The second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds should be wrapping production soon and we have been getting a few hints about what is in store, and now a couple of actors are dropping more hints.
Klingons and M’Benga
In his appearance on the latest episode of The Ready Room, Babs Olusomokun talked about what is in store for Dr. M’Benga in season two and he dropped this clue:
What we’ll see in the next season–that we are already shooting–is essentially exploring another side of Dr. M’Benga… a darker side of him. We can say [it’s] an exploration of his… contentious relationship with the Klingons.
Klingons have yet to appear on Strange New Worlds and while Olusomokun doesn’t come out and say that we will see them in season two, it is certainly implied. Klingons have been mentioned a few times, including by Captain Pike, who interacted with Klingon Chancellor L’Rell during season two of Star Trek: Discovery, and it was on a Klingon planet where he learned his future fate. While Pike and the USS Enterprise did not participate in the Klingon War, it’s likely members of the crew are veterans of the war, and this could be the source of the contention with Dr. M’Benga.
Klingons were introduced in Star Trek: The Original Series as recurring villains and stand-ins for Cold War adversaries. They have since become ubiquitous for the franchise and were a major part of the first season of Discovery, but they have not been seen in live-action since the second season finale. While mentioned, they haven’t shown up in the two seasons of Discovery set in the 32nd century, nor have there been any Klingons seen in the first two seasons of Picard, although Worf will be appearing in season three.
While the latest episode of Strange New Worlds appeared to wrap up M’Benga’s storyline with curing his daughter, M’Benga also hinted there could be more to that story as well. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter:
So, what we think is resolved, I wouldn’t say is resolved. It is an ongoing and living situation. He carries that. And in season two, he is carrying that. Even if it is not present on the surface, it is present within. So, I guess what I am trying to say is I can’t tell you that we wouldn’t come back to it in some fashion.
More hype for season 2
Also talking up the next season is Melissa Navia (Ortegas), who told TVFanatic:
We’re almost wrapped. We’re just going right toward the end, to the very finish. We’re filming every day… and somehow some of the most incredible scenes are yet to come. I know them from the script, but we still have to film them. It doesn’t matter. Every episode is fantastic, and I think Season 2 may be even better than Season 1 if that’s possible.
She had similar hype in her chat with Cinemablend:
Season 2 we’re gonna go to places that you just didn’t expect, couldn’t expect, but you’re gonna be really happy that we did. People are already talking about Season 3 and like my head is just trying to wrap its head around Season 2, we’re like barreling toward the end. We have some of the biggest scenes we’ve filmed yet, especially for me, to come still. So, very exciting.
Christina Chong added to the hype in a discussion with Deadline, saying:
If you enjoyed Season 1, Season 2 takes it to a whole other level. I mean, we’re getting scripts in and completely in awe of everything Henry and Akiva have created… If you loved Season 1, you’re absolutely going to go crazy over Season 2!
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