After Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, Paramount Plus has another Star Trek series to offer for its fans, as there’s another Franchise series soon coming to the streaming service, titled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet created the series for Paramount Plus. The upcoming series features Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush, Melissa Navia, and Bruce Horak as the main cast of the series.
Star Trek: strange new worlds is set to premiere on May 5, 2022, as part of Kurtzman’s expanded Star Trek Universe. A spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery and a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, it follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
The first ten episodes of the series will run through July 7.
There’s also good news for fans, five months before the series release, a second season was already announced in January 2022, and production began a month later.
The official description of the series reads, “the series will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock, and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the USS Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy.”
Regarding the series pilot, the show’s Executive Producer and Co-creator Akiva Goldsman told Variety, “We’re going to try to harken back to some classical ‘Trek’ values, to be optimistic, and to be more episodic. 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. … I imagine it to be closer to The Original Series than even DS9. We can really tell closed-ended stories. We can find ourselves in episodes that are tonally of a piece.”
In 2020, in another interview with Deadline, Alex Kurtzman elaborated, “I think Strange New Worlds, under the guidance of Henry Myers and Akiva Goldsman, it’s going to be a return in a way to TOS (The Original Series). We are going to do stand-alone episodes. There will be emotional serialization. There will be two-parters. There will be larger plot arcs. But it really is back to the model of alien-of-the-week, planet-of-the-week, challenge-on-the-ship-of-the-week. With these characters pre-Kirk’s Enterprise… I think what people responded so much to in all three characters is this kind of relentless optimism that they have. And that they are at the young phase of their careers.”