Preview ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Episode 102 With New Photos And Clip From “Children Of The Comet” [UPDATED]

The second episode of the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds finally arrives this week and we have details, new photos, and a clip to get you started.

“Children of the Comet”

The Strange New Worlds series premiere is followed up by an episode titled “Children of the Comet.” The episode was written by co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers and Sarah Tarkoff. It was directed by Maja Vrvilo. The episode debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, May 12.

Synopsis:

While on a survey mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a comet is going to strike an inhabited planet. They try to re-route the comet, only to find that an ancient alien relic buried on the comet’s icy surface is somehow stopping them. As the away team try to unlock the relic’s secrets, Pike and Number One deal with a group of zealots who want to prevent the U.S.S. Enterprise from interfering.

UPDATE more Hemmer photos:

Bruce Horak as Hemmer of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Bruce Horak as Hemmer of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura and Bruce Horak as Hemmer of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

New photos:

Rebecca Romijn as Una of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Anson Mount as Pike of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Anson Mount as Pike of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Rebecca Romijn as Una, Anson Mount as Pike, and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Christina Chong as La’an of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Pictured: Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, Christina Chong as La’an, Dan Jeannotte as Samuel Kirk, and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Previously released photos:
Clip:

The latest episode of The Ready Room includes a clip from the episode featuring Uhura meeting Hemmer [at 29:15]. [Also available internationally at startrek.com]

New season trailer

A new trailer showing what is coming up this season is available on startrek.com

All photos by Marni Grossman/Paramount+ 

New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it is available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot SelectStrange 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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Love the look of this show!

Absolutely. With a 2-second glance you can the captain’s chair, helm, etc. I’ve seen every episode of Discovery and the JJ movies, and those bridge sets’ captains chairs look like a random chair placed in a middle of a very busy room. This SNW bridge is still very busy (too busy for my taste), but I can quickly figure out the geography of the room. It says something about the original bridge design.

The “object smashing into an inhabited planet” bit was done many times before in Star Trek, but it’s a great premise and I could watch different versions of it many times. It’s like another band covering a song and putting their own spin on it.

I love the look of the space suits especially with the communicators and tricorder strapped over the shoulder.

Oh YES!

I like it with one exception. Why are there lights on nearly every surface all over the entire ship? The camera ends up looking directly into a light source no matter which way it is pointing.

It breaks my suspension of disbelief because no one would design a room like that for day-to-day work.

That’s been my problem with trek since 2009. This ‘the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades’ BS wore thin with me during the first trailer for the first Abrams. It’s like, ‘we can’t actually design anything that won’t date, so we’ll dazzle you with how awesome the future is instead.’

I like how despite the misguided decolorization of the bridge because it was just too cool and TOS the bridge set is just so functional with all those crew members able to communicate, information displays and workable stations it still looks awesome!!!!!
All those other colorful scenes look great. Uniforms look great. Everything else looks great except those monochrome monitors from the 80s that ignore the TOS bridge displays had color everywhere.
Needs more TOS bridge background sounds though, bring her to life!
Also the cast is rocking it and I love all the characters.
Regardless of the decolorization… TREK IS ON THE AIR AGAIN AFTER DECADES! WARP SPEED.

I wonder if they might have tried them and found them to be visually distracting at the level of detail of the modern set. LCARS and the TOS movies also have quite a restricted colour palette for the controls, as do the Discovery and La Sirena. The original TOS design was far simpler and had a lot of static images iirc.

The colorized TOS set looked great in Discovery and in all those photos (better than it appears in SNW ironically despite the story being way better in SNW). I think someone actually went out of their way to sabotage how great the color looked vs. the mostly a chair in front of a bland door that are the Discovery/La Sirena “new” sets. That or they planned to switch to “red alert” and then accidentally wrecked it where it is always monochrome?
Whoever made that call should stick to Discovery/Picard/Lower Decks/Prodigy sets and stay away from SNW.

There may have been a desire to align a bit more with the much less colourful bridge of the earlier 1701 as shown in The Cage.

The Cage still had the multi-colored lights on all the displays. Hopefully as the show progresses they will bring back the colors.

How exciting…genuinely. It’s not a finale or a special episode or a movie. Just a good ol’ episode 2 and, well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had this feeling really. Not to go too hard on the other shows, but, ya know, personally, they haven’t won me over. Whereas I completely lost myself in episode 1 of SNW, in a way haven’t done with television for the longest time. If episode 2 can replicate that feeling, it will be a very good thing indeed. I mean, seeing Pike cooking in the backdrop in that Hemmer clip already just feels so wholesome.

