This clip will take you back!
It’s no secret in Star Trek fandom that there are a lot of invested, life long fans who haven’t been happy with the direction of Trek ever since the first Kelvin Timeline film in 2009. Of course, in pretty much all fandoms that have a long enough life, just about anything new becomes sacrilege to someone. But, the series set to debut on Paramount+ next week just might find some converts. The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds opening titles were just released, and if it doesn’t bring older fans back to the fold, nothing will.
Anson Mount — who played Captain Christopher Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery and reprises the role for the new series — posted the clip to his Twitter account earlier today. Just shy of two minutes, the clip unveils the new/old Enterprise flying through space in amazing cosmic visuals. As Pike, Mount delivers the classic speech, the same as William Shatner read it in Star Trek: The Original Series (with the minor exception of “no one” rather than “no man”). You can watch the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds opening titles below.
The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds opening seems like the perfect blend of old and new in the franchise. Rather than simply showing a speeding ship zooming in and out of view against a backdrop of stars, we get a much more visually impressive collage of shots. We see the Enterprise sailing through nebulae, waiting at the border of an asteroid field, speeding dangerously close to a star, and more. While the music coupled with Mount’s speech can’t help but remind you of TOS, conceptually the sequence is a lot closer to Star Trek: Voyager‘s opening titles; of course, with the benefit of over two decades worth of improved CGI.
Though Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be their first chance at their own Trek series, for a number of the stars, it won’t be their first time in their respective roles. Mount, Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romjin (Number One) were all introduced to their parts in season 2 of Discovery. Now in their own series, the actors will give us stories set between the events of the unaired Star Trek pilot “The Cage” and TOS. Strange New Worlds will also stray away from current Trek trends by being more episodic. Most episodes will be standalones, rather than the serial storytelling of Discovery and Picard.
You can rewatch the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds opening again when the premiere episode begins streaming next Thursday, May 5. The series stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley aka Number One, Ethan Peck as Spock, Babs Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga, Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh, Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura, Jess Bush as Christine Chapel, and Melissa Navia as Erica Ortegas. The first episode will be directed by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind). The series premieres the same day as the season 2 finale of Star Trek: Picard, so you can have a mini Trek marathon if you’re in the mood.