Bryan Fuller put an image of a Star Trek: Discovery make up test online yesterday. And my is it familiar.
Image: Star Trek Enterprise
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) August 8, 2016
It looks like the options are either a new species or Andorian. Without knowing the texture or, more revealingly, the colour, it’s impossible to know for sure.
But to wildly speculate, which I am happy to do about Star Trek, possibly until I have passed from this earth, I’d say the creature is most likely to be Andorian. Andorians, despite being founding members of the United Federation of Planets, didn’t really become a major Star Trek species until Enterprise. In the Original Series, Andorians looked like this:
Note the more dish-like antennae in the make-up test. In Enterprise, set chronologically earlier than the Original Series, they look like the top image, with thinner, more ovular antennae. (The race barely appeared in The Next Generation, and, when it did, the aliens had an appearance halfway between the two.) The real-world explanation for the different looks is that make up got better. But if we want to crawl down the rabbit hole…
Bryan Fuller has already said that there’s a clue about the era in which this show is set in the ship’s registration number. The Discovery‘s number is lower than the Enterprise‘s, hinting that the ship is younger than the Enterprise. Which might mean that the new show is set in the Original Series time frame or earlier. Assuming there’s an in-universe explanation for the differing antennae — other than the Andorians Kirk encountered having unusual ones — small antennae could indicate an era further back in time, closer to when Captain Archer was dealing with them.
And now that I have fully lost it based on a make up test, I am going to put my tinfoil hat on and talk about Roswell for a bit.