Production on the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds wrapped up last July, and Paramount+ has yet to set a release date. However, it looks like that news is coming soon, along with official confirmation about another season.
Strange New Announcement… soon
Last week, Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman was one of the speakers at an MIT event on science and science fiction. During his moderated discussion he spoke about Strange New Worlds and indicated we should expect news soon regarding season 2—and season 3:
Today or tomorrow we’re announcing the airdate of the second season, which we filmed like 17 years ago… and you’ll be really surprised because we just went all over the place. And we’ve just starting filming the third season now.
This is the first sort of official acknowledgment that work has already begun on the third season, which Paramount+ hasn’t even officially announced. The talk happened five days ago on March 15, so Goldsman’s prediction regarding the announcement of the season 2 premiere date didn’t happen.
As noted in a TrekMovie analysis in early March, Paramount has yet to announce dates for any live-action or animated Star Trek shows coming after the Star Trek: Picard series finale on April 20, nor have they officially announced moving forward on production on any new seasons for the remaining four Trek shows or any new Star Trek television projects. The last big announcement with release dates and season orders came in January of 2022. The only news since that analysis was a confirmation that the fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery will be the last and its release was moved to early 2024. As of now, the only other show that has an order for episodes taking it past 2023 is Prodigy, with a second season order of 20, the first 10 of which are expected this year.
It’s possible news on what’s next for Strange New Worlds and more Star Trek TV could come soon, however, Paramount+ could be holding out for First Contact Day, which is coming on April 5.
Akiva talks SNW hybrid model
During his talk at MIT, Goldsman noted that even though the subject of the talk was about science fiction, Strange New Worlds defies such a simple label:
Strange New Worlds is doing a thing, which I think a lot of us loved about The Original Series, which is, it jumps genre. By the way, “science fiction” is kind of a misnomer because there are all kinds of science fiction. What’s fun about Strange New Worlds, like The Original Series, is we’ll do comedy, we’ll do action-adventure, we’ll do hard sci-fi, we’ll do romance. Yes they are all in this same cradle of science fiction, but they are subsets.
He also talked about how the show differs from TOS by leaning into serialized character stories:
There’s something great about standalone, there’s something great about episodic, and there’s something great today about the hybrid model where you can have episodic stories but serialized character arcs. Because poor Jim Kirk, in The Original Series, had to watch Edith Keeler die, and then be just fine next week. And that’s no fun for an actor or a writer. You want people to suffer and carry loss or gain. So we can do that now on the streaming platforms while still doing episodic stories.
You can watch his complete talk about his career and approach to storytelling as part of the full MIT stream. (His part of the program starts at 2:03:18.)
Season 2 clip
While we wait for the season 2 release date announcement (and perhaps a new trailer), here is a clip from last year.
Reminder: Season 1 arrives this week on Blu-ray/DVD
Season 1 of Strange New Worlds arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook on Tuesday, March 21. The release features over 90 minutes of special features.
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