'Star Trek: Discovery' Opening Credits are Full of Starships and Phaser Schematics

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 5:43PM
Star Trek
Star Trek Discovery
Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 5:43PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Opening Credits are Full of Starships and Phaser Schematics
CBS
The first Star Trek show in well over a decade is almost here (longer if you weren't a Star Trek: Enterprise fan), and to drum up excitement among the Trekkies and other interested folks, CBS released the opening theme slightly earlier.

In advance of Star Trek: Discovery's official premiere tonight at 8:30 EST, CBS released the minute long opening theme for the show on YouTube. It may not be what you're expecting, avoiding the high vocals of the original series and the bombastic trumpets of Next Generation, but the calmer orchestra still has a cool sound to it (and there's still a few trumpets). That said, it may take some getting used to.

You can check out the full opening below. For some reason, CBS frequently region-locks their videos, so if the video isn't playing, you can see it through this mirror link instead.



Even besides the music, it's significantly different from the standard Star Trek opening, which usually involves shots of space and the Enterprise/Voyager/space station as it flies/floats through said space. This, on the other hand, looks more like the Westworld opening - or any other TV opening from the studio Elastic (who made Game of Thrones, American Gods, Daredevil, etc.), who clearly inspired this one even if they were uninvolved.

The new opening leaves space in favor of a blueprint aesthetic, panning around moving models of objects, in this case Star Trek staples like phasers, communicators, starships, and a Vulcan greeting. Since most shows tend to be doing that nowadays, "modern" would be a descriptor with a positive connotation, "derivative" would be another one with a negative connotation, and you might see a mixture of both in discussions about the opening. 

But regardless, it looks really good, and since the show is a prequel series, the old fashioned schematics of futuristic Trek fare makes sense - and the iconic Star Trek melody is tacked on the end, which is nice. What we've seen of the show looks great so far, so as long as it surpasses that other Star Trek prequel series, it'll be a good start. And already, this opening is undoubtedly better than the Enterprise opening.

And if Discovery really will be as dark as the showrunners promise it'll be, with Game of Thrones-level deaths being promised, none of that is on display here. As calm as the opening is, it seems fairly upbeat and relaxed, which matches up with the optimistic, "they're explorers, not soldiers" dynamic the older shows had. We'll learn soon enough whether the rest of the show follows suit.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres tonight on CBS and its streaming service, CBS All Access.
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi TV Shows
Star Trek
Star Trek Discovery
No