Tuesday’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds promos introduced Cadet Uhura and Lt. La’an, but both also revealed more about the show. As we wait for more promos we will do our traditional deep-dive analysis on the first two to get a closer look at the highly anticipated series.
Launching the Enterprise
The Uhura promo starts out with a beauty shot of the USS Enterprise exiting a space facility with multiple drydocks.
CLOSER LOOK: The ship in the dock directly behind the Enterprise is very likely a Shepard class starship being worked on, even though from a distance it looks a bit like the 22nd-century NX series.
Captain Pike walks onto the bridge and says “welcome aboard, everyone.” New character Lt. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) can be seen on the right side of the forward console with security chief La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong) appearing to be walking behind Pike.
CLOSER LOOK: As we’ve noted before, the bridge set has been rebuilt since it was seen in Discovery season 2 (and related Short Treks). The extra walkway behind the bridge has been removed, and with it the turbolift alcove has been moved slightly and redesigned. The bridge lighting has been changed to a warmer yellow tone, in Discovery it was much bluer.
The helm controls are shown up close.
And the Enterprise goes to warp
Pike turns to Uhura and says: “Cadet Uhura, very happy to have you aboard.”
Uhura (wearing the Operations badge of a year four Starfleet Academy cadet) replies: “Glad to be here.”
CLOSER LOOK: Uhura is using an updated version of the classic Star Trek communications earpiece as worn by original Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols.
Making the cut
The cadet walks the Enterprise corridors in her duty uniform. We hear Pike in voice-over saying, “Cadets need to be pretty impressive to make the cut.”
Uhura, still in her cadet uniform, is welcomed to the Enterprise. Emphasizing expertise in communications, Pike says, “I hear you speak twelve languages.”
Uhura replies, “Actually, thirty-seven,” which gets a “wow” from the captain. This scene may be Pike’s quarters. We were told by the showrunners last year that Pike likes to cook for his crew, and we certainly see what looks like a kitchen behind her.
Later we see Spock say to Uhura: “Starfleet would be fortunate to have an officer like you.”
Talk to the alien
A landing party confronts an unknown alien holding a weapon.
As the alien speaks Pike asks, “What’s he saying?” and La’an replies, “the universal translator isn’t processing it. Uhura, do something.”
As the alien looks at the team quizzically, Uhura replies, “That’s not how linguistics works.”
CLOSER LOOK: They are using the same phaser rifle used on Star Trek: Discovery in seasons 1-3.
The Enterprise approaches a world with an ominous storm in space hanging over it.
On an icy planet, the Enterprise or another Constitution-class ship has crashed.
Uhura (left) and an unknown officer enter what appears to be the Enterprise shuttle or cargo bay, wearing EV suits with tethers. The containers in this scene use the various cargo symbols invented for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
A quick shot shows what could be a small ship attached via an airlock bridge under attack.
Cadet Uhura walks onto the bridge and takes her station as we hear her in voice-over saying, “Who knows where I will end up? I guess I’m still searching.”
For this promo La’an introduces herself to Pike as he enters the bridge, saying: “Captain Pike. Lt. La’an Noonien Singh. Chief of Security.”
Enterprise heads out again
We again see Pike greeting the crew, with a tiny bit more dialogue this time, saying, “Welcome back and welcome aboard everyone.”
There are a few quick cuts of the Enterprise, including a shot in orbit of a ringed planet.
And a shot near another planet as the ship warps off.
As La’an looks through a triangular window into space we hear her in voice-over talk about her past, saying, “When I was a kid, I was the only one to survive…”
A young La’an in a jacket with a mission patch.
La’an’s young hand reaches out to another.
La’an and Spock navigate a treacherous-looking asteroid field in the show’s version of a Class-F shuttlecraft.
We pick up on La’an’s story as she tells Spock “I know what it feels like to be alone” as he turns to her with raised eyebrow.
Spock melds with her and experiences what she sees.
A bit later, Spock speaks to La’an in a different environment (possibly within the meld), saying “You are?”
She replies with “Scared.”
La’an and a landing party on an unknown icy planet or moon, likely the same one with the crashed ship from the Uhura promo.
La’an leads the way entering a ship, possibly the same crashed ship.
Fight in Engineering
For some reason, Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and La’an get into a fight in what is almost certainly engineering on the USS Enterprise.
CLOSER LOOK: Since it’s almost certainly engineering, let’s a take look at what we’ve seen before. There was a quickly made nearly 100% CGI view of a massive version of Enterprise engineering with a vertical warp core for the Short Treks episode “Ask Not.”
This new engineering set looks to have a bit of influence from TOS in general angled shape of the warp core behind Number One and La’an, and in fact, it seems to be a horizontal warp core, which was the case in TOS.
Also, some of the gangways and machinery look inspired by real-life equipment, like those found at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which was used for the outside of the warp core in Star Trek Into Darkness.
La’an with others in front of the golden orb first seen briefly in the teaser trailer. In voice-over, we hear her say, “I can’t just keep running…”
Possibly on an undercover mission to the Renaissance-era planet seen in the teaser trailer, La’an watches as someone waves an object over her.
A quick shot shows some small craft racing across an accretion disk
La’an winces as the ship gets rocked.
Who La’an is
At attention and speaking to Captain Pike, La’an concludes, “… that’s just who I am.”
Promo ends with one more defiant shot of Lt. La’an Noonien Singh.
More to come…
It’s likely Paramount+ has more character promos coming and we will continue report on them as they arrive, and do more analysis as well.
Strange New Worlds coming this May
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on May 5th, streaming exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series will air on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and stream on Crave in Canada, with additional international availability to be announced at a later date.
And in case you missed it, catch the previously release teaser trailer.
[International fans can watch at startrek.com]
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