How “Star Trek: Discovery” Fixed One Of Their Biggest Mistakes Before Anyone Noticed

“Star Trek: Discovery” is the latest episodic Trek series, exclusive to the CBS All Access streaming service. It can be divisive among hardcore fans, especially when it comes to the visuals of the show. Personally, I’m a fan of the look, and I dig the uniforms they wear. But there was one massive error that no one noticed until it was too late to fix… and somehow, they still managed to fix it.

Costume designer Gersha Phillips spoke with about many things related to the wardrobe of the newest iteration of Star Trek. The discussion soon turned up to the season 2 outfits, which included the crew of Captain Pike’s Enterprise with their costumes that differ from the Discovery crew.

While the costumes do look very cool, one major detail was missed and had to be arduously fixed in post – the ranks. It’s the kind of thing that may be small to the average folk, but Trekkies like us would raise our pitchforks in an instant if it aired the way it was.

Here is what Gersha had to say about it:

The only thing that we didn’t actually think about was rank at the time, because in Disco, the rank was done with pips on the badges. So, when we first shot the first few days of Enterprise uniforms, we forgot to put rank on. So then, I forgot who told us, I think it was marketing, actually. John Van Citters saw that we hadn’t any indication of rank on our uniform.

And so, me and my team, we spent like a night of trying to figure out how we were going to add rank bars on their uniforms. So that was an interesting journey, and it all happened during one night, so we had to figure that out… Then they had to go back and CGI all the stripes on the days that we didn’t do it.

You know, it’s another sort of evolving situation, but I do feel like the version that we came up with sort of works within the world of our show, Discovery, and I don’t know if it’ll go throughout everything that’s coming up, because we’re doing other shows now that have been announced. I’m not sure what will happen and what will be used from then and what will not be used, but we’ll see.

It’s pretty amazing to think how much work in post-production went into this, and how seamless it really looked, especially when you compare it to the much larger budgeted project of Aladdin, who made Will Smith’s Genie look like something out of a Nintendo 64 game. Of course, now that you know, you’re probably going to go back to watch Discovery again and see if you can spot the fix. Good luck, let us know if you can find it!

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