Discovery crewman in wheelchair


A hoverchair was an advanced version of the wheelchair that functioned through use of anti-gravity technology versus wheels.

A crewman present at a party aboard the USS Discovery made use of a wheelchair-like device. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad")

Background information Edit

Melora Pazlar hover chair design

An early design sketch of Melora's hoverchair

On Twitter, Ted Sullivan used the tag #hoverchair in relation to this character. [1] That term was previously also used in concept art for a wheelless chair for Melora Pazlar. Though the scene seemed to imply that the character was in the chair due to war-related events, "The Loss" seems to suggest that use of a wheelchair does not disqualify one from joining Starfleet.

Hoverchairs were apparently not an universal norm for Starfleet in this era, as during season two, the character used a more traditional wheeled wheelchair.

The wheelchair seen in "Melora" was initially to have utilized anti-grav technology. The chair from "Too Short a Season" was to be pulled out of storage and remodeled. However, the chair had originally been designed with the larger set of the USS Enterprise-D in mind and it was quickly realized that it would not be practical in the relatively small Deep Space 9 corridor sets. As a result, a simplified 21st century wheelchair was used instead. (The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, p. 108)

Community content is available under CC-BY-NC unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+