We still have a long way to go before we get the highly anticipated Strange New Worlds series, featuring Ethan Peck (Spock), Anson Mount (Christopher Pike), and Rebecca Romijn (Una/Number One), but Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman gave us a minor update about the show during the Star Trek Universe panel at ComicCon@Home.
“The room has started,” Kurtsman said. “There are 10 stories broken, which is very exciting, and they’re just sort of at the beginning, but it was one of those shows I think everybody came in with such enthusiasm and so much love.”
It’s exciting to know they’re at that stage, but until we can get more concrete updates, I grabbed a few quotes from the Strange New Worlds actors. They joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery during the ComicCon@Home event to reflect on the epic season 2 finale.
When talking about how Discovery had an impact on the Enterprise crew and how that influence will continue as they move forward and explore the universe, Peck said this about his character, “Spock’s interaction with Michael Burnham is essential to transforming Spock from somebody who’s been born on Vulcan and is half human, that has been taught to be Vulcan, and I think Michael Burnham gives him the permission to be human and teaches him what it is to be human. So that is essential to the development of Spock. As we follow along the comp between his emotion and logic going forward into when we first see Leonard Nimoy in The Original Series, that’s a huge character point for me and will dictate a lot of behavior for Spock because of his interaction with Michael. So I think that’s most important for Spock.”
I have no doubt we’ll see Michael’s impact on Spock throughout Strange New Worlds. With her physical presence no longer in his life, I imagine there will be situations when he will say and do things that show Michael’s influence. It’s only logical (ha!), since they shared such a deep love and understanding of each other.
Pike, on the other hand, experienced a life-changing event. In the episode “Through the Valley of Shadows,” he went on a mission to retrieve a raw time crystal from the Klingons on Boreth. In the process, Pike saw his own tragic future. Not only did he have to experience it, but he also had to accept his fate. This detail will undoubtedly play a role in the upcoming series because it’s not something that can be easily ignored. We know Pike has a confident and brave facade, but what’s going on internally?
“I think there’s a reason we can only see our past because we’re a very neurotic species and we wouldn’t know how to comport ourselves,” said Mount during the panel. “And so I think, ultimately, the question comes, how do you move forward… I think he’s probably going to wrestle with how he can best utilize the rest of his life for the good of the world, the universe.”
Romijn jumped in during his response and added, “And I think a lot of it is also surrendering to the unknown, together, working as a team to surrender to the unknown.”
Mount ran with that thought and said, “And that’s probably a very important point. He’s not thinking about it as a team yet because he’s wrestling with it himself, which I hope he’s going to learn to… let other people help him wrestle with it.”
The teamwork aspect of Strange New Worlds is something I’m really looking forward to seeing. It’s not only because team-based stories are my favorite, but because Pike needs to realize he can’t do this on his own. He’s going to need his team to “help him wrestle with it,” so it’s going to be an interesting journey seeing his internal struggles and eventually sharing that burden with his crew.
Unfortunately, Romijn didn’t say anything about her character, Una, and the influence Discovery might have had on her and her journey moving forward. That said, I’m certain the series will explore more of her personality. I will say, however, I love her no-nonsense attitude, like when she told Lt. Detmer, “In English, please. I can’t blow a path through what you’re saying.” I also love her calm-under-pressure approach when she said, “Captain, plans A and B didn’t work. We’re now into the ‘Hail Mary’ part of the operation.”
Strange New Worlds is currently in development, but Star Trek: Discovery will return with all-new episodes on October 15 through CBS All Access.
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