The first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds wrapped up production two months ago. Although Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and Spock (Ethan Peck) all appeared in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, this show set onboard Pike’s Enterprise promises to be more akin to the original Star Trek, as we discussed in our exclusive Star Trek Day interview with executive producer Akiva Goldsman. At the same event, TrekMovie also had a chance to talk with series star Anson Mount about the look, style, structure, and production of the show.
A big reveal from the characters video was some visual changes in the uniforms and sets. Are you involved at all on the production side for this show, did you have any input in the new look?
No. I am a hired gun. I leave those decisions to people smarter than myself.
But as a superfan yourself, what did you think about it?
I think it’s great. I think everybody in the design departments did an extraordinary job of marrying the traditional Trek look with something new. But really, the mid-century modern aesthetic is still there and fits in so beautifully with what they’ve done. Especially [Production Designer] Jonathan Lee‘s work with the sets. And I can’t wait for people to see the Captain’s quarters because they are the coolest Captain’s quarters that have ever been built. [Editor’s Note: See panel recap for more details on Pike’s quarters]
Since before production even began, you have talked about how this show is going to be different from Discovery and fit more with The Original Series. Now that you have finished all ten episodes, can you talk about how that manifested?
We wanted our show to be more or less a throwback in every way we could. And that started with making room for the big idea of the week, which meant more of an episodic structure. And so every episode is a distinct story. It’s not that the characters don’t grow or change–that definitely happens. But the star of the show is the ship and the big idea of the week. I like to think of it as a two-hander that way.
With “New” in the name, are we seeing something new every week? Or is it a lot of familiar stuff, like aliens we’ve seen before and that kind of thing?
I’m going to let you discover that on your own. [laughs]
What is it like shooting on the new virtual set?
Good question, I’m glad you asked that. They call it an AR Wall, which I guess stands for augmented reality. It’s wild, man. Imagine an entire soundstage where the walls are all high-definition screens and there’s a ceiling projection. So the CG is done beforehand which makes it a much, much easier day of work for us, not that we needed it to be any easier than it was. Our crew works their absolute tails off for us. And this is just another extension of how much support that we’re feeling across the board. And it’s really interesting to be in these environments because it’s a whole other level of filmmaking than I’ve ever seen before.
Any idea of a premiere date?
Your guess is as good as mine, brother.
ICYMI – Star Trek Characters Video
In case you missed it, here is just the character reveal video. (And check out our article breaking down all the big news.)
Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive in 2022. It will be on Paramount+ in the United States, and in Canada it will air on CTV Sci-Fi and stream on Crave. There is no word yet on where fans outside of the USA and Canada will be able to see Strange New Worlds.
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