Following the announcement of the new “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” series earlier today, more details about the show have emerged via co-creator and executive producer Akiva Goldsman.
If there has been one common criticism of the two recent “Star Trek” shows it has been that both ‘Discovery’ and ‘Picard’ have been too dark for their own good, losing the sense of optimism, wonder and positivity that often defined the franchise in favor of painting a future with a rather skeptical and almost grim view of space and humanity’s role in it. There’s also been complaints about the heavy serialisation of both shows.
That won’t be the case with the new series which is set on the Enterprise in the years prior to James T. Kirk coming aboard as captain. Goldsman tells Variety the new show will more closely follow the original 1960s Trek in structure and tone more:
“We’re going to try to harken back to some classical ‘Trek’ values, to be optimistic, and to be more episodic. Obviously, we will take advantage of the serialized nature of character and story building. But I think our plots will be more closed-ended than you’ve seen in either ‘Discovery’ or ‘Picard’. “I imagine it to be closer to the original series than even ‘DS9’. We can really tell closed-ended stories. We can find ourselves in episodes that are tonally of a piece.
I think one thing that we always struggled with [as fans] was that Kirk is heartbroken at the loss of Edith Keeler in ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ and has to be just fine the next week. I think what we would want to do is keep the characters having moved through and recognizing the experiences they’ve had in previous episodes, but to be able to tell contained, episodic stories.”
The original “Star Trek” offered completely self contained episodes, “The Next Generation” was mostly episodic through past events and the occasional storyline would crop up across a handful of episodes. “Deep Space Nine” brought serialisation to the franchise with a multi-season long arc of the Dominion War, but the franchise would often take a break for standalone episodes in there that dwindled towards the end. “Voyager” went back to “The Next Generation” model and “Enterprise” employed a mix of approaches across seasons.
Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck will reprise their performances as Capt. Pike, Number One and Mister Spock respectively. Peck has been a regular at Trek conventions and has been stoking fan support and tells the trade:
“Last year, I basically told myself I was gonna do as many conventions as possible to connect to the fan base and campaign for a spinoff show for Anson and Rebecca and I. We all got along so well, and we all loved the content so much and the message of ‘Star Trek.’
I believe so much in what we’re doing. I don’t think that there’s ever been a better time for ‘Star Trek,’ because of its ideology. It’s all about coming together and using the ways that we’re different from one another for the advantage of people as a whole.”
The trio are expected to have a big celebratory Zoom get together this weekend. No word as yet when production might begin on the new series as yet.