Captain Pike and his crew are gearing up to launch onto our screens in Strange New Worlds, the latest Star Trek show in a raft of new series in what's fast becoming a new golden age for the franchise.
Strange New Worlds picks up a few key cast members from the second season of Discovery to explore the adventures of the USS Enterprise before Kirk inherited the captain's chair.
Here’s all we know so far about Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
When is the release date for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds?
Shooting on the series began in early March 2021 - after a few Covid-related delays - and reportedly wrapped in July.
With demanding post-production needs it will still be a while before the series makes it to our screens however, and Paramount hasn't yet announced a release date for the new series.
We know that animated kids' series Star Trek: Prodigy will debut this October, followed by Discovery season four in November and Picard season 2 in February 2022 - so it's a safe bet that Strange New Worlds will arrive after Picard's February debut. Expect it some time in spring/summer 2022 on that basis.
It's not the last Trek show on the way though - we still have the teased Star Trek: Section 31 spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh in the pipeline, and animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks should return for its third season some time after Strange New Worlds arrives, with season two airing right now.
Is there a Strange New Worlds trailer?
Not yet - with post-production still ongoing we haven't yet been treated to actual footage from the show. It's teased in this sizzle reel from Paramount highlighting the whole range of Trek series on the way, but only uses bits of footage from Discovery, so there's nothing new to see yet.
Who are the cast and crew?
Paramount uses 2021's Star Trek Day celebration to tease the cast of Strange New Worlds, which includes a few callbacks to the original series - and one very interesting addition.
Here’s the current ship’s roster:
- Captain Christopher Pike: Anson Mount
- Number One: Rebecca Romijn
- Spock: Ethan Peck
- Dr. M’Benga: Babs Olusanmokun
- Nurse Christine Chapel: Jess Bush
- Cadet Nyota Uhura: Celia Rose Gooding
- La’an Noonien-Singh: Christina Chong
- Unknown Series Regular: Melissa Navia
Three of the new cast members are playing returning members of the original crew: Uhura, Nurse Chapel, and Dr. M'Benga (you'd be forgiven for not knowing that last one, he only appeared twice).
More interesting is Chong's casting as La'an Noonien-Singh. That's a new character, but she shares a surname with a certain Khan Noonien-Singh - the wrathful one - leading to much speculation as to if - and how - she could be a relative of the would-be tyrant.
As for behind the camera, here's the confirmed talent so far:
- Director: Akiva Goldsman
- Writer: Akiva Goldsman
- Writer: Alex Kurtzman
- Writer: Jenny Lumet
What is the plot of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds?
While we still don’t know a lot about the kind of adventures the Enterprise will be having, there are some strong indicators that the show will return to the roots of the franchise. In an interview with Variety, series co-creator Akiva Goldsman told reporters:
"We’re going to try to harken back to some classical Trek values, to be optimistic, and to be more episodic," said Goldsman. "Obviously, we will take advantage of the serialized nature of character and story building. But I think our plots will be more closed-ended than you’ve seen in either Discovery or Picard."
This will be good news for those who prefer the self-contained stories that featured throughout not only the Original Series but also in Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine.
Goldsman went further in another interview with The Hollywood Reporter, calling back to classic Trek to suggest that we'll see more tonal variation this time around too.
"If you think back to The Original Series, it was a tonally more liberal — I don't mean in terms of politics, but it could sort of be more fluid. Like sometimes Robert Bloch would write a horror episode. Or Harlan Ellison would have 'City on the Edge of Forever', which is hard sci-fi. Then there would be comedic episodes, like 'Shore Leave' or 'The Trouble With Tribbles'. So [co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers and myself are trying to serve that."
What we do know is the series will be set in the decade before Kirk becomes Captain of the Enterprise, running alongside Star Trek: Discovery’s timeline. Well, at least the timeline that existed in season one and two.
In the latter, Captain Pike’s fate is revealed to him, much as it was in the original series episode The Menagerie. Not to spoil anything, but it’s hardly the upbeat, optimistic finale that a series would hope for, so the writers have a lot of work to do if they want to avoid leaving fans weeping as the voyage comes to an end.
With the show essentially bridging the gap between Discovery and the Original Series, it makes sense that the aesthetic will also shift a little.
"There are a few more reach-backs (to The Original Series) and the uniforms have been adjusted slightly, the sets are slightly different," Goldsman says. "Remember the Enterprise existed as a little piece of [the show Discovery], but now it's its own object. When you close your eyes and think of the key sets and situations that you think of The Original Series, that's what we're looking to do."
Another rumour that may reduce Star Trek lovers to tears is a potential cameo appearance of Scott Bakula’s Captain Archer. This remains very much a rumour, and one that could be incredulous when you consider that the Discovery/Strange New Worlds timeline is about a century after Star Trek: Enterprise.
Though given the inclusion of a Noonien-Singh on the crew - with the show set more than 200 years after Khan's reign on Earth - it may be that time travel shenanigans will play their part again, so Archer's appearance isn't out of the question.
How can I watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds?
Depending where you are, access to Strange New Worlds and the other current Star Trek series will be through one or more of the major streaming services. In the USA, you’ll want to use Paramount+, which recently replaced CBS All Access.
In the UK it could be a little more complicated. Netflix currently offers Star Trek: Discovery and all the older shows, while Amazon Prime Video is home to Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard. So, if you want to see all of the Trek TV shows, you’ll need a subscription to both.
Where Strange New Worlds will end up is still unclear, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out.