Discovery finally joins a Star Trek Starfleet lore


Star Trek: Discovery reveals the latest spaceship upgrade: The Disco has its own bar, as does Enterprise-D from TNG and the USS Cerritos from Lower Decks.

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Discovery Season 4, Episode 2 – “Anomaly”.

USS Discovery gets new upgrade in Star Trek: Discovery season 4 which brings it to a Starfleet lore. Ever since Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the Discovery moved into the 32nd century, they’ve had to adapt to all-new futuristic technology and the myriad of changes being made to Starfleet in the United Federation of Planets. However, the Discovery’s latest addition is actually a throwback to a spaceship lore started by Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek: TNG Season 2 featured Ten Forward, a bar located in the forward section of the USS Enterprise-D. Ten Forward even had an owner, Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg), and the ship’s bar was part of how the Oscar-winning actress got on board. TNG. Ten Forward was the site of many classics TNG scenes, and the novelty of a bar where Starfleet officers could relax with a glass of synthehol (non-alcoholic) and the occasional real liquor was repeated on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. DS9 featured Quark’s Bar, a tavern, restaurant, and game room owned by Ferengi Quark (Armin Shimerman) which was open to Starfleet officers and any aliens visiting the space station. Quark’s Bar also hosted many pivotal moments on DS9 and contained the holosuites where some of the show’s most popular episodes took place. Even if Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprisethe eponymous vessels did not have their own bars, Star Trek: Lower Bridges reintroduced the ship’s water point with the helm of the USS Cerritos.


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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4, Episode 2, “Anomaly,” revealed that the USS Discovery also had its own bar. The nightclub was completely refurbished during Star Trek: Discovery Season 3. However, there was no mention of the ship getting a helm when it was upgraded with programmable material technology and detachable pods. It looks like either Discovery’s bar was already there and just not shown, or it’s another new overhaul, possibly even a reward after Captain Burnham and his crew solved the mystery of The Burn and saved the Federation. Regardless, the nightclub now has a waterhole as its social hub, replacing the mess where the crew used to meet to eat their meals from the ship’s replicators.

Star Trek Discovery Bar Culber

Ship’s bars are an invention understandable by Star Trek: The Next Generation. They constitute an interesting counterpoint to another great TNG innovation, advising the ship, which is a duty that Dr Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) has taken on in addition to his role as USS Discovery’s chief medical officer. Being in Starfleet usually means spending years away from loved ones in deep space and tackling all manner of scientific calamities while exploring strange new worlds and seeking new life. Starfleet officers are under great pressure on a daily basis, especially the crew of the USS Discovery, which evolves from galactic crisis to galactic crisis. This is why it makes sense that the disco now has a common area for the crew to let off steam and socialize over a drink.

It is likely that Discovery’s new bar primarily serves synthehol like its Starfleet counterparts on the other. Star Trek series. Synthehol has already appeared in Star Trek: Discovery season 3, which was a weird anachronism as the alcohol-free substitute isn’t supposed to be available on a 23rd century ship like the Discovery. Synthehol is a Ferengi invention that was widely used by Starfleet in the 24th century. However, Discovery’s bar could also store premium alcohol from alien worlds. Star Trek: Discovery season 4 already made reference to Romulan whiskey, which was first introduced on Star Trek: Lower Bridges. Now that the USS Discovery has a bar, it will undoubtedly be the setting for captivating scenes in Star Trek: Discovery season 4 in the future, although the Disco logo isn’t literally a martini like Star Trek: Lower Bridges‘USS Cerritos.

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 airs Thursdays on Paramount +.

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