Alex Kurtzman confirms a return to the weekly episodic format with a contemporary twist!
For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with Star Trek. My introduction to the adventures of the starship Enterprise came from watching The Original Series at dinner time with my mother and brother. Together we ate our evening meal and ventured beyond the final frontier with Captain James T. Kirk and his intrepid crew as they encountered new lifeforms and new civilizations every week.
Although I have enjoyed exploring new ground with both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, I cannot help but yearn for a return to the classic format I first fell in love with all those years ago – and now my prayers have been answered. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the hotly-anticipated new series following the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the starship Enterprise is officially reverting to the classic format.
While speaking with Deadline, franchise producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will return to the style of The Original Series, although there will be a contemporary twist featuring larger plot arcs, double-episodes, and emotional serialization. Kurtzman said:
“I think Strange New Worlds, under the guidance of Henry Myers and Akiva Goldsman, it’s going to be a return in a way to TOS. We are going to do stand-alone episodes. There will be emotional serialization. There will be two-parters. There will be larger plot arcs. But it really is back to the model of alien-of-the-week, planet-of-the-week, challenge-on-the-ship-of-the-week. With these characters pre-Kirk’s Enterprise. I think what people responded so much to in all three characters is this kind of relentless optimism that they have. And that they are at the young phase of their careers.”
This is awesome news. Christopher Pike‘s introduction during Discovery‘s second season was the highlight of the show and with Spock, Number One, and the Enterprise all thrown into the mix, the series truly went from strength to strength and reinvigorated the franchise in ways I never knew it needed. Although Pike was shown a vision of his fate during the climax of the season, Kurtzman says that the Captain of the Enterprise will maintain his steely enthusiasm in Strange New Worlds. Kurtzman added:
“The idea is, how does a character who knows how he is going to die live optimistically from that point on and lead a ship?. It’s a great question. I have never seen a show where a character knew that already. You have to have an inherent optimism in your world view in order to say, ‘I am going to get up every morning knowing how it is going to end for me.’ And still lead everybody to be the best versions of themselves.”
Okay, I CANNOT wait for this show – and although the big-screen adventures of the Enterprise are very uncertain at the moment – there’s a ton of Star Trek awesomeness heading our way on the small screen. In addition to Strange New Worlds, we’ve got a new season of Star Trek Discovery to look forward to, another season of Star Trek: Picard, the animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks (UK air date pending), the Star Trek: Prodigy Nickelodeon series, plus the new Section 31 series featuring Michelle Yeoh.
It’s an awesome time to be a Star Trek fan, and personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled. After a period of adjustment with season one, I thoroughly enjoyed Discovery season two – and that was largely down to the inclusion of Pike, Spock, and the Enterprise. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is exactly the series we need right now – a modern series that pays tribute to and reinvigorates the episodic format of The Original Series for Trek fans old and new. And that sounds pretty damn cool to me.
My inner teenager just grabbed his Star Trek Micro Machines vessels and jumped to warp speed in delight!
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