01255.5 – Strange New Worlds
Piggybacking on their successful stint in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, the pre-Captain Kirk crew of the USS Enterprise is set to return to screens in late 2021 (presumably after seaon 1 of Prodigy debuts). returning is the triumvirate of leading bridge officers, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Number one (Rebecca Romijn) and all-time fan favorite Lt. Comm. Spock (Ethan Peck)…
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – What we know so far
But of course three crew members does not a federation starship complement make. Shortly after beginning filming in March 2021, five more members of the cast were introduced via teaser video: Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush and Melissa Navia. Clearly the SNW troupe has been cast in the latest trend of Star Trek: Multicultural and attractive. Heck, with two fvaorite models (Romijn and Bush), this may be the prettiest ST cat yet.
None of these actors have yet been associated with his/her character as of mid-March, and a bit mysterious to this point is what the Strange New Worlds production team means to do about the one major character from the Original Series episodes “the Cage” and “The Menagerie”, i.e. Dr. boyce.
Strange New Worlds: In time, space and continuity
Should Strange New Worlds last for five seasons or so, the series will have essentially filled in the remaining blanks in ST universe continuity between the massive galactic war with the Klingon Empire triggered by Michael Burnham’s mutinous actions in the premiere episode of Discovery through to the peace established with that emprie by Kirk, Spock, McCoy et al in the sixth ST movie.
To be honest, “Strange New Worlds” might have made more sense as a series title for Enterprise or even Discovery past season 2. Reportedly, however, “strange new worlds” is what we’ll be getting in the TOS/Enterprise mold, i.e. with the feeling of exploration by a curious species still in the early stages of its glory.
Show producers have also promised a return to old formulae with more episodic storylines: SNW executive producer Henry Alonso told media in September 2020 – not long after the somewhat surprising announcement of the series debut – that “we’re going to tell ‘Big Idea’ science fiction adventures in an episodic mode, so we have room to meet new aliens, see new ships, visit new cultures.” Star Trek Guide can’t imagine that in the post-Deep Space Nine world, we won’t see some kind of overreaching story arc, but a more TNG-like feel would surely be welcomed after the three season-long plotlines unraveled in Discovery’s first three seasons…