Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the upcoming series led by Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike – the character who debuted in Star Trek’s original 1965 pilot The Cage. After Mount appeared in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, fans were incredibly excited at the prospect of a “Captain Pike show,” and a little over a year later the series was announced!
A second season has already entered production, and it seems like Strange New Worlds is going to be a fine addition to the Star Trek franchise. However, at time of writing the series seems destined to be kept away from fans outside of the United States. I had hoped to write individual episode reviews and maybe indulge in a little theory-crafting, but if the show isn’t available I’m afraid I won’t be talking about it here on the website in 2022.
Season 1 Episode Reviews:
I won’t be writing individual episode reviews for Season 1 until they become available internationally.
Season 1 Buildup:
“If it’s been a while since you last saw some of these episodes, watching them will provide some additional background and backstory heading into Strange New Worlds…”
“Strange New Worlds hit ten for ten in its first season – ten genuinely great episodes that I thoroughly enjoyed…”
“I held off writing this for a while…”
“I wanted to be spending this time talking with you about the minute details that I noticed in the trailer, or speculating about what role [spoiler] might play. But I can’t…”
“While these announcements are exciting, I can’t bring myself to fully board the hype train, not until we have more information about how and when these shows are going to be made available…”
What will the Discovery decision mean for Picard, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, and the rest of Star Trek?
“Will Trekkies around the world be able to enjoy any new Star Trek in the months ahead? Or will we see repeat after repeat of the Discovery mess?”
“Each of the new characters look genuinely exciting and interesting, and the series seems to be doing a good job at walking the line between staying true to Star Trek’s past and carving out its own niche…”
“Star Trek Day shone with passion and positivity, and that’s just what the franchise needed as it marked its fifty-fifth birthday…”
“I’ve got a few ideas for what might be coming our way when Star Trek Day kicks off…”
“In the last few weeks there have been several of these smaller news stories…”
“I thought it could be fun to look ahead to Strange New Worlds’ premiere, and this time we’re going to consider some of the factions present in the Star Trek galaxy that Pike and his crew could encounter…”
“Ever since I watched Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2, something has stuck in my mind…”
“It’s far too early to speculate, especially because we don’t even know who most of the main characters will be. But that won’t stop me!”
“By sheer coincidence this announcement came a few hours after I published my preliminary Season 1 predictions, which is kind of amusing…”
“Just as I did for Discovery Season 4 and Picard Season 2 I’m going to make a few guesses – which I’m officially terming ‘preliminary predictions’ – for Strange New Worlds Season 1…”
“These announcements were interesting, and I feel reasonably confident now that we’ll see three Star Trek shows this year instead of the two I had been expecting, so that’s fantastic!”
“The producers sometimes like to be unpredictable, and we could see any one of a hundred or more characters make some kind of return – or have no returning characters at all!”
“After I’d watched the announcement video and read the official release on Star Trek’s website, I got thinking about some of the different directions that Strange New Worlds could go in its first season…”
“Wouldn’t you know it, they’re only making the Captain Pike show that everyone’s been asking for since Season 2 of Discovery aired last year!”