The first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds arrives on Thursday, but production on the second season is well underway in Toronto. And in March Paramount+ surprised fans by announcing The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley is taking on the iconic role of James T. Kirk for season two. They even released an image. At the time of that announcement, Paramount confirmed that Strange New Worlds lead Anson Mount will continue to star as Captain Pike, so fans have been wondering what exactly is going on with Kirk showing up on the show. Now one of the showrunners is offering some clues.
How Kirk became Kirk
The first season of Strange New Worlds is set six years before James T. Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise, so his presence on the show was not expected, or at least not as soon as season two. Speaking to TV Line, co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers offered some insight, saying:
This is a science fiction show, so there are many ways in which a character can enter a story and exit a story. We are absolutely in an era where [Kirk] is alive and present, and as much as we’re trying to tell the stories of how [Spock, Pike and Uhura] came to be the person that they become, there are other people who we also want to tell that story for.
The executive producer went on to explain why they brought Kirk into season two:
Our goal was to tell a story of this Kirk, in this time period, which is a totally different Kirk that has only been touched on in the Kelvin Universe. We hope the fun of the show is telling the inner stories that they maybe wouldn’t have been told back then about younger versions of the characters who have yet to become who we know.
Speaking to CinemaBlend Myers offered a bit more clarity on where we are meeting this Kirk in Strange New Worlds:
Kirk, in this time period, is younger than the Kirk that we get to know. It’s a little closer to the Kelvin universe movies in terms of [his] age range. He’s going through a different thing. He’s an officer on the Farragut, you know? There’s a lot of stuff to play that hasn’t been played before and that’s what we’re interested in.
It will be a while until we see Wesley’s Kirk as the second season is still in production and there is no announced release date.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on Thursday, May 5 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. In New Zealand, it will be available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.
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