After reflecting back on the year that was, we now take a look forward to the new year. There is a lot to look forward to in the world of Star Trek in 2022. In no particular order, the following are what the TrekMovie team is most excited about…
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
2022 will see more Star Trek: Prodigy, along with new seasons of Picard and Lower Decks, all of which are highly anticipated. But the Star Trek Universe is about to get a bit bigger with the arrival of the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a brand new series set on board the USS Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike. Anson Mount returns to the role following his run in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery along with Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. There is a new cast, some playing familiar roles like Dr. M’Benga and Nurse Chapel. The series is designed to be different from the two other live-action Paramount+ shows, with a lighter tone and more traditional episodic “planet of the week” format, designed to satisfy old-school Trek fans.
Star Trek: Resurgence
Also coming this spring is Star Trek: Resurgence, a brand-new adventure game set within Star Trek’s 24th century Prime Universe. It’s been a while since the last launch of a PC and Console video game, so this is a big deal—and the focus on story and the pedigree of the team behind it make this a potential highlight for the year.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Edition 4K Update
His Trek film famously rushed to theaters for its 1979 theatrical release, the late Robert Wise worked with Paramount on a Director’s Edition with a new edit and new special effects for a release in 2001. Two decades later, Paramount has brought the team back together to bring Wise’s vision into the HD era with a new 4K Ultra HD edition, including newly rendered visual effects and updates. The 4K TMP will debut on Paramount+ first, and we just can’t wait to see it.
The return of Playmates Toys
In Star Trek’s heyday of the 1990s, Playmates Toys dominated with a constant stream of affordable and collectible figures and toys spanning the franchise. But that all came to an end in 1999, except for a brief return for the 2009 Star Trek movie. In 2022, Playmates will return with a new line promising “attention to brand detail, authentic portrait sculpting, and new product innovations.” Details are sparse but Playmates is expected to be offering kid-friendly toys and figures tied to Prodigy, other new shows, and legacy Star Trek.
In 2022, ReedPop (who runs the Star Wars Celebration events) is taking over the Star Trek convention license in the US and is set to hold their first new “Mission” in Chicago with a four-day event starting April 8. Working closely with ViacomCBS, the event organizers promise “celebrity guests, exclusive merchandise, and exciting announcements.” It is expected that ViacomCBS will use this event as a showcase and opportunity to make some news about their Paramount+ shows and possibly even Paramount feature films. The only caveat is there are only a handful of guests announced so far, and the latest COVID wave could have an impact on this, which is coming up in just a few months.
Star Trek: Picard: Second Self
In May, Pocket Books is releasing its next Star Trek: Picard novel tie-in, and this time it is set to bridge the gap between season one and season two, which also arrives in early 2022. Written by the always reliable Una McCormack, Second Self will focus on Raffi Musiker, who finds herself torn after the events of season one, trying to decide if she should return to Starfleet. The novel promises espionage and intrigue and could help add some context to Raffi and other characters before season two.
IDW Publishing is returning their gaze to Star Trek aliens with a planned series of extra-long one-shot comics, each focused on a different iconic species. The first issue is due in February with a focus on the Klingons, and tells the story of Kahless, the legendary Klingon warrior and founder of the Klingon Empire. Future issues later in the year will focus on the Ferengi, Vulcans, Trill, and others.
To The Journey: Looking Back at Star Trek: Voyager
The team behind a series of popular Trek documentaries is following up their 2018 DS9 doc What We Left Behind with a deep dive into Star Trek: Voyager. Work started in 2020, and following a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign in early 2021, the team went back into production to shoot more interviews with the people who made Voyager and beyond. The doc promises some surprises, and based on their track record, this should be a highlight of the year assuming they hit their goal of a late 2022 release.
A Woman’s Trek
Deep Space Nine star Nana Visitor is currently hard at work on a new book for Hero Collector called A Woman’s Trek, set to come out sometime in 2022. The book will take a frank look at what it’s like for the women who have worked on Star Trek in front and behind the camera throughout the franchise. Visitor has been conducting a series of honest, hard-hitting interviews that are also being filmed for a potential documentary as well, working with the same team behind To the Journey.
The Orville: New Horizons
Yes, it’s technically not Star Trek, but we here have embraced it as part of the family and we have been waiting for a long time for The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s loving homage to The Next Generation, to return. Jumping to the Hulu streaming service (and Disney+ Star internationally), the third season is being branded The Orville: New Horizons; producers say it’s “more ambitious” and “much bigger in scope” than before. The 10-episode third season kicks off on March 10.
2023 Movie News
We are still waiting to hear about what’s next for Paramount+’s growing Star Trek television universe. There’s a possible Starfleet Academy show, maybe the Section 31 project will finally move forward… but the news we are most starved for is about the big screen. Since the release of Beyond in 2016, Paramount Pictures has had a series of stops and starts with various Star Trek feature film projects. However, they actually staked out a movie release date in this year, setting a film to premiere in December 22, 2023. Producer J.J. Abrams has hired WandaVisions’s Matt Shakman to direct with a script co-written by Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, which is reportedly already completed. The new studio chief has touted the importance of feature films for the Trek franchise, and indicated that multiple films are in the works. If this is all going to become a reality, we should learn much more in 2022 about the holiday 2023 movie, including who is in it and how it fits into the larger Star Trek multiverse.
What are you looking forward to?
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