The November issue of the UK magazine SFX has an extended feature article from their visit to the Star Trek: Discovery set. It includes a lot of good insights into the show along with interviews with cast and crew. Some of the big highlights were more details on the ships of Discovery and their leaders.
Klingon puritans and their ship of death
From previous reports it has been explained that Discovery features a Klingon empire “in turmoil” with 24 different houses, each with a different look and different ideology. While conducting a tour of the Klingon Sarcophagus Ship set, co-executive producer Ted Sullivan divulged more details about the House of T’Kuvma – described as the “25th Klingon house that we hadn’t previously heard of,” saying:
“It’s a 200-year-old ship. This is a group of Klingons who’ve gone back to a puritan way of life. They look very different: they wear armour that’s 200 years old and they don’t have any hair. Their commander runs his Klingon house – the house of T’Kuvma – by the rules of Kahless, the Klingon messiah. And he calls himself the second coming of the Klingon messiah.”
Sullivan also went on to provide some insight into scenes that have been shown in trailers and promos for the show:
“The outside of the ship is covered in thousands of coffins. Some are 300 years old, some are just two days old. Downstairs is the death room, where they prepare their dead; then the coffins get raised up and put on the outside.”
Shenzhou and Discovery reflect Burnham’s character journey
As for the two main Starfleet ships, showrunner Aaron Harberts described them noting they are also metaphors for the main character Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green):
“[The USS Discovery is] a repurposed science vessel, whose crew’s been turned towards using their abilities to turn the tide of the war with the Klingons, which is reaching fever pitch. But it also serves as a metaphor for Michael Burnham and her journey, with the Shenzhou being an older ship and the Discovery represent.”
The SFX article also gave some fun details on the different Starfleet ships:
Wandering the corridors of the Discovery, you feel you could easily get lost in them. In the vast transporter room, we twist dials and flick satisfyingly low-fi switches on a control panel, and peek into chambers on either side lined with spacesuits. We check out Lorca’s weaponry collection – guns, samurai swords, and a Klingon bat’leth (presumably a memento of battle) – and squint at Georgiou’s framed certificate from the Raal Institute For Interspecies Studies. A mess area nods to the past with a print of the USS T’Plana-Hath – a namesake of the Vulcan craft that made first contact with humanity. And in a corner of the engine room, we discover a display of weird, colourful fungi belonging to Anthony Rapp’s science officer, Lieutenant Stamets.
SFX issue with Discovery story issue on sale now
There’s more from the Star Trek: Discovery set visit report in the November SFX issue including interviews with Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green. You can pick up the new issue of SFX in the UK now and it should be on US newstands soon. You can order a print issue online at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk. You can also order a digital copy on iTunes, Google Play, or Zinio.
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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