Paramount+ dropped some matter, anti-matter, and dilithium crystals into the intermix chamber of its promotional warp core on Sunday, spreading anticipation of its next Star Trek adventure at superluminal speeds. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the forthcoming (and somewhat retro) new series, leaves Spacedock on May 5.
The new series, which stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, is a spinoff of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which just ended its fourth season. The character of Pike was originally played by Jeffrey Hunter in the Star Trek pilot in 1964. It never aired, but footage was repurposed on the show’s first season in 1966. Bruce Greenwood played the part in the first two of the recent rebooted films.
Strange New Worlds is set a few years prior to the events of the original William Shatner-led Star Trek, but features many familiar characters. Rebecca Romijn plays Captain Pike’s first officer Una (also known as Number One) and Ethan Peck is science officer Spock. Both are reprising their roles from Discovery.
Paul Wesley will play Captain James T. Kirk in the series’s second season, which has already begun shooting.
Also in the mix are Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Nyota Uhura and Babs Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga (both characters from the classic show) plus Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel. Interestingly enough, both Number One and Nurse Chapel were originally played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, but on different ships. Star Trek can be confusing sometimes. Christina Chong is also appearing on the show as La’an Noonien-Singh, a character with some yet-to-be-revealed relationship to the interstellar baddie Khan Noonien-Singh (played by Ricardo Mantalbán and Benedict Cumberbatch in different realities.)
This makes the fourth Star Trek series on Paramount+. In addition to Discovery, there is Star Trek: Picard, currently in its second season, plus Star Trek: Prodigy, an animated series aimed at kids on a mid-first season pause, and the animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, created by Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites alum Mike McMahan, readying its third season.
Nerds: Go straight to the 0:56 mark to see two lirpas in combat on the surface of Vulcan.
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