Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the upcoming Paramount+ series set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise, spun off from Star Trek: Discovery. And now the star of the new show is talking about why it’s going to be a different (and yet more familiar) kind of Trek.
Mount says Strange New Worlds returns to classic Trek
Anson Mount made such a splash as Captain Pike in season two of Discovery – along with Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One – that CBS gave the trio their own show set on the USS Enterprise. However even though the actors first appeared on the highly serialized Discovery, it has been telegraphed that the new series will feel more like Star Trek: The Original Series, where their characters originated. Now speaking to Collider, Anson Mount explains why they are going old school with SNW:
“Well, I think that Star Trek is, by nature, episodic. Now, that doesn’t mean that Star Trek can’t be other things. Star Trek can be a lot of things, as we’ve seen in every iteration of it. But classic Trek is really founded on the big idea of the week, and the big idea of the week needs room to breathe. In serialized structure, you’re trying to take care of so many relationships that there doesn’t tend to be a lot of room for that. Now with that said, I think Discovery does a phenomenal job with that structure and I was very fortunate to be a part of it. Normally, serialized is my taste, as an actor, but this really felt like it needed to be episodic.”
This is yet more confirmation that Strange New Worlds will be different than Picard and Discovery and more of a return to earlier Trek shows in terms of story structure. Anson Mount himself is a Trek fan and when his new series was first announced he proclaimed his excitement “to get to work on a classic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future.”
Last week co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman – who was the driving force behind the scenes to sell CBS on the idea of a Pike-focused series – also talked about how the show is “really episodic” and “very much adventure-of-the-week.” The key difference from TOS Goldsman has pointed to is how the new show will have “serialized character arcs.”
The captains are talking
Speaking of keeping it old school, Mount took to Twitter last Friday to express his views on leadership by quoting the late Army General Douglas MacArthur but adding a #startrek hashtag. Perhaps he is indicating an influence for his portrayal of Pike.
On the same day, Mount had a fun exchange with the original Captain Kirk on Twitter, after William Shatner tweeted out a simple “Miss me?”
Shatner replied to Mount’s “space” tweet with a Trekified version of an old John Lennon song.
“I'm sick to death of seeing things from tight-lipped, condescending, mama's little aliens…
All I want is my space…
Just give me some space, now…”🎶 (apologies to John Lennon 😉) https://t.co/r6T8Jk0xnu
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 17, 2021
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022.
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