The new USS Enterprise on Discovery is in theory, the old USS Enterprise from the old Seventies technical manuals Moore remembers. And though its new design doesn’t alter the old ship as much as perhaps the J.J. Abrams films did, it still has some new flourishes. The designs sits somewhere between the classic feature film version of the Enterprise, the Sixties ship, and the blue-ish aesthetic of Discovery has established. But Harberts isn’t too worried if fans do or don’t like the new Enterprise.
“One thing I have learned is that I haven’t seen Star Trek fans be able to agree on anything. Some Star Trek fans are going to love the new design and some are going to hate it,” Harberts said. “But what people need to realize is that we’ve got visual artists, production designers, and our visual effects people, that are fans on staff. I just hope peoples’ ire or emotions don’t get in the way of enjoying the show. You have to embrace where you’re at now.”
No matter how radically different the new Enterprise, or anything else on Discovery might seem, Harberts and Berg have history on their side. “There are crazy turns in Star Trek design history,” Trek historian Larry Nemecek told Inverse in September 2017. “Some people say the original series is just the children’s version of that era.”