More Details On “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”
Following the announcement of the new “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” series earlier today, more details about the show have emerged via co-creator and executive producer Akiva Goldsman.
If there has been one common criticism of the two recent “Star Trek” shows it has been that both ‘Discovery’ and ‘Picard’ have been too dark for their own good, losing the sense of optimism, wonder and positivity that often defined the franchise in favor of painting a future with a rather skeptical and almost grim view of space and humanity’s role in it. There’s also been complaints about the heavy serialisation of both shows.
That won’t be the case with the new series which is set on the Enterprise in the years prior to James T. Kirk coming aboard as captain. Goldsman tells Variety the new show will more closely follow the original 1960s Trek in structure and tone more:
The original “Star Trek” offered completely self contained episodes, “The Next Generation” was mostly episodic through past events and the occasional storyline would crop up across a handful of episodes. “Deep Space Nine” brought serialisation to the franchise with a multi-season long arc of the Dominion War, but the franchise would often take a break for standalone episodes in there that dwindled towards the end. “Voyager” went back to “The Next Generation” model and “Enterprise” employed a mix of approaches across seasons.
Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck will reprise their performances as Capt. Pike, Number One and Mister Spock respectively. Peck has been a regular at Trek conventions and has been stoking fan support and tells the trade:
The trio are expected to have a big celebratory Zoom get together this weekend. No word as yet when production might begin on the new series as yet.