Watch: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Main Title Sequence Unveiled

Today is the day: Star Trek: Discovery premieres tonight on CBS and CBS All Access. To get you psyched up, CBS has just released a clip of Discovery‘s main title sequence.  We have that including a full breakdown. Plus, watch the USS Discovery soar boldly over New York City, thanks to some LEDs and a Black Hawk helicopter.

Discovery’s main title sequence

CBS just released this “clean” version of the main title sequence, sans credits.

Note: This version is region locked to the US. Click here for international Netflix version.

Analysis and breakdown of shots

Star Trek: Discovery‘s main title sequence is a nice homage to past iterations of the franchise with a new modern feel. One immediately notices some visual similarities to the Star Trek: Enterprise sequence. But, overall, both visually and aurally, Discovery‘s theme and title sequence take cues from plenty of modern shows. Those that immediately come to mind: Westworld and Fringe (notably, Alex Kurtzman was also a co-creator on that Bad Robot production).

(Dilitium??) crystals floating around the Discovery as it is built from an engineer’s drawing into reality.

The back of the USS Discovery comes to life.

The Discovery taking shape.

The Discovery flies over Victoria Crater on Mars. Fun fact, NASA’s Opportunity rover made this crater famous when it drove there in 2006.

Human form above a planet.

Close-up of a (presumably) human eye.

The exo-suit we’ve seen worn by Michael Burnham comes together.

A phaser is assembled.

A communicator.

The Vulcan hand salute coalesces from black “smoke”.

A Klingon blade begins to form.

The tip of a Klingon blade.

The Discovery spirals upwards in between two Klingon blades.

The Discovery continues to spiral upwards.

The Discovery emerges…

…from a giant plant-like creature.

A grappling hook.

Gloved hands come together to recreate…

hands reminiscent of the iconic “The Creation of Adam” biblical fresco by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.

Hands dissolve away to reveal…

…the Discovery logo.

The Discovery zooms away.

The Discovery soars over New York City

New York City residents were treated to a night sky show as the USS Discovery soared over the city last night, as part of an ad campaign for today’s premiere. The illusion was created using LED lights attached to a truss, carried by a Black Hawk helicopter. The USS Discovery flew from City Vineyard at Pier 46 out to the George Washington Bridge.


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.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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