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Star Trek: Discovery’s Pike, Spock and Number One officially getting their own show

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It’s official! The Star Trek franchise will boldly go where most fans have been wanting it to go for over a year now! Variety reports that CBS All Access has given a greenlight for a brand new Star Trek TV series. Titled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, this will be a spinoff from Star Trek: Discovery that will focus on Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and the adventures they had on the USS Enterprise prior to a certain Captain James T. Kirk ever showing up.

Canonically first introduced in “The Cage”, the unaired pilot of the original Star Trek series in 1966, Pike was introduced as the Captain of the Enterprise and played by Jeffrey Hunter. In this pilot, he’s accompanied by a young Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and his second in command, only referred to as Number One (Majel Barrett). When the pilot episode was rejected by NBC and a second pilot was commissioned, Hunter decided to reject the role and focus on feature films. Creator Gene Roddenberry retooled the new pilot to set it a few years after the Cage and introduce James T. Kirk as Pike’s successor in the Captain’s Chair with Spock now promoted to First Officer and no Number One in sight.

While footage from The Cage would be reused for the classic two-part episode The Menagerie, Pike would be resigned to comic book and novel appearances for the next few years. It wouldn’t be until JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek feature film reboot where he would show up on screen again played by Bruce Greenwood. But it’s the character’s second return to screen that’s the important – and far more compelling bit – here, as the second season of Discovery (which is set before the events of the original series) would introduce Mount, Peck, and Romijn in their respective roles. And within just an episode of them being on-screen, the trio became hugely popular for their renditions of these characters, with mountains of praise being justifiably heaped on Mount’s incredibly charismatic turn as Pike. The second season finale also gave the characters a perfect setup for their own show.

Calls for a spinoff show began immediately, and in January this year franchise architect Alex Kurtzmann confirmed that something was in development. That something is now Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which, of course, takes its name from that iconic captain’s speech of “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before!”.

This new show will see Akiva Goldsman penning the premiere based on a story by him, Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, with all three acting as Exec Prodducers. Julie McNamara, the Exec VP and head of programming at CBS All Access, had this to say about these fan-favourite characters finally being given their own show:

Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ last season. This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to ‘Star Trek.’

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I’ve been doing an entire Star Trek franchise watch from the very beginning recently, so it wasn’t too long ago that I watched The Cage and loved it. That version of Pike – almost a proto-Kirk, right down to the frequent romanticizing of women – is very different to how Mount portrayed him though. Mount brought a magnetic intensity to the role that made me physically angry at how Marvel had wasted him on that trainwreck Inhumans series. Romijn is also superb as the no-nonsense Number One, who hopefully gets an actual name now. Peck is the relative weak-link in the trio for me. It’s not that his Spock is bad, it just feels disconnected from the Leonard Nimoy version of Spock he’s supposed to become.

But then again, it’s not as if Discovery didn’t play fast and loose with overall continuity to begin with. Either way, I’m super stoked for this new show!

Last Updated: May 18, 2020

18 Comments

  1. The D

    May 18, 2020 at 11:17

    Why isn’t this new Star Trek series called Star Trek Enterprise oh shit wait

    Reply

    • HvR

      May 18, 2020 at 13:09

      That shit didn’t wait; it just carried on

      Reply

  2. Stoompot

    May 18, 2020 at 11:37

    Hopefully it’s not nearly as woke and boring as Picard. I cringed everytime the old maid dropped F bombs at Picard. Flying flowers? Data wasn’t even Picard’s best friend. There’s countless times Data pissed Picard off. They attack the shipyards on the surface of Mars. The shipyards are in orbit last I checked. The cast looked like they tried to fill a diversity quota. The worst was Picard. He went from being a self-assured confident captain that always consulted his crew to Mr.Magoo. Hopefully the people behind this at least get some people that now Star Trek to consult

    Reply

  3. Stoompot

    May 18, 2020 at 11:37

    Hopefully it’s not nearly as woke and boring as Picard. I cringed everytime the old maid dropped F bombs at Picard. Flying flowers? Data wasn’t even Picard’s best friend. There’s countless times Data pissed Picard off. They attack the shipyards on the surface of Mars. The shipyards are in orbit last I checked. The cast looked like they tried to fill a diversity quota. The worst was Picard. He went from being a self-assured confident captain that always consulted his crew to Mr.Magoo. Hopefully the people behind this at least get some people that now Star Trek to consult

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 18, 2020 at 11:47

      Jeez, did you find a Klingon on Grindr when you were looking for a Cardassian or is the lockdown getting to you?

