Wilson Cruz cast as the doctor in Discovery

For months we’ve been wondering if there would be a medical officer aboard the U.S.S. Discovery when Star Trek: Discovery premieres in September. Well, now we know. On Saturday, during San Diego Comic-Con, Wilson Cruz was announced as playing Dr. Hugh Culber on the series.

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The 43-year-old Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican actor rounds out the most diverse cast in Star Trek history.

Best known for his role as Enrique ‘Rickie’ Vasquez on My So Called Life, his television and film resume also includes NCIS, Pushing Daisies, Shameless.

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Burnham is Spock’s adopted sister

The cast and creatives of Star Trek: Disocvery made a major announcement at today’s Comic-Con International: San Diego panel.

At the panel, it was revealed that series lead Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) is the half-sister of Mr. Spock from Star Trek: The Original series.

Burnham is the entirely human daughter of Amanda Grayson, Spock’s human mother. She was raised on Vulcan by Grayson and Spock’s father, Sarek, who acted as a surrogate father to Burnham after her birth-father died.

Fans may wonder why Spock never mentioned a sister before, and executive producer Alex Kurtzman is aware of this and says there’s a reason for it. “We’re aware. You’ll see where it’s going, but we are staying consistent with canon.”

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Discovery Phaser revealed in tweet

Jonathan Frakes has just tweeted this picture on his twitter page…

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This new phaser is a close match to the Star Trek TOS Type II Hand Phaser and looks a bit different from Star Trek TOS Cage Phaser.

Brass accents on the trigger, muzzle, and four heat sink fins on the back of the phaser highlight a black and silver matte body. Also seen are some of the same features and knobs as the original design, such as the circular control on the side and an intensity dial on the top. The grip is much more modernized than the old design, with an ergonomic pistol grip, and more complex styling that melds nicely into the top half of the phaser, rather than a simple black handle

And also this from Comic-Con which reveals the Starfleet rifle..

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Klingon ‘Torchbearer’ Revealed

Tonight is preview night at San Diego Comic-Con, and one of the most exciting things we have seen so far is at the 3D Systems Gentle Giant Studios booth. They are showing off a scaled-down version of a suit for a Klingon character named ‘The Torchbearer’ from Star Trek: Discovery. The character will appear in the pilot episode.

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The suit was designed by Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick. Page and Hetrick are both working on Discovery and regularly featured on Syfy’s Face Off.

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The suit was made using 3D Systems’ printing technology. According to a spokesperson, the 3D Systems/Gentle Giant suit could only be done using 3D printing due to “all the intricacies and the undercuts to the whole piece.” Also on display were some Klingon weapons, possibly used by the ‘Torchbearer.’