Sunday brought us the first season finale of Star Trek: Discovery and we here at TrekMovie are still talking about it. Our review last night discussed many of the references included in the episode and today we take a closer look and literally zoom in to spot some of the fun easter eggs we think the creative team left to find.
In orbit around Earth you can see Earth Spacedock, which fist appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. For Discovery it appears to be under construction.
In Enterprise and The Next Generation it was established that there were multiple cities on the Earth’s moon, Luna, even before the 23rd century. These included Tycho City and New Berlin. The lights of these cities could be seen illuminating the Moon in the finale.
When we see the Klingon homeworld Qo’noS we can also see a moon, which would be Praxis, the inhabited moon which exploded in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Klingon Redundant Organs
It has been previously established that Klingon anatomy could be described as “overdesigned” or as Dr. Beverly Crusher put it on The Next Generation: “almost every vital function in their bodies has a built-in redundancy.” Klingons are said to have twenty-three ribs, two livers, an eight-chambered heart…and apparently two urinary tracts. This was evidenced by the two streams created by a Klingon urinating in the Orion Compound.
One of the street foods on offer in the Orion Compound were two creatures being fried up that appear to be Ceti Eels. These are Khan’s “pets” from Ceti Alpha V in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan which used to control the minds of Chekov and Captain Terrell.
Also spotted in the Orion Compound was what appeared to be a Trill woman getting a tattoo. Trill are a symbiotic species in the Federation, known for their spots. They were introduced in The Next Generation and mostly explored through the Deep Space Nine character Jadzia Dax.
Another thing to look for in the Orion Compound was a tent emblazoned with familiar looking symbols that appear to be the crest of the Romulan Star Empire. Maybe the Orions let them sponsor a Romulan Ale tent?
Clint Howard’s Tranya
A fun cameo for the Discovery season one finale was Clint Howard, making his fourth appearance in the franchise. His first was as a child in the original Star Trek episode “The Corbomite Maneuver.” In that episode his Balok famously enjoyed to drink tranya, which was served in a punch bowl. And in Discovery, Howard’s Orion also was seen with a punch bowl, and we are guessing it was full of tranya.
The medal ceremony in the finale took place at a Federation building in Paris. While San Francisco has often been used in Star Trek as it has long been established to be the home of Starfleet Headquarters, Paris is also an important city in Star Trek’s future. Paris is where the Office of the President of the Federation is located, first established in Star Trek VI, and presumably other important parts of the government of the United Federation of Planets.
Some of the Starfleet officers, including Admiral Cornwell, were seen with triangular decorations on their uniforms. Triangular medals have been seen before with dress uniforms from in the original Star Trek series.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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