I agree! No mystery box, No the universe is at stake, just a good ol fashion episodic story.

This sounds vaguely like the only idea I ever had for a DS9 show. I postulated that a tiny percentage of Bajorans would have gone rogue from their traditional values and embraced Starfleet and science over spiritualism, then been subsequently exiled to live on a comet (maybe the one in the titles, that is what gave me the idea, along with some hard SF from Larry Niven) in a safe orbit. Don’t remember the rest, just that the science/spiritualism thing was ideal to explore in that situation.

I’m still pinching myself that we’re getting episodic blurbs like these in the year 2022. Don’t get me wrong, I love serialized shows, and I’m happy to see other modern incarnations of our beloved franchise embracing that approach. (To mixed results, yeah.) But this… wow, it’s truly refreshing.

While on a survey mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a comet is going to strike an inhabited planet. They try to re-route the comet, only to find that an ancient alien relic buried on the comet’s icy surface is somehow stopping them. As the away team try to unlock the relic’s secrets, Pike and Number One deal with a group of zealots who want to prevent the U.S.S. Enterprise from interfering.

Uh, isn’t this pretty much the plot of For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky, minus McCoy’s illness?

You’d be surprised how often this happens.

I thought this was the plot of the Paradise syndrome? 🤔

You’re correct!

It is incredibly difficult to come up with an original Star Trek story. I think they should’ve been gloves off on this stuff years ago, and just hoping their characters are good enough to put their series-specific spin on the idea. Just do your own version of something. Too, this is a reboot of TOS (whether they like it or not), so, it’s fine (at least, to me it is). Just hope it’s good.

That’s true, and to be fair, I doubt the episodes would be too similar if watched side by side.

Something I would like to see is more sequel episodes where they revisit previous planets. They wouldn’t have to think of so many new ideas and can put a new spin on old stories. How many worlds does The Enterprise actually help? Where are the characters we met now? Were their problems truly resolved? It would have been nice to see Picard revisit 10 different planets, as well as bring a new appreciation to previously overlooked episodes.

I think sequel episodes are just as tricky as redoing the same concept, but yeah, I think that’s still in the same realm of “why not? Star Trek is a tough show to write.” Even if you don’t revisit the idea or dramatize the fallout/consequences of a prior visit, you could always do something new with the same world.

One great idea I think Trek has NEVER revisited (and this is an idea that I think is what makes TNG’s third season its best overall) is the idea of proto versions of NON humans. The Mintakans in “Who Watches the Watchers?” are proto-Vulcan humanoids. They say “That is reasonable” instead of “that is logical,” etc. Might be fun to see proto Cardassians or even proto-Ferengi cultures. It gives the writers leeway to do new things with familiarish alien species while also telling a story that can highlight the differences from what we know.

But, yeah, writing Star Trek is tough. Much more difficult than people imagine or want to believe.

Ok, so where is Pike cooking at in those photos with his apron on? There’s a forest outside the window. Could the Enterprise have projection screens in the windows to make them feel they’re at home on Earth,etc?

This sounds like fun. And boy I really do miss these type of stories in live action Star Trek so it’s great to see them again. And Pike cooking for his crew is a nice throwback to when Sisko did it for his.

BTW, this ship looks and feels so luxurious and big. The picture with Spock, Uhura and La’an, is that Pike’s Ready Room? It looks like something you see on a cruise liner lol. Not in a bad way, everything just looks fancier and much, much roomier compared to the original Enterprise.

I thought Kirk had more people on his ship? In the DS9 episode “Trials and Tribble-abtions” Jadzia mentions a crew of 400+. Burnham in the season 1 finale says Pike’s Enterprise has a crew of 200+. I am guessing that a refit between Pike’s time and Kirk’s shrinks down these massive areas to fit more crew in them. Or at least makes for a convenient in-universe explanation.

Yeah Kirk had more people but we seen The Cage, it was the same size ship like in TOS. And how do you realistically refit a ship to suddenly make everything smaller? And why would you shrink vital rooms like Sickbay and Engineering if you are adding MORE people to the ship? That doesn’t make sense at all. They would make departments like that even bigger, not smaller.

