Star Trek Discovery beams new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con

More details about the new CBS series Star Trek: Discovery surfaced during their panel and press conference on Saturday during San Diego Comic-Con. The audience was treated to a new trailer, which was released after the panel that very day.

In the trailer, we hear an introduction from First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green): “All life is born from chaos. The world doesn’t always adhere to logic. Sometimes down is up and sometimes when you are lost, you’re found.” We then see U.S.S. Shenzhou Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Burnham on a desert planet with unknown alien creatures; U.S.S. Eurkea being destroyed; people on a ship running from destruction; Burnham in a space suit; Klingons beating up on each other; Burnham as a prisoner in a cell; and, then we see the U.S.S. Shenzhou 1287 fly away from the planet after leaving a Delta mark on it. The Klingon Empire wants war and battle against the U.S.S. Shenzhou. The remaining crew escape and go abroad the U.S.S. Discovery under Captain Lorca as they work to stop the war between Klingons and the Federation.

During the Star Trek: Discovery press conference, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, James Frain, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman, Rainn Wilson, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Heather Kadin, and Akiva Goldsman were all in attendance during the press conference held after their official Comic-Con panel.

Isaacs, who was in a hurry to return back to Los Angeles, quickly answered some questions regarding his thoughts on the series.

“The original stories in the 60s were told at a time of enormous turmoil with the civil rights movement. and we all wanted a vision of the future. Gene Roddenberry created a future where people have found a solution to the divisions between people at a time when the outside world seems to be getting more divisive and more backwards,” Isaacs told the room of reporters. “So for me the gadgets are fun and the sets are great and I am sure we are going to have all the whizbang stuff you can ever wish for, but what counts is what we’re putting out there, and what we’re showing the next generations of what we could become as a planet instead of what we might become.”

The question of diversity came up several times, which the cast and creatives were very proud of their cast, but Goldsman wanted to be clear it was inclusion.

Goldsman said, “What we are committed to is a real fractal version of the universe that diversity has become too easy of a word We are committed to the complexity and the differences in cultures and differences in biology and in preference and inclusions, these are the principles that Star Trek was founded on. So we chase those. We chase the idea that our arms are as wide as arms can be and that the show’s mission is to be inclusive. So we are very, very purposeful about that and you will see as we move forward that that’s by no means an accident.”

Martin-Green became emotional when it came to the impact her character would play in the series. She acknowledged she would be standing on Nichelle Nichols’ shoulders as a woman of color leading the franchise, but she’s ready for it. She tells the crowd, “I think all of us stand on the shoulders of the innovation that has been in the Star Trek canon up to now. All the progression, and now this is really a story of universality, this is a story of coming together and understanding that we are all one with all life. I don’t know if I could put it into words. I feel like if I try I could cry and it would get really messy up here. It’s such an honor and privilege to be a part of a story that I truly believe that is going to bring people together.”

As for the two actors who would be taking over already established characters – Frain as Sarek, previously portrayed by Mark Lenard (Star Trek), Jonathan Simpson (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), and Ben Cross (2009’s Star Trek), and Wilson as Harry Mudd, previously played by Roger C. Carmel in the original series.

“It is an honor. It is a responsibility. It is a challenge,” said Frain on his role as Sarek. “The writers create the character so we deliver a version of what they do. I think what the writers are doing with this character and really with all storylines is so interesting and so complex and revealing that it is just a joy to work on. So I don’t feel troubled too much by that.”

Wilson cleared it up with the reporters that this version of Mudd will be completely different from what fans have seen before.

“This Harry Mudd is kind of a reimagining, a reinvention in the same way so many things have been reimagined and reinvented,” Wilson said. “He’s a bit more dastardly than the original. But that character made such an impression on me and it is a dream come true to try to bring him to life with as much drama and comedy as possible.”

Of course, with every new series, many fans wonder where Discovery’s storyline will take them.

“First and foremost, the defining factor of Roddenberry’s vision is the optimistic view of the future. He envisioned a world where all species, all races came together to not only make our world better but to make every world better. I think that is something that can never be lost in Trek. Once you lose that, you lose the essence of what Star Trek is.” said Kurtzman. “That being said, we live in very different times. Every day we look at the news and it is hard. It is hard to see what we see. I think now more than ever Trek is needed as a reminder of what we can be and the best of who we can be. Star Trek has always been a mirror to the time it reflected and right now the idea that – the question is how do you preserve and protect what Starfleet is in the weight of challenges like war and the things that have to be done in war is a very interesting and dramatic problem. And it feels like a very topical one given the world where we live now.”

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS All-Access.

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