Finally, CBS Corp. has released the official name for its upcoming Star Trek series. And it’s continuing the tradition of naming the show after the primary ship or space station featured in the production.
“Star Trek: Discovery” is the name of the show, with adventures taking place on a smaller ship known as the USS Discovery.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller unveiled the name Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con in front of more than 6,000 fans. But beyond that, he revealed little else. That was a little surprising, considering the show is expected to go in front of the cameras beginning in September in Toronto, readying for a January premiere on the premium streaming service CBS All Access.
A news release provided by CBS provided little to no new information, but that seems to be part of the air of secrecy that surrounds the series. Fuller, for instance, told attendees at the panel while he could confirm that the new show would take place in the Prime Universe (where all the other Star Trek television series and most of the films are placed), he wouldn’t elaborate any further on the time period.
However, some fans have suggested this could be yet another series taking place before the original Star Trek because of its registry number of NCC-1031 suggests it would be a ship that came before the Enterprise, which is NCC-1701.
CBS also released a short trailer of the Discovery’s launch from an asteroid. The music seems to have hints of a Klingon theme, and the design is very similar to rejected designs from the never-made Star Trek film “Planet of the Titans” in the 1970s.
If anything, this new trailer suggests “Discovery” will take a much different path from past Star Trek television shows, and even the current slate of movies.
Discovery has a long history with naval and space vessels. One of the earliest vessels was launched in 1602 by the British East India Co., and was involved with the founding of Jamestown, Virginia. The RRS Discovery from Great Britain was launched in 1901 and helped verify that Antarctica was indeed a continent.
Discovery One was the ill-fated ship in the 1968 Arthur C. Clarke novel “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which also was created in a film that same year. The ship would re-appear in Clarke’s 1982 book “2010,” which was made into a film two years later.
Of course, one of the most famous uses of the Discovery name was for NASA’s space shuttle program. Discovery, which carried the designation of “OV-103” (which is similar to the NCC-1031 designation used in the new Star Trek series), was first launched in 1984. It completed 39 missions, conducting its final flight in March 2011.
The shuttle is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
“Star Trek: Discovery” will be available on CBS All Access in the United States, Bell Media in Canada, and on Netflix in many international locations around the world. It debuts in January.