I think we’re just suppose to believe this is what the original Enterprise was always suppose to be, just a much bigger and fancier looking ship. A lot of the rooms really does resemble a Disney cruise liner (I been on three of those lol). I don’t have a problem with it, but feels like a completely different ship in so many ways. The Bridge still looks like the old bridge at least, but it too is much bigger and a little fancier. But it’s not the iBrigde so I’m happy. ;)

Great points! For what’s it’s worth your right about sickbay especially but I always thought it was just McCoy’s office/patient room. That’s the only way I found to personally justify how ridiculously small that sickbay was. Then again there may have been other sickbays located throughout the ship and we only saw the primary one? It’s been a while since I have seen the TOS Enterprise schematics. So I really like it’s update. The emergency transporter also works so well. Although I am not sure how much McCoy would have like that in his sickbay, hence why it’s gone in TOS! As for engineering maybe technology evolved and made Engineering smaller? Pike’s quarters though are way more elaborate than Kirk’s. So they could at least shrink those down. Ultimately though I agree this is the version that would have been made if they could! I just think if you squint you might could go from Pike’s Enterprise to Kirk’s at least from the creators point of view!

Yeah they could’ve been other sick bays on the original Enterprise. I never seen a schematic or anything of the ship either, just whatever they showed on TV. I think it’s really smart to have an emergency transport in sickbay! An ingenious idea and kind of crazy with all of these shows from past and present this is the first time one was presented. It saves so much time in emergency situations.

But I think this is just suppose to be the same regular Enterprise, ie, if and when we get to the day Kirk takes over, it’s going to be the same ship. And I’m OK with that, it’s 2022, I get it. I’m not one of those freaks lol. But it does feel overly big and a little too glamoured up at the same time.

In fact now that you mention Pike’s quarters, I swear, I didn’t even realize that those WERE his quarters until I watched the episode again lol. The scene where Spock meets him and they have a drink, I just thought that was a bar lounge or something on the ship. It seemed like a similar set up of the bar area KU Kirk and McCoy talked to each other in Beyond. Dude, it’s ridiculously H-U-G-E! It comes off like a really hip New York high rise apartment for uber-rich people. It even has a fireplace. And I used to think the quarters on the Enterprise D were pretty luxurious.

Again it’s fine I guess, but I’m not sure why they had to go such a different way if you’re trying to convince people this ship is suppose to be the one from TOS. Pike’s quarters are bigger than recreation areas on the old ship.

I just saw an interview with Doug Drexler on YouTube talking about his work on Picard and he mentioned the SNW Enterprise and not exactly happy with it. He wasn’t overly negative but he did seem confused why the ship doesn’t look closer to the original inside or out IF the point was to be in the same universe as that one.

Pike’s quarters look bigger than the room they put Scotty in, in “Relics,” about which he said (paraphrasing), “In my time, even an admiral wouldn’t have had quarters this big.” One reviewer referred to “Pike’s bachelor pad.”

LOL exactly! It just looks and feels a little too large; especially because the Constitution Enterprise was just a much smaller ship than the Galaxy class. It’s crazy they would allot so much room for ONE person. But I’ll be curious to see what the regular crew quarters will look like. Maybe those will be closer to what we saw on TOS although Spock’s room was also pretty large when we saw it on Discovery.

I remember reading that Gene Roddenberry was very particular about Star Trek Uniforms not having wrinkles. Thats why the First Season TNG Uniforms were so uncomfortable that they gave Patrick Stewart back problems …

Anyway that’s somehow all I can think about whenever I see the uniforms in New Trek (with Discovery being an exception here)

And before anyone has to be an asshole again: I just think thats funny. It’s not a critique of the show

So, I don’t know if it has been addressed by the production team yet but…transporter Chief Kyle is obviously not supposed to be the same Kyle from TOS, right? lol That would kind of toss the whole being in the ‘prime’ timeline / universe out the window. lol I mean, they’re pushing it with a lot of the tech changes as it is. haha

Why? Are you referring the the change in actor ethnicity? Does Robert April’s actor put this in an alternate timeline for you too? We know nothing about Kyle’s ethnicity, heritage, place of origin, or much else about his background, at least based on my faulty memory and a quick review of memory alpha. Could it be another Kyle? Sure. Could it be the same guy? Also sure.

Yes, I am referring to the change in actor ethnicity. Doesn’t make sense if it’s supposed to be the same timeline. No Robert April’s actor does not put it in an alternate timeline for me, because the animated series was not live action. Things have been loosely borrowed from the animated series but I don’t expect the production team to remain beholden to a cartoon. TOS Kyle was a blonde haired white guy and If it’s supposed to be the same timeline then no it can’t be the same Kyle unless Christine unsuccessfully messed with his genome. lol

I mean, he was in 11 episodes of TOS and also Wrath of Khan…that’s more than Doctor M’Benga. Christine was only in 25. I would say Kyle was reasonably well established.

Anyway, it was just a question. I imagine he’s a different character but was just wondering if it had been mentioned by the production team.

Picard would have been like, “A comet is going to crash into that planet? Bummer. Too bad about that Prime Directive.”