One of the promised elements of the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a lighter tone and a mix of styles for each standalone episode. Now the co-showrunner is talking about an upcoming episode that leans into comedy. We also have the new Robert April talking diversity and more SNW updates. [Warning: spoilers]
Spock and T’Pring’s rom-com
The fifth episode of Strange New Worlds titled “Spock Amok” features a body-swap storyline, with Spock and T’Pring doing the swapping. Of the first five episodes provided to media outlets, this one is by far the most comedic. Speaking to IGN about the episode, executive producer and co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers promises a different take on the premise, saying “the experience of doing it with Ethan Peck’s Spock and Gia Sandhu’s T’Pring are what makes it unique and interesting,” calling it “a romantic comedy kind of episode.”
Citing prior examples like the TOS episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and DS9’s “Little Green Men,” the showrunner made it clear he wants Strange New Worlds to have some fun too:
The hill I decided to die on was to say, ‘Trek can be funny…” It’s not a crazy stretch to say that Trek can be funny. It is canonically funny many times. It can handle that tone. We have an incredibly talented cast who are also very funny. So it was really important to me that we do an episode that tried for funny. But it’s an hour long and there’s always a moment where funny doesn’t sustain it, and you need it to be about something. So I would call it like a dramedy. We have that tone in it. And I think it feels like Star Trek to me. I loved writing that, and I will tell you, there is no funnier human being than Anson Mount. He’s got really good comic timing.
LeVar Burton welcomes new April
One of the hot topics ahead of the debut of the series was the news that Adrian Holmes was taking on the role of Robert April in the new series. The actor spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his experience, saying it was “cool to discover” the history of April going back to Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek pitch and eventual debut on Star Trek: The Animated Series, adding he was “learning a lot.” He also revealed how he got a special welcome to the franchise:
A friend of mine is friends with LeVar Burton, and LeVar was so kind. He sent me a video welcoming me to the franchise, and I was just so moved by his generosity. He basically said, “Welcome. We are family, and we’re just proud to have you.” He said that when Gene set out to make Star Trek, he knew that as human beings, we could get our shit together. And if we were to become a space-faring civilization, we had to solve the problems that lie in here now. That is the core of Star Trek‘s ethos. It’s about us all working together to build a better future.
What I love is the diversity and inclusivity of the franchise. It’s very progressive and forward-thinking, which goes to support the building of a better future. Representation matters.
So far April has only appeared in the pilot. Holmes told THR he does return and the character is still alive, but “I don’t know where my journey is taking me” on Star Trek.
Celia Rose Gooding and Henry Alonso Myers on The Ready Room
The new episode of the official after show includes an interview with the new Uhura, Celia Rose Gooding, along with Henry Alonso Myers. The show also includes a look behind the scenes at the puppetry to create the Shepherds in “Children of the Comet” as well as the costumes, along with a clip from next week’s episode.
Feelin’ tall on SNW
Celia shared a fun image on Twitter from the production of “Children of the Comet,” joking about how the show has her feeling taller than she may appear in comparison to guys on the crew. And this height talk got a response from Star Trek: Voyager and Prodigy star Kate Mulgrew, who bonded over how not everyone can be as tall as the likes of Gooding’s co-star Ethan Peck or TNG vet Jonathan Frakes.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) May 12, 2022
Co-star Melissa Navia also got in on the action…
pint sized powerhouses 🏼🏾
— celia r. gooding (@celiargooding) May 12, 2022
Dan Jeannette(Sam Kirk) also shared a fun image from behind the scenes from this week’s episode.
The away team.
La’an: Poised and ready for action.
Uhura: Excited for her first away mission.
Sam Kirk: Ignoring basic laws of physics and biology and refusing to wear his space helmet.
Spock: Still trying to figure out how to use that damn tricorder.#a… https://t.co/3F4hZpabz7 pic.twitter.com/Ss7rL27i0y
— Dan Jeannotte (@dan_jeannotte) May 13, 2022
Ask Celia live on Saturday
Gooding will be on Instagram Live on Saturday answering questions.
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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 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.