‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Beams Down First Look At Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca

Now that Star Trek: Discovery has finally announced a concrete premiere date, it seems the promotional floodgates are wide open. And while we’ve known the show’s cast lineup for some time, we’re finally getting good looks at many of them in costume. The first trailer revealed lead Sonequa Martin-Green as Lt. Commander Michael Burnham and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. One person we hadn’t seen yet is Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca, the actual captain of the titular vessel, the U.S.S. Discovery. Until now, that is.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first shot of Isaacs in uniform aboard the bridge of the Discovery. Of course, we’d already seen the Discovery uniforms in the trailer — a sort of hybrid of the style used in the Enterprise prequel series and the sleek twist on the Original Series look from the J.J. Abrams reboot films. But this is also a double reveal of sorts, because the shot above may give us our first actual look aboard the Discovery itself. We’ve seen the exterior, but most of the footage from the trailer appeared to be aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou, the Starfleet vessel commanded by Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou. There aren’t many details to take in, but one thing the Discovery does seem to lack is the work stations that curved around the back of the bridge in the various incarnations of the Enterprise. Of course, Discovery is set ten years before the Original Series featuring Kirk and Spock, so it makes sense that there would be some differences.

The new issue of EW is expected to dish further Discovery details, but for the time being their web post accompanying the picture describes Isaacs’ Lorca as “a steely Federation Starship Captain who’s considered a brilliant military tactician.” Based on what we’ve seen in the trailer, it looks like we’ll first meet Burnham while she’s serving under Captain Georgiou aboard the Shenzhou. Presumably, events will swiftly conspire to land Burnham a posting aboard the Discovery — whether that comes in the form of a transfer, or if it comes in the aftermath of something bad happening to the Shenzhou…well, that remains to be seen. But we’re betting bad things are in store for the Shenzhou.

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on the CBS network on Sunday, September 24. The rest of the show will then air exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service. For all the latest on Star Trek: Discovery, check out our Streaming Observer hub page right here.