As part of a gallery exhibit at the Mission Chicago official convention this weekend we got our first good look at the new Starfleet gear the crew of the USS Enterprise will be using.
Reimagined classic Star Trek props on Strange New Worlds
Previously most of us assumed Strange New Worlds would be re-using the 23rd century props from Discovery, maybe with a new paint job or a few other tweaks. Over the course of the last few weeks however it has become clear that the production team decided to put their own spin on each of the three classic “landing party” props.
The new phaser is quite reminiscent of the TOS design, but with sleeker lines. It retains the light-up adjustment knob at the rear of the pistol body from the Discovery phaser. The emitter nozzle is now silver, and instead of the three different beam emitters (ala “The Cage”) seen in Discovery, we can see the move towards a single emitter. The grip has been streamlined from the very “tactical” look in Discovery, but still has more of a gripy look than the very smooth TOS version. Lastly, the trigger is closer to the Disco phaser than the smallish metal rod trigger found in the TOS version.
Here’s a look at the Discovery and The Original Series phasers for comparison:
Another very retro inspired prop, this new Tricorder looks quite similar to the TOS prop, but changes the way the screen is revealed (it no longer pops up by rotating the top portion), and now the extra functionality is part of the flip-out door, rather than hiding in the rarely seen in TOS lower compartment.
Here’s a look at The Original Series tricorder for comparison:
We already caught a few glimpses of the new communicator, as it was quietly slipped into Discovery season 4, and then featured in the first Strange New Worlds teaser trailer. It’s quite reminiscent of The Original Series prop.
Here’s a look at The Original Series communicator for comparison:
New props from Strange New Worlds
Ship Memorial Pins
New to the show are a selection of pins commemorating lost ships. The size and design is reminiscent of contemporary challenge coins. Among the ships in the display were the USS Discovery (remember in the 23rd century the Discovery is considered destroyed with all hands lost) and USS Shenzhou. These have been glimpsed in the promos that were released late last month.
An elaborate Vulcan “betrothal” pendant, and a “Vulcan scroll” were on display between costumes for Spock and T’Pring. Note that the “Vulcan scroll” does not feature Vulcan writing, it appears this alien artifact may have been mislabeled as being Vulcan.
Some of the photos in this article were provided by friend of the site Marina Kravchuk.
More to come from the exhibit
We’ll have an article with a focus on the costumes on display in Chicago soon.
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