While it didn’t get its own dedicated panel during the Star Trek Universe event at Comic-Con At Home, there was still some news revealed for the highly anticipated series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Work started on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
As he introduced the Star Trek Universe panel executive producer Alex Kurtzman gave a brief update on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The new series set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise was officially announced in May, but Kurtzman revealed that work on the show started a year ago:
Obviously, we heard the fans. I really wanted to tell everybody about it last Comic-Con. People were poking around and asking questions, and we couldn’t say anything. But we were already having real active conversations at that point.
There is no date for release or production start, but Kurtzman also gave a brief update on progress for the writers’ room:
The room has started. There are 10 stories broken, which is very exciting. They are just sort of at the beginning. But it was one of those shows that I think everybody came in with such enthusiasm and so much love.
Kurtzman’s comment could indicate that the first season of Strange New Worlds will comprise 10 episodes, just like the first season of Star Trek: Picard. That would make it a bit shorter than the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. And even though they have 10 stories broken, that still means a lot of work has to be done to write the actual scripts.
It has previously been stated by the producers that Strange New Worlds will be more like traditional Star Trek shows, with an episodic structure and an optimistic tone.
When the series was announced, CBS revealed the series premiere was written by Akiva Goldsman with the story by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman, Kurtzman, and Lumet will serve as executive producers in addition to Henry Alonso Myers (The Magicians). The writers’ room also includes Akela Cooper (The 100, Luke Cage) and Davy Perez (Supernatural), who will also serve as co-executive producers.
UPDATE: Mount and Peck talk about Pike and Spock’s future
Later during the Star Trek: Discovery portion of the panel, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds stars Ethan Peck and Anson Mount spoke about the development of their characters during season two of Discovery and into the future.
Discussing Captain Pike’s journey, Mount said:
The biggest thing, obviously, was seeing my future, and when you see how it’s all gonna end and that it’s not so pretty what do you do with that? There’s a reason we can only see our past. We’re a very neurotic species; we wouldn’t know how to comport ourselves. I think ultimately the question comes down to: how do you move forward? I think he’s probably going to wrestle with how he can best utilize the rest of his life for the good of… the world, the universe.
Ethan Peck talked about how important Michael Burnham is to the development of Spock moving forward:
Spock’s interaction with Michael Burnham is essential to transforming Spock from somebody who’s been born on Vulcan who’s half-human that has been taught to be Vulcan. And I think Michael Burnham gives him the permission to be human. And teaches him what it is to be human.
So that essential to the development of Spock, all along, the conflict between his emotion and logic… going forward into when we first see Leonard Nimoy in The Original Series. It’s a huge character point for me and will dictate a lot of behavior for Spock, because of his interaction with Michael.
More from Comic-Con@Home
There is a lot of news coming out of the virtual Comic-Con. We will have more updates as the day goes on. Keep up with all of TrekMovie’s Comic-Con@Home coverage.
And keep up with all the news and reviews from the new Star Trek Universe on TV at TrekMovie.com.