Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard premieres this week, yet we still have some time to wait before we see the first episode of the franchise’s newest live-action series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Thankfully, Paramount+ released a sizzle reel of upcoming programming including a couple of new shots from the series including Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romjin as Number One, and Ethan Peck as the iconic Spock.
What we do see of the crew is frustratingly brief. At around the 0:15 second mark, Anson Mount turns to someone off-camera to give them a kind of “Are you serious?” look. Next we see Nunber One and Spock on the turbolift when they unintentionally say in unison a word often associated with Spock: “Fascinating.” You can see the moment in the reel below.
The moment seems to serve as a hint at some kind of potential romantic connection between the pair, which in a sense could be quite fitting. It was Majel Barrett who played Number One in Star Trek‘s unaired pilot The Cage, in which the first predecessor to Anson Mount — the late Jeffrey Hunter — played Christopher Pike. While Number One had no romance with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in The Cage, Barrett would later play Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, who regularly confesses to feelings of unrequited love for the Vulcan.
While it was long believed Star Trek: Strange New Worlds would debut sometime this year, it wasn’t until January that season 1’s premiere date was finally unveiled. Paramount+ subscribers will be able to see Anson Mount and the rest of the crew for their first full episode on Thursday, May 5. At the same time that they revealed the premiere date, Paramount showed a lot of confidence in their new series by announcing that it had already been renewed for a second season.
In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Anson Mount will reprise the role of Christopher Pike who preceded the more well-known James T. Kirk as the Enterprise’s captain. The unaired Star Trek pilot The Cage starred Jeffrey Hunter as Pike, and that story was made canon in the 1966 episode The Menagerie when footage from the pilot was used in the newer episode. Mount first assumed the role of Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, set after the events of The Cage but before Kirk takes over the Enterprise.
Along with Anson Mount, season 2 of Discovery introduced Ethan Peck as the new Spock. In the first season of Discovery we learn that Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is Spock’s adoptive sister, and by the end of season 2 we’re offered an explanation as to why Discovery marks the first time fans had ever heard of Michael Burnham. That season also gave us our first look at Rebecca Romjin as the new Number One.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds offers something that harkens back to the franchise’s roots. Anson Mount and his co-stars will appear in a more episodic series than casts of other, more serial formatted Trek shows such as Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. Thankfully, for Trek fans more enamored with the longer storylines and the serial format, Strange New World‘s premiere will mark the first time in the franchise’s history that it has three live-action series running concurrently, not to mention two animated series (Prodigy and Lower Decks). So, if you don’t like episodic Trek, it isn’t like you won’t have other options.