The next live-action entry in the Star Trek franchise coming to Paramount+ is Strange New Worlds. The series is currently in production and one of the stars is dropping hints about what we can expect for this new show set on board Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise.
Fun with Spock on Strange New Worlds
Rebecca Romijn took on the role of Number One in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, and she is reprising the role along with Ethan Peck as Spock and Anson Mount as Pike for Strange New Worlds. While promoting a new movie, the actress spoke about the Trek series with Looper, and reports that they are currently in production on the seventh episode of the 10-episode first season. The Toronto-based production started in February, so this seems to confirm Mount’s comment from May that the show is off to a “smooth start,” despite new pandemic protocols.
The actress kept true to her NDA, but offered this summary of the show and the dynamic between Pike, Number One, and Spock:
“This is the story of the 10 years on the Enterprise — this is the 10 years leading up to Captain Kirk on the Enterprise. So, this is Captain Pike and Number One, and Spock is a science officer. We outrank him, which is really fun, because when does anybody ever outrank Spock?”
Last fall during Star Trek Day, Strange New Worlds writer Davy Perez talked about this different character dynamic, with Pike and Number One “being sort of parental figures to the ship and in specific to Spock.” We also saw elements of this played out in the Short Treks episode “Q&A.”
As for her mention of 10 years, it’s likely she’s not being exact. The second season of Star Trek: Discovery was actually set 8 years before Kirk took command of the USS Enterprise. It is expected that Strange New Worlds will pick up after that.
A lighter show with lots of Easter eggs
It has been said before that this new show is being made to harken back to the original Star Trek. Romijn talked briefly about how this old-school style and tone of Strange New Worlds is playing out:
“It’s in keeping with The Original Series — they’re standalone episodes. It’s a little bit lighter. We are visiting planets. We are visiting colonies, and we are so proud of our work so far.”
She also teased more canon connections for the new adventures on the old NCC-1701:
“I can’t say anything else because there are so many Easter eggs on this show, but we are very, very, very excited to introduce this show.”
In the past, Romijn has talked about how the character of Number One – who only appeared in the Star Trek pilot episode “The Cage” – offers the show’s writers a “unique opportunity” as they will be the first to fill out much of the character’s backstory. However – and this could be getting to the aforementioned “Easter Eggs” – last fall the actress said the writers “floated an idea for Number One’s backstory that I’m not going to share right now because it is it blew my mind when they said it.” So there may be something surprising in store for Number One when Strange New Worlds finally arrives.
See Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Conner in Endangered Species
Rebecca Romijn and her husband Jerry O’Connell (who voices Commander Ransom on Lower Decks) star together in the African safari movie Endangered Species. The film is available now in select theaters and on video on demand. Check out the trailer.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022.
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