Those who tuned in to CBS All Access to watch the premiere of Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery may have noticed something a little different this time around. According to Comicbook.com, the show’s producers decided to update Starfleet’s iconic insignia this year, and debuted the new look during the episode’s opening credits.
The new insignia badge is oval, as opposed to the delta shape that the first Discovery insignia had, though the delta symbol is still present, etched into the right side of the new one. The emblem also holds true to Star Trek legacy, with the officer’s rank shown on the left-hand side.
For example, there are four pips for captain in the center, three for a commander on the left, and one for an ensign on the right.
The new opening for Season 3 also follows last year’s example of offering hints as to what’s ahead. For example, one image shows the Starfleet insignias that are currently worn by the Discovery crew transforming into the updated 32nd-century insignia previously seen in promotional materials for the upcoming season.
The credits also include peeks at Starfleet-branded robots, a new starship, and what appears to be a new design of a phaser—all expected to be revealed in storylines ahead.
There’s been a lot of guarded secrets about the direction of this year’s show, now taking place in the 32nd-century. What is known, is that the United Federation of Planets still exists in a diminished state and we should learn early what the Federation’s state is.
In an earlier interview with Comicbook.com this year, Doug Jones (Commander Saru) gave some cryptic hints about what to expect.
“We jumped to the future at the end of season two. This is a big deal. We’ve boldly gone where no Star Trek series has gone before,” he told the site. “So we’re going to see what happens in the future. What condition is the Federation in? We’re going to find out when we land. What happens to me and my rank? I’m a Commander, but I’m also acting Captain of the ship because we lost all our captains now. I take the ship, and so, do I get to keep the Captain’s chair? Do I have to give it away to another Federation/Starfleet captain in the future? We’re going to find out all that when we get there.”
Star Trek: Discovery airs new episodes every Thursday.
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