Following the last episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the series’ showrunners have been talking about that finale and what’s next for the series in season 2 and beyond, including the possibility of bringing in more legacy characters. We have curated some of the most exciting bits from various interviews and organized them by subject.
Bigger swings for season 2
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, co-creator and co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman summed up season two by saying it was going to be “bigger and better.” When asked to follow up on Anson Mount saying the show took “big swings” in season 1, Goldsman said they are swinging bigger in season 2:
I feel the job of this show is to take big swings. And by the way, season one will look like a lot of bunting compared to season two. Star Trek is, in my view, most useful when it is emotionally connecting, which includes joy, wonder and sentiment. I think big swings are how you get there — and by the way, “big swings” just means “not as expected.” A big swing can be small, it can be a small story. So, when we say big swings, I think we mean atypical.
A different Kirk for season 2
One of the big swings the show is taking is by bringing in Paul Wesley to play James T. Kirk. It was first announced that he’d be part of season 2, so his inclusion in the season 1 finale was a surprise. Co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers told Cinemablend that bringing Kirk into the show in season 1 “was one of our goals” and something he spoke to co-creator Alex Kurtzman about early on. Still, Myers told Variety he wasn’t certain Wesley would end up in the finale, so he wrote “two versions of the script, one with Kirk and one without.”
Myers also made it clear in a number of interviews that season 2 Kirk won’t be the same, telling Cinemablend
The Kirk that we’re going to meet in Season 2 is a totally different person than who we meet in the finale.
Myers got a bit more specific with Inverse, making it clear they are not returning to the alternate future seen in the finale:
[W]e’ll see more [James] Kirk in season 2, but he’s not this 2266 Kirk. We’re not jumping ahead again to 2266 like we have [in the season 1 finale].
And to Variety he said:
The Kirk that we’re going to meet in season 2 is a lieutenant who is on his way to becoming a first officer in the fleet. He is not yet the person we’ve come to know, to the same extent that Uhura and Spock and Chapel are not yet the person that we that we come to know on the original series. There’s still some growth and things that he’s going through that we want to explore.
More legacy characters… and a crossover?
In addition to Kirk, the showrunners revealed we can expect other familiar faces to show up in season 2, as Myers told Inverse:
[W]e will be meeting some new legacy characters next season.
And in an interview with Cinemablend he explained how this is built into the show:
That’s our brand, right? I think it’s safe to say that yes we will meet other legacy TOS characters on Strange New Worlds at some point in the future.
Alex Kurtzman has previously confirmed there will be some kind of crossover coming in the Star Trek Universe. Goldsman picked up on this, telling Deadline:
I will say only this: We all love the idea of crossovers. So when and if they materialize is still in the air, but we’re looking really hard and we might be able to say yes to that question really soon—at least that’s my hope.
A new engineer… but not Scotty (yet)
Another surprise in the season one finale was the (sort of) introduction of Montgomery “Scotty” Scott as the chief engineer of the USS Enterprise; this was done using only a voice actor. Speaking to Cinemablend Myers explained:
We weren’t quite ready to cast Scotty yet. So, we put that in as an Easter egg for folks.
While that “yet” could be telling, in his interview with Syfy he revealed more about who will be stepping into the shoes of the late Hemmer ( who sacrificed himself in episode 9):
We will meet a new chief engineer—it’s not going to be Scotty. There will be a new character who I’m excited for you to meet, but I’m not going to tell you who it is. It’s going to be a very different person, a completely different type of engineer.
As for the late Hemmer, Myers confirmed previous reports that actor Bruce Horak will be back, telling Screen Rant:
All I will say is that Hemmer may be dead but this is not the last we will see of Bruce on our show. I will say that in the classic Star Trek tradition.
Season 3 and evolving into TOS?
The second season recently wrapped up production, and Myers told Cinemablend they are already thinking about what comes next:
We don’t have a pickup [for season 3]. We are planning for it. The nature of these shows is you just have to plan way, way, way, ahead… In order to get the scripts done and to build our sets and AR assets that live up to achieve here on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, it just requires a lot of lead time. We are in early discussions about it. It’s definitely the next thing in line… these are conversations we’re having.
With the introduction of Kirk, the hint of Scotty, and more legacy characters on the way, the idea that the series will evolve into a recreation of Star Trek: The Original Series came up in a number of interviews. Myers made it clear for the short term, the focus remains on Captain Pike and his adventures (via Variety):
Look, I would love nothing more than to then to go all the way forward to the future, and eventually do that with them. But there’s a lot of stories before that. I’ll tell you what Kirk isn’t: He isn’t the replacement captain. This is the Pike show. This is the Spock show. This is the Number One show. We have a lot of stories yet to tell with them. That said, who knows what the future holds. We would be so lucky to have that Enterprise.
Myers reiterated to Inverse there is lots to work with in the time before TOS:
We have seven years to play with here. And you know, there’s no reason that every season has to be a year. You could do a season that’s a week. You could do a season that’s six months.
But Goldsman made it clear to THR the idea of eventually running into the TOS time frame was something he could get behind:
Let that be the biggest problem we have, should it go that long, to figure out how that works. But nothing would make me happier than to continue through the TOS timelines and beyond.
New season 2 set
Paramount+ has released a video feature of Production Designer Jonathan Lee and Wil Wheaton touring a new galley set which will be seen in season 2.