all get crossed, his wires get crossed. He kind of uses Captain Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh, as his North Star, and he really wants to learn from her. That is one thing I really wanted to make clear about Connor, is that he wants to learn and move up.

Michelle Yeoh as Capt. Georgiou on the U.S.S. Shenzhou

Sam Vartholomeos on the bridge of the U.S.S. Shenzhou

Discovery lights up Times Square

Speaking of Sam, he shared this this animated gif showing the video billboards for Discovery lighting up Times Square in New York City.

Mitchell shows off his Klingon, gets trolled by Shatner

Canada’s Space Channel show Innerspace hosted the Star Trek: Discovery panel at Fan Expo last weekend and had a chance to speak to some of the actors afterward. You can now watch the full episode online. No news was broken but you can hear about their favorite moments on the set and see actor Ken Mitchell (Kol) show off by speaking some Klingon.

Just speaking Klingon makes Ken look menacing

Even though in our new interview with William Shatner where he claimed to know nothing about Star Trek: Discovery, he does seem to like to mix it up with some of the Discovery actors, including Ken Mitchell. Here is a fun exchange from earlier in the week.

Netflix shares Klingon proverbs

Speaking of Klingons, Netflix, who will air Star Trek: Discovery outside of the U.S.A. and Canada, have been dropping some animated Klingon proverbs on social media. Are these hints about the show or are they just fans of Klingon poetry?


Old #Klingon proverb: Only a fool fights in a burning house.

A post shared by Star Trek: Discovery (@startreknetflix) on


Revenge is a dish best served cold.

A post shared by Star Trek: Discovery (@startreknetflix) on


#Klingon proverb: four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.

A post shared by Star Trek: Discovery (@startreknetflix) on

Rainn Wilson caterwauls for charity

Entertainment Weekly shared this video of actor Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd) belting out the original Star Trek theme from set of U.S.S. Discovery, with a little cameo by (Broadway vet) Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets). The video was released as part of Wilson’s Lide Hati charity contest for tickets to the Discovery Hollywood premiere.

Shatner and Isaacs discuss his butt

And we will wrap things up with some talk about buttocks, specifically Willam Shatner’s. As we reported earlier this week, at Fan Expo actor Jason Isaacs (Capt. Lorca) talked about how he was reluctant to sit in the captain’s chair because of the “holy buttocks” of captains that came before him including William Shatner. Bill decided to use this remark to poke some fun at Isaacs on Twitter, creating this exchange.


Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

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