Last weekend saw CBS confirm plans for a new Star Trek series, which would see Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romjin reprise their roles of Captain Pike, Mr. Spock, and Number One for a new show, which will be titled ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’. This new series is something that fans have been asking for since seeing how good Anson Mount was in the role of Christopher Pike during the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.
Being that we are all fans here at SciFiPulse. We thought we’d devise a list of things that we’d like to see in ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ in the hopes that the powers that be are taking notes. So here are just a few ideas that we’d like to see brought into this new series.
An Introductory Monologue
Space the final frontier. You know the rest as does every honest to god Star Trek fan. So why not reintroduce the intro monologue for Strange New Worlds and have Anson Mount say the iconic lines. We have never had introductory monologues for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, or Discovery. So why not bring it back. For me, the intro monologue, which was done by William Shatner and then Patrick Stewart for Star Trek: The Next Generation really set the mood and made the viewer excited for some adventure. So let’s have Mount say, “Space the final frontier….. Let’s get Star Trek: Strange New Worlds started in an epic way.
Let’s Learn More About The Spock and Pike Dynamic
In the original ‘Star Trek’ we had the classic triumvirate of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. For this new series, it will most likely be Pike, Spock, and Number One. So let’s have the writers dig deep into the friendship between Captain Pike and Spock. Let us learn the reason why Spock would risk his career in Starfleet to help Pike so many years after serving under him by risking a death sentence by taking Pike to Talos IV. Why would Spock risk that much for Pike?
More Dealings with Classic Trek Aliens
Given that Starfleet does not encounter Romulans until ‘Balance of Terror’ in terms of classic Trek. It could prove an issue for the writers to find a workaround and use Romulans in ‘Strange New Worlds’, but there are plenty of other races we could see get further development. How about some stories exploring the Gorn or maybe even the Tholians. Both those races kicked butt when they appeared in classic Trek and it would be wonderful to learn more about them and their respective cultures. Hell, why not have more stories with the Andorians and Tellerites while we’re at it.
Bring Back A Sense of Fun and Adventure
If there is one thing that Star Trek has lacked in recent years. It is humor. One of my biggest criticisms of Star Trek: Discovery is the intensity and edginess of it all. It has lost the fun and excitement of exploration. We haven’t had that scene of wonder where the ship’s Captain just looks to his helmsman and says, “Let’s see what’s out there’. Where has the wonder and excitement of exploration gone?
One thing we have learned in the last week is the fact that CBS is going for a more episodic style of story with this new series, which will certainly help with the exploration angle in that it will allow the characters to explore a new world or solve a new problem with each adventure. A different story each week maybe fun. But perhaps the writers should look to the opening few seasons of modern Doctor Who so that they can still have new adventures each week, which all link up to form a clever little story arc. Whatever they decide to do. I hope we get to see what’s out there.
I’d love to literally see some strange new worlds. I mean there is no reason why we can’t given the advancements in CGI and other technologies. In the books and comics, we have encountered alien races that live underwater or live in worlds that have lower gravity and so forths. So why not bring some of those concepts to this new series. I mean Star Trek Beyond pretty much showed us that the Enterprise is capable of going underwater. Let us see some exciting and fun new ideas.
How About Having Science Fiction Writers Pen Episodes
One of the big things that helped the original Star Trek was the use of actual science fiction writers of the day being involved in the writing. This allowed for classic episodes such as ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ from Harlem Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon who famously penned the season two premiere ‘Amok Time’. So why not bring in some modern-day science fiction authors to pen a few episodes. Let’s see what a modern science fiction writer can come up with for this new series or even use some of the more established ‘Star Trek’ novelists. Take a few risks.
Have Classic Trek & Enterprise Characters Turn Up
Star Trek is a huge universe and we have seen and heard about a lot of characters from within the series canon. So why not have the likes of Captain Robert April turn up on the Enterprise for a guest spot. For those not familiar with him. Robert April was the first Captain of the NCC – 1701 and also designed the Constitution Clash Starship. He was also Gener Roddenberry’s original Captain. To date, we have only seen Robert April turn up in an episode of the Star Trek: Animated Series, but he did get a mention in the last series of Discovery, which described him as one of the Fleet’s most decorated officers.
There is also some wiggle room to have a few cast members from Star Trek: Enterprise to have a guest role. T’Pol, for example, could turn up as a Vulcan Ambassador due to the longer life span that Vulcans have. We could also have a very old Jonathon Archer turn up. I mean if Dr. McCoy can inspect the Enterprise D at 137 years old. Why can’t Archer view the NCC 1701?
So there it is. Our list of things we’d like to see happen on ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’. What would you like to see?