Stay on target The Tick Debuts its Second Episode at SDCCMarvel Studios Debuts New Cast Members, a Thor Trailer and Infinity War “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”The opening lines of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (as well as The Original Series) series are telling. They establish that this show isn’t necessarily about the cast or the crew — it’s about the journey of one ship in the void. So, naturally, you want it to look like the slickest ship around, right?That’s one thing that it looks like the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery nails. For an upcoming San Diego Comic-Con exhibit, the showrunners have prepped two delightfully retro-future posters for Discovery. One, though, clearly shows the design of the new space-boat, the eponymous Discovery.The most notable features are a delta-shaped, swept-wing body and a saucer with two major pieces, separated by a gap and connected at several points. That’s a marked step back from the original design shown last year. The first didn’t have the gap in the saucer section, and the nacelles have been pulled back a bit in the new iteration. It’s a stark look — filled with lots of sharp lines and angles — but it’s one that also really fits the apparent modern throwback aesthetic the poster and the series, in general, are looking for.Discovery’s going to have some pretty hefty expectations hoisted onto it. While the runners are pulling heavily from the setting of the Original Series, it also eschews a lot of guidelines that have driven the show for years. In particular, creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to the show to be a source of hope. So, unlike many other television shows, he didn’t want any of its main cast to have conflicts they didn’t quickly resolve. He also didn’t want to show characters being straight-up evil. These were figures to look up to. They weren’t supposed to be stuck in the same petty human crap that we’re dealing with here.In this case, though, that might be a good thing. The Discovery looks pretty aggressive and utilitarian — reflecting the series’ earlier spot in the time line. Because it predates Kirk and pals, it also shows people just haven’t figured out their shit yet. And, over time, they do.“The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. “So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”Optimism has been Star Trek’s MO since the beginning, and it’ll be interesting to see if Discovery can manage to feel appropriately Star Trek enough or fizzle out as a failed gritty reboot one of the few utopic settings in the genre.With Discovery slated to premiere on CBS’ All Access on September 24, we won’t have to wait long to find out. And if you’re in San Diego between Thursday and Sunday, you can stop by the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery for an exhibit featuring props and art. You even have a chance to grab one of the posters sporting the newly designed ship. Badges aren’t required either, so even if you’re in town without a pass, you should be good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.