CBS finally dropped a full length trailer for Star Trek: Discovery last week revealing a lot of the aesthetics of the new series. While many were ranting about the Klingons, I was more interested in Star Fleet’s fashion choices. I can’t speak to Discovery’s plot or characters, but I certainly have an opinion on its look and it is… bland. The most underwhelming thing about it are the Star Fleet uniforms, which are all one color now: blue. Science fiction has had a thing for blue, tight collared uniforms for nearly thirty years now. Rather than embracing the diverse palette Star Trek has mostly been associated with, like the JJ Abrams films did, Discovery seems to be jumping on an overcrowded bandwagon. I can’t say I’m thrilled.
Discovery also has to contend with sets and ships that look wildly out of place with the era they’re supposed to be in. Ten years before “Kirk and Spock” is “Pike and Spock”. Fifty years later, the original Enterprise bridge stands out as a design classic – simple and functional, yet colorful and energetic. The Discovery bridge looks like every other grey, dark, over-designed, blue-lit ship set we’ve see many times before. People like to crap on the JJ films, but they really stood out, visually, from everything around them. So far, Discovery looks incredibly generic.
And please don’t say, “But Axanar!” Just no.