Over the weekend Star Trek: Strange New Words was honored by the Hollywood Critics Association with a special award and executive producer Henry Alonso Myers was there to accept, where he discussed how the show honors the legacy of Star Trek. The Star Trek Universe was also nominated for a couple of HCA Awards, but didn’t pick up any wins for the night.
Myers honors Star Trek legacy
The HCA Legacy award was bestowed on Strange New Worlds for being able to take on “a beloved property… without relying on nostalgia,” the series was singled out for being a “respectful tribute to the past while modernizing it in a fun and meaningful way, delighting original fans and a newer generation of devotees.” Co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers was there to accept on behalf of the production and after acknowledging the stars and members of the creative team, Myers spoke about the show’s connection to Trek history, saying:
This award belongs to all of them, but it also belongs to Gene Roddenberry because it’s his legacy that this award is really all about, as well as the legacy of the many talented people who worked with him, like Nichelle Nichols, who we lost just a couple of weeks ago. In the first pitch document that we sent to the network… we opened with a question asking, “What if we just did Star Trek?” And they said, “Okay.” Every day in the writers’ room, we try to imagine how would Gene Roddenberry and his team make The Original Series if they were doing it today? They would use state-of-the-art visual effects. They would ask questions that deal with the politics of today. They would approach character thoughtfully like we expect from the best dramas. But most importantly, they would tell stories about the future that give us hope that there will be a future like this to look forward to.”
Strange New Worlds was also nominated for Best Streaming Drama but lost out to Severance. And Star Trek: Lower Decks was nominated for Best Streaming Animated Series but lost out to Arcane. A full list of HCA Awards of winners can be found at Deadline.
Watch Henry’s speech
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