Fans of Star Trek: Discovery went crazy for Ethan Peck's bearded Spock when he showed up on Season 2 of the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise, and now everyone who loved seeing the classic character in a new way is going to get to see a lot more of him and some of the other old favorites we were treated to on Discovery. CBS All Access, the new home for pretty much all things Trek, has now given a series order to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will follow Spock, Captain Pike and Number One in the years before Kirk came to the Enterprise.
Along with Ethan Peck returning to the role of Spock for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Anson Mount is on board to bring Captain Christopher Pike to life again, along with Rebecca Romijn taking on the part of Number One, as she did in Star Trek: Discovery. The series will focus on the trio as they lead the Enterprise and her crew on a trip around the galaxy to explore, you got it, new worlds. Akiva Goldsman wrote the series premiere from a story created by himself, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and here's what Kurtzman had to say about the new project:
When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it. These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories have yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the Star Trek universe.
I have to say, I love it when a plan comes together! It was just last summer that fans, in the wake getting to watch Spock, Pike and Number One on Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, were giddy with the hope that we could see these new versions of the characters again. Of course, as Discovery viewers will know, that show jumped very far ahead in the Star Trek timeline at the end of its second season, meaning that any significant appearances from them would be very unlikely.
At the time, Kurtzman, who is Discovery's co-showrunner and EP, admitted that they were looking for a way to bring Spock, Number One and Captain Pike (with Pike and Number One also being Original Series characters, but who were only briefly seen) back into the Trek fold. Seeing as how not even a full year has passed since then, it's clear that they were deeply serious about granting fans' wishes and making Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a reality.
This series now joins several new franchise shows, as, along with Discovery, there is also Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Short Treks, the upcoming animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the still in development show about Section 31 starring Discovery's Michelle Yeoh, along with a CG animated show for younger audiences, which is being made for Nickelodeon.
Goldsman, Kurtzman and Lumet will act as executive producers on Strange New Worlds, along with Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Goldsman will also keep his other day job as an executive producer on Picard, and had this to say about the new series:
This is a dream come true, literally. I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS.
Man, it's hard to believe that just a few years ago, there was no new Star Trek on TV, and it didn't seem like we'd ever get to explore the galaxy with a brightly outfitted Trek crew again. Now there are so many shows to choose from that fans can stay entertained for as long as they like.
Right now, there's no word on how many episodes we'll see from Season 1 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, or when we can expect it to debut on CBS All Access, but you can stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest!