By the time the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds wrapped up in July on Paramount+, filming for the second season had already been concluded. Now the star of the show is talking about how the season 1 finale flows into the themes of season 2.
Is there such a thing as a monster?
As part of his promotion of the launch of Paramount+ in Germany last week, Anson Mount talked to German Trek site TrekZone.DE. The actor was asked about the season finale, “A Quality of Mercy,” which showed Pike an alternate future based on some key choices he made during his face-off with the Romulans, notably how his diplomatic approach proved to be the wrong choice. In the following exchange, the actor discusses how this and other elements of season 1 will inform season 2:
TrekZone: Earlier Star Treks portrayed violence as a problem and empathy and diplomacy as the solution to that problem… I feel Strange New Worlds has a more hawkish, sometimes even more militaristic approach to conflict. We see that in the Gorn arc and—in part—this seems to be the message of the season finale. How does that fit with the optimistic vision of the future that this series is advertised as?
Anson Mount: Well, you’ll have to see where we take that. Because some of those themes go on in the second season and really asking those exact questions that you were just asking. Is it possible that intelligence can be so completely ripped apart from any sense of communication or idealism? That, is there such a thing as a monster? Is that really possible? So yeah, we go down that exact road.
Mount’s comment about a “monster” could be telling, as co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers indicated in his recent TrekMovie interview that the show isn’t done with the Gorn, saying season 2 will “try to carry through on the promises we made in season 1.” Regarding the Gorn, when playing a game “This or that?” and given a choice “Klingons or Gorn?” Mount said:
Anson Mount: It depends on what you want, if you want a good round of drinking blood wine, it would be the Klingons and if you want a really good nemesis, I would go with the Gorn… I’ll go with Klingons just because there’s some hope of establishing common ground.
Mount wants to do a Western (or a classic Mystery)
Before he went to Germany, Anson Mount appeared with some of his Strange New Worlds co-stars at the Wales Comic-Con, who didn’t have much to say about season 2 except to say it was going to be bigger and better than season 1. However, when given the choice to pick any kind of story or genre they would like to take on in a future season, Mount had a couple of ideas (via geektown.co.uk):
Anson Mount: Western! I want to do a Western… I was also thinking that I’d love to do an Agatha Christie whodunit with Spock as the logical detective and Pike is the sort of like ‘out of left field’ detective, or vice-versa.
Of course, Anson Mount’s biggest TV role before Strange New Worlds was in the Western series Hell on Wheels, with co-star Colm Meaney of Deep Space Nine. If they ever do a Western on Strange New Worlds, it would be the perfect time for a reunion with Meaney.
Strange New Worlds returns in 2023
We don’t have a release date for the second season but it will likely debut on Paramount+ after the third season of Picard wraps up in late April. So May 2023, around a year after the debut of season 1, seems like a good bet. Season 2 will introduce Academy Award nominee Carol Kane as the new chief engineer. Paramount hasn’t released a trailer yet, but on Star Trek day they did release a clip from an Ortegas-focused episode.
[International viewers can watch the clip on StarTrek.com]
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