On Friday, the day before the big Star Trek Universe panel, Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount showed up on a different Comic-Con panel for Scopely’s game Star Trek: Fleet Command, which has recently added content from Strange New Worlds. During the discussion about Captain Pike joining this game, Mount talked about the character on the series, the season 1 finale, and where he thinks it is headed.
Mount looking forward to Pike’s third act
This is his first time at Comic-Con for Star Trek and Anson Mount was having a great time. He talked about how it has been a “childhood dream come true” to get to be the captain of the USS Enterprise, adding:
It’s just amazing to be able to do a job where every day you say to yourself, “I can’t believe I get to do this.” And getting to meet this amazing family that is the Star Trek fanbase is the highlight of it.
When asked what it was that interested him about Pike originally and going forward the actor said:
This is a very broad way of putting it but if Kirk represented machismo and Picard represented intellect, I want Pike to represent the heart. And I really think that decision in the second season of Discovery to make Pike aware of his future was a very smart one. Because it took what is a tragic ending and turned it into an active choice. And the repercussions and the fallout from that choice really helped put more pins into who this guy really was.
The actor then talked about how the season 1 finale was a key pivot point, opening up much more potential for the character:
In that last episode of season 1 when old Pike shows up and shows him, he never says “You don’t have a choice.” He still has a choice, but when he realizes what those choices are, there really is no choice… So, I feel like in that sense, having got past that now, the fully pledged Pike, the whole self-accepting Pike is really starting. And I hope we get to deliver the third act of Pike and find a unique way of overlapping with TOS.
He also talked about how he saw the events of the finale changing Pike’s outlook on life:
One thing I was thinking about making that finale is how many stories with people who have been given a terminal diagnosis who will tell you, ‘I have never been more alive.’ Because suddenly, all the crap you thought that mattered doesn’t. And I thought it put him in that space.
Play Strange New Worlds
The MMO strategy game Star Trek Fleet Command has added new characters and storylines from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, with more coming this month and next month. David Eckelberry from game publisher Scopely talked about how the style of Strange New Worlds is giving them new opportunities to carry on stories:
We work with our partners at Paramount to create cool characters and storylines where we interweave stories into our game. So if Christopher Pike goes down to a planet and plays with their politics a little bit… And we continue that story. So the “what happens next?” For the episodic storytelling the show is doing, we can go and tell the sequel. That is the cool, amazing promise of little screens combined into the big screen is we don’t have to separate them anymore. So one episode airs on Paramount+ and then you go and try it in the game.
Eckelberry also joked that they had to create a new physics engine for the game to accommodate Pike’s hair.
Mount revealed he has been “hooked” on games since playing “Space Invaders” as a kid, calling himself a “video game connoisseur and saying he thought it was “pretty cool” that he can now play himself.
You can check out the new Star Trek: Strange New Worlds gaming adventures by downloading Star Trek Fleet Command for free on mobile platforms and PC. For more info visit startrekfleetcommand.com.
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