      Reply

      • Lu

        May 18, 2020 at 12:00

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 18, 2020 at 12:09

        Didn’t you get the memo? Jesus is white and so is every Star Trek crew. And if I hear another swear word in Star Language Purity I might just shatter my last pearl.

        Reply

      • Stoompot

        May 20, 2020 at 09:11

        Was a Vulcan thanks.

        Reply

    • Lu

      May 18, 2020 at 12:00

      Disclaimer: I am only watching Next Generation now as I was too young top appreciate it when it was on tv and Picard got me to start watching it, so this is from a non Trekkie.
      Not to contradict you but I didn’t really see the “wokeness” people are complaining about. The cast is pretty much as diverse as Next Gen was.
      Also Picard is super old by this point with a brain tumor. It’s nice to see him as suffering the effects of time. Even with all the handwave med tech people still get old and frail.
      In the first few seasons of Next Generation Picard is kind of a dick on more than one occasion. I see his change in personality as maturity and coming to grips (or not) with the stresses of his captaincy.
      And sure Data wasn’t his best bud, but they served together for years. That has to mean something doesn’t it?

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      • Stoompot

        May 20, 2020 at 09:21

        There are tons of video and articles. Take 7of 9. She macked on all kinds men in Voyager but now she’s gay. Also Raffi had a son but now she’s gay as well. I thought being gay wasn’t a choice? Stunning and brave I tell you.
        This is but just one example

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        • Lu

          May 20, 2020 at 09:49

          Weeeeell i know of a few homosexual people who have been in heterosexual relationships, even having kids before coming out.
          Even have an example in my family where a member was married for 40 years, has 2 kids (in their late 30s now) and left her husband for another woman last December.

          So yeah it actually happens in real life. Again this show is set what 20 years after the end of TNG films? Time does things.

          I tried looking at the articles but most are just rubbish like “Muh Stah Trak”. Character development is character development doesn’t matter whether one likes it or not, whatever direction. If you don’t like it, don’t support it.

          The new Star Wars sucks. But it doesn’t detract from my childhood experiences with the original trilogy.

          I am still vehemently against inclusion for the sake of inclusion – I’ve seen a one of my gay friends being pissed about gay characters just shoehorned into shows because they needed the checkbox. But if it makes some sense sure why not? Who does it really hurt?

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          • Stoompot

            May 20, 2020 at 14:26

            If it makes sense I agree. But for the sake of checking a diversity checkbox? Nah

  4. Stoompot

    May 18, 2020 at 11:37

    Hopefully it’s not nearly as woke and boring as Picard. I cringed everytime the old maid dropped F bombs at Picard. Flying flowers? Data wasn’t even Picard’s best friend. There’s countless times Data pissed Picard off. They attack the shipyards on the surface of Mars. The shipyards are in orbit last I checked. The cast looked like they tried to fill a diversity quota. The worst was Picard. He went from being a self-assured confident captain that always consulted his crew to Mr.Magoo. Hopefully the people behind this at least get some people that now Star Trek to consult

    Reply

  5. Jac7

    May 18, 2020 at 12:00

    Fucking awesome

    Reply

  6. Pariah

    May 18, 2020 at 10:19

    This pleases me.

    Reply

  7. Original Heretic

    May 18, 2020 at 11:01

    Fully agree on that mention of Mount being wasted in..er…Inhumans.
    Seeing him as Pike was a redemption, of sorts.

    Reply

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