CBS is developing more live-action Star Trek shows, and one that many fans have been clamoring for would be set on the USS Enterprise, taking place before The Original Series and featuring the return of Anson Mount’s Captain Pike and Ethan Peck’s Mr. Spock, who were introduced in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. They reprised their roles in a Star Trek: Short Treks as well.
Peck ready for more Spock
In a new interview with Ars Technica, Ethan Peck didn’t offer any confirmation about if or when a U.S.S. Enterprise show might happen, but he does give an update on how ready he is to return to the space:
I would love to continue playing this character and being a part of this world. Sure, I am biased by now because I’m part of it, and I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, but there’s almost something religious about Star Trek. Its ideology provides a hope that people can hold onto. Just look at the community it’s created. It celebrates what makes us special as human beings, illuminates what makes us great.
In the same interview, Peck talked about his practical approach to playing Spock, informed by the original actor:
What makes Spock so compelling is the perpetual conflict within him. The conflict between logic and emotion, between Vulcan and human. I always saw in Nimoy’s eyes a depth of understanding of the emotion around him, and an empathy with those around him. That wasn’t always communicated verbally. But you see it in the time he takes to consider moments or situations. That, I think, expresses his humanity very well.
The expected (but not confirmed) return of Pike, Spock and Number One
Alex Kurtzman, who is in charge of CBS’ Star Trek Universe, has stated that “the fans have been heard” when it comes for the desire for a show set on Pike’s Enterprise. In January Kurtzman confirmed there were “active conversations” about bringing back Pike, Spock and Number One. The executive producer went as far as to say he would prefer to do an ongoing series instead of a mini-series, adding, “There’s still seven years from Discovery’s departure [at the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 2] until Pike’s accident. There’s a lot of precedent for seven-year ‘Star Trek’ shows.”
Ethan Peck isn’t the only actor who is ready to go back to the U.S.S. Enterprise. In an interview posted a couple of weeks ago on Space.com, Anson Mount confirmed he’d be up for returning play Pike:
I’d love to do that…you’re talking to a Trekkie who, I mean, just to sit in the captain’s chair is one of the rarest honors of being a modern actor. Not a lot of people have been asked to do it. I’m certainly grateful that I was entrusted with that responsibility. And yes, of course I’d love to continue to occupy that chair. I’m not going to grouse around and be aloof about it. I’d love to.
And in a February interview with FashionWeekDaily, Rebecca Romijn (who played Number One on Pike’s U.S.S. Enterprise in Discovery and Short Treks) hinted there was more Star Trek in her future when asked what she was up to, saying “I’ve also been working on Star Trek here and there, but I can’t really talk about that.”
An official announcement about a Pike’s Enterprise Star Trek show (or other Trek show where they would be included) has been anticipated for a year and may be one of the least surprising things to come from the powers that be for the Star Trek Universe. But with so much film and TV in Hollywood and Canada shut down during the pandemic, there may not be an update anytime soon.
Watch Peck unbox iconic Star Trek helmet
Showing just how much of the Kool-Aid he has drunk, this week Peck participated in a fun new video from the official Star Trek site where he unboxes a bit of iconic, and some would say infamous, Trek merchandise history.
Keep up with all the news of upcoming Star Trek TV projects at TrekMovie.com.