In 2022, a fan campaign to bring back Anson Mount as Captain Pike finally paid off – and it did so in style! Strange New Worlds is the series that I consider to be the high-water mark of modern Star Trek, with an absolutely phenomenal first season that harkened back to the franchise’s episodic roots while retaining the production values of the likes of Discovery and Picard.
However, it wasn’t all good news. Strange New Worlds has been massively, catastrophically, and perhaps even fatally harmed by some appalling decision-making at Paramount, leading to the show being cut off from many of the fans who campaigned to make it happen in the first place. Trekkies in much of the world still have no “official” way to access Strange New Worlds, and that’s incredibly disappointing.
A second season has already wrapped and is currently in post-production. If I have time, I’d like to write up reviews of individual Season 1 episodes before it airs.
Season 1 Episode Reviews:
I chose not to write individual episode reviews in 2022 as the series was not “officially” available here in the UK.
Season 1 Buildup:
Ten Star Trek episodes to watch before Strange New Worlds Season 1
“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: Season 1 Spoiler-free thoughts
“Strange New Worlds hit ten for ten in its first season – ten genuinely great episodes that I thoroughly enjoyed…”
Paramount wants YOU to pirate Strange New Worlds
“I held off writing this for a while…”
Strange New Worlds: I just can’t get excited…
“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…”
A whole host of Star Trek updates and renewals… but trust in ViacomCBS is still hard to come by
“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?”
Strange New Worlds: Thoughts on Captain Pike’s crew
“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 roundup!
“Star Trek Day shone with passion and positivity, and that’s just what the franchise needed as it marked its fifty-fifth birthday…”
Star Trek Day 2021 predictions
“I’ve got a few ideas for what might be coming our way when Star Trek Day kicks off…”
Star Trek news roundup!
“In the last few weeks there have been several of these smaller news stories…”
Factions of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
“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…”
Star Trek: Discovery + Star Trek: Strange New Worlds crossover theory – the big mistake
“Ever since I watched Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2, something has stuck in my mind…”
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 theory – Saving Captain Lorca
“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!”
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – Five new cast members join the series!
“By sheer coincidence this announcement came a few hours after I published my preliminary Season 1 predictions, which is kind of amusing…”
Preliminary Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 predictions
“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…”
Some Star Trek updates for 2021-22
“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!”
Some characters it could be fun to see in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
“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!”
A few ideas for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
“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…”
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been officially announced!
“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!”