Star Trek is set to get a new spin-off featuring the classic USS Enterprise and characters from Star Trek: Discovery. We have all the details.
The new show, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, will feature fan-favorite characters from season two of Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and Spock (Ethan Peck).
The characters all featured in the original Star Trek series, before their reappearance in Discovery’s second season. Pike and Number One were meant to helm the original series before behind-the-scenes changes saw William Shatner’s James T. Kirk take on the role of Enterprise captain. The late Leonard Nimoy’s Spock maintained his role but was promoted to the first officer for the remainder of the series.
Discovery’s recasting of the classic characters was only meant to last a single season, but fan response to the characters was immense, prompting the CBS All Access team to rejig their Trek-verse.
Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming of CBS All Access said of the show: “Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season. This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek.”
Anson Mount also thanked fans on Twitter for their efforts in bringing the show to life.
Many Discovery fans had been disgruntled at the inclusion of Captain Pike in season two of the show—especially when he took charge of the ship in place of the existing characters.
But Mount’s astute portrayal of the character—along with a strong arc and well-developed relationships with the rest of the cast—quickly turned him into a fan-favorite.
Alongside Mount, Romijn’s humorous and badass Number One won legions of fans.
Peck had big shoes to fill not only as the third actor to play the iconic role of Spock but also as the brother of Discovery’s protagonist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). Despite the pressure, Peck performed admirably, embodying a more-tortured Spock who, over the course of the season, developed a strong bond with his sister. The glimpse fans got of the Enterprise featured a supporting cast of several actors of color, adding some more diversity to the Star Trek universe.
By the end of the season, fans made it clear that they wanted more from the Discovery characters and from the three new additions. And their wish has finally been granted.
It will be interesting to see where Strange New Worlds will take the characters and their story. There is plenty to explore in the galaxy and with the experiences on Discovery behind them, the three characters should have engaging arcs.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest series in the Trek-verse to be announced. A Section-31 series starring Michelle Yeoh is still in the works and two animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and an as-yet-untitled Nickelodeon show, are also in development.
After years of hiatus, fans will now have plenty more content coming their way, with even more in the offing.
No release date for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been announced as yet. Season three of Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS All Access later in 2020.