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'Star Trek: Discovery' Brings Back Retro Federation Seal in New Photos 

The voyages of the starship USS Discovery are about to boldly take a break. On Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery will air the final episode of its first season, and the stakes have never been higher for the Federation. New photos previewing the finale show Michael Burnham contemplating the United Federation of Planets, which teases an old-school Star Trek design.

No spoilers for the Discovery season finale ahead. Just official photos.

On Thursday, CBS released new promotional photos ahead of the season one Discovery finale, “Will You Take My Hand.” In them, Sarek makes a few appearances, as does Mirror Georgiou, rocking evil all black leather. But the image of Burnham contemplating the seal of the Federation is probably the most striking. Where is she? What is she thinking about? And, is that the same version of the Federation seal from old-school Trek? The answer is yes.

The United Federation of Planets is a futuristic combo of the United Nations and aspects of an idealized democratic republic. But, the general design for the seal, obviously comes from the United Nations. Here’s how the UN seal looks compared to the UFP seal, as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

LEFT: UN seal IRL. RIGHT: UFP seal in Star Trek.

But, in the older Star Trek movies, before The Next Generation, the seal actually looked a little different, a design which Discovery appears to honor in this new scene with Burnham. Take a look at the seal in Discovery, next to the seal Kirk walks by in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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LEFT: The Federation seal in the 'Discovery' finale. RIGHT: The Federation seal in 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' (1979)

The Federation was created in Trek’s fictional history in the year 2161, which is right after the events of the prequel series Enterprise. However, before that, there was a kind of faux-Federation called the Coalition of Planets, which Captain Archer helped to create. The originally united planets during the time of the original series, and now, Discovery, include Earth, the planet Vulcan, Andor, Tellar Prime and handful of others. Though, by the 24th century of The Next Generation and beyond, there are a ton more. The different stars on the seal are thought to each represent a system that is part of the Federation, which is why there are more stars in the TNG era than in Discovery or the original series films.

LEFT: Spock's casket with a Federation flag in 'The Wrath of Khan' (1982) RIGHT: Starfleet officers with a Federation flag in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'(2013)

So, what is Burnham thinking about in the finale of Discovery? The future of the Federation? And where is she exactly? All will be revealed soon. For now, here are a few more photos to get you pumped for the big final episode.

Sarek on the bridge of the 'Discovery'...again.
The Emperor (Michelle Yeoh) didn't stay in her Starfleet uniform for long.
Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her adoptive father Sarek (James Frain)

Star Trek: Discovery airs its Season 1 finale, “Will You Take My Hand?” on Sunday, February 11 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS All Access. Come back to Inverse on Sunday night after the episode for our full coverage, including an interview with Admiral Cornwell herself, Jayne Brook.

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'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Needs to Answer This Mystery About Ben

Netflix introduced your next superhero obsession with one of its latest original series, The Umbrella Academy, but there’s a major mystery surrounding one of its main characters. What happened to Ben/The Horror? Not even the original comics hold the answer, but Umbrella Academy Season 2 might.

Spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1 below.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, Plot, and More

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Why Dany’s Pregnancy Would Be a Curse in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

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Netflix March 2019: Here's What's New and What's Leaving

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After an exciting February filled with dragons, superheroes, and Groundhog Day nightmares, Netflix will keep the momentum going in March 2019 with new shows, movies, and the return of a few popular original series. Of course, there’s also some old favorites leaving the streaming service that you may want to watch before the end of the month.

Where to Find the Secret Battle Star in 'Fortnite' Season 7, Week 9

You'll have to look in Santa's sleigh.

There’s a new secret Snowfall loading screen for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 7 Week 7, and it sends players hunting for a secret battle star in Santa’s sleigh — sort of.

Week 9 began Thursday morning, and for anyone looking to hunt down the secrets from this week’s Snowfall loading screen, we’ve got all the information right here, including a video guide from YouTuber garandhero. (Be sure to check out his YouTube page for even more Fortnite videos).