Last week, Paramount+ released the official trailer for the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Like with the teaser, this new trailer offers a mashup of the second season of the episodic series. We have pored over the trailer and pieced the big highlights together, adding context along with some educated guesses.
Flying in with Ortegas
The trailer kicks off with an action sequence of a Starfleet shuttle that’s covered in debris coming in very hot onto a blue planet.
On board are M’Benga, La’an, and a nervous captain Pike, who asks Ortegas if she knows what she is doing.
Ortegas seems to be having the time of her life saying “don’t worry I did this a hundred times during the war,” revealing a bit more of her Klingon War veteran history… and at the last minute she pulls through with a “woohoo!”
Fighting on Rigel VII
A clip released last year first revealed they are returning to Rigel VII (from “The Cage”), which we now know will be in episode 4. The landing party consists of Pike, M’Benga, and La’an, all of whom are wearing native garb to blend in with the local pre-warp Kalar. At one point we can see La’an and Pike doing some recon using an old-fashioned telescope.
Pike and M’Benga also get into a fight with some of the locals. Pike is using a phaser rifle as a club.
There is also a shot of what looks like a local leader with guards also armed with phaser rifles, including a moment with Pike deflecting a phaser shot with a serving tray.
Partying with the Klingons
As seen in the early teaser trailer, we again see Spock celebrating with Klingons and drinking blood wine.
Later in the trailer, there is a shot of the Enterprise escaping an energy wave with three Klingon D-7 battle cruisers right behind.
Crashing with the Gorn
The Gorn are back in season 2 and the trailer includes a number of shots of Spock in a spacesuit inspecting a derelict Starfleet ship, with one quick moment revealing a Gorn in a spacesuit behind him.
This spacewalk also includes Nurse Chapel and Spock. They can be seen moving away from the derelict ship as it descends into a planet’s atmosphere.
A view from inside a crashed shuttle, the derelict starship can be seen hurtling down to the surface out of the cockpit window.
The trailer also shows the Enterprise under attack from a number of Gorn ships.
Calculating the odds with Uhura
Offering up some narration for a bit of the trailer is Uhura, saying “Do you know the odds of all us being here at this time. It’s improbable, and yet here we are, together.”
She can be seen later in the trailer without any context offering a bit of a playful dance.
Getting crazy with Pelia
Drinking with Lt. Kirk
Paul Wesley is returning in season 2 as James T. Kirk and there are a couple of shots in the trailer showing him talking to Uhura. He tells her, “Our job puts us up against death, and we might not like it, but we do have to face it.”
DETAIL: In the other shot of the pair in the lounge you can see Kirk is ranked as a lieutenant. In the season 1 finale Kirk was a captain in an alternate timeline. In the teaser trailer released earlier, Kirk can be seen in modern-day Toronto with La’an with the rank of captain and a different badge.
Traveling with Kirk and La’an’s
This trailer has more of Kirk and La’an in what appears to be a time travel context. Here they are wearing 21st-century civilian clothing and witnessing an explosion on a bridge in modern-day Toronto (which could be standing in for another city).
Later in the trailer (but likely before the explosion) La’an tells Kirk “we are explorers.”
The two also share an intimate moment.
Kissing and more kissing
Kirk and La’an aren’t the only ones getting close. Spock and Chapel can be seen kissing with Spock asking “what does this mean?” and Christine replying, “I don’t know, shut up,” before kissing him.
Spock can also be seen wearing the same Vulcan outfit and having a little emotional outburst.
Captain Pike also gets in on the fun, seen kissing Captain Batel, who had a recurring role in season one starting with the pair together in the series premiere.
Getting into more action
There are lots of quick cuts throughout the trailer with little context, all showing off more action from season two, including some fancy flying by Ortegas, taking the Enterprise through an asteroid field.
Christine in a landing party jacket, desperately pounding against a window.
Possibly in the next moment, an airlock is released and Chapel and M’Benga (neither of whom is wearing a space suit) open an airlock into space above a pockmarked planet.
A shuttle flies over a battle scene.
Pike (wearing a breathing mask) falls as a room fills with gas.
Staying on mission
In voice over we hear Pike say, “I sense a tension, the feeling that something is in the air,” as we see a huge Gorn ship flying over a present-day looking planet.
Captain Batel is there and she says, “My god.”
Uhura appears to be at the scene of a shuttle crash (note the smoke).
Later, M’Benga says, “That’s the mission, it’s what we love most.”
The trailer features a number of shots of more alien worlds and locations including Una, Spock and La’an as a landing party.
Chapel, Uhura, and Ortegas in a glowing cavern.
Enterprising through new worlds
The trailer also features a few beauty shots of the USS Enterprise visiting some strange new worlds.
This trailer gave us our first look at the Star Trek: Lower Decks crossover (coming in episode 7) with Jack Quaid as Boimler and Tawny Newsome as Mariner, with Mariner telling Spock “Surprise!”
The trailer ends with Mariner and Boimler beaming out with Pike and La’an and Spock saying “live long and prosper, Mr. Boimler.”
Director Jonathan Frakes revealed that in this episode Boimler is “obsessed” with Spock so this is a big moment for him, which is why his response is a very flustered, “and uh you also live and…”
Watch it again
Season 2 will premiere Thursday, June 15 on Paramount+ in the U.S, the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The second season will also be available to stream on Paramount+ in South Korea, with premiere dates to be announced at a later date. Following the premiere, new episodes of the 10-episode season will drop weekly on Thursdays.
Season 1 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is currently available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., the U.K., Latin America, Australia, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada and on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe.
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