The second season of Strange New Worlds has already been shot and the showrunner and cast are dropping more clues about what we can expect with Kirk, Spock, Pike, and maybe more.
When Kirk met Spock
The season one finale of Strange New Worlds featured the introduction of Paul Wesley as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Farragut in an alternate future. Kirk will be back in season two, but this time it’s the canon “Prime” timeline and he will be a younger lieutenant on the Farragut. So this new season will show him meeting the USS Enterprise crew for the first time, including Spock who will become his closest friend. The importance of this moment was not lost on the writers, as explained by co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers in a brief interview with TV Line, saying:
We think about it every day. In the moment, when they finally meet, we absolutely make a big moment of it and hope people will enjoy what we come up with.
In a newly released Comic-Con interview with Fandom, the actors playing both sides of this friendship talked about this beginning in season two. Spock actor Ethan Peck talked about how he too is taking the Kirk/Spock relationships seriously:
I would say a lot, but I think a lot of the work for us is done in the writing. In the [season one] finale, we kind of don’t quite connect, Kirk and Spock. That’s obviously purposeful.
And Wesley echoed that sentiment, telling Fandom:
Obviously, the finale of season one is an alternate timeline so they don’t have that relationship… as Ethan said, it was purposeful. And without giving anything away, yeah I definitely think – it’s in the early stages of it, but there is that kind of intrigue. This guy’s interesting. Maybe there’s a part of me that’s that wants to explore a friendship with him. I think there’s a little bit of that you have to telegraph a little bit.
Maybe there’s a little Kirk in Pike?
In discussing about how he developed his performance for Captain Pike, Anson Mount talked to Fandom about how he may have snuck in a bit of classic Kirk, and how that has a whole new context with Paul Wesley joining the cast. He explained:
I went back and we watched Jeffrey Hunter’s work. I grew up watching The Original Series, so obviously I’m a big [William] Shatner fan… but honestly, I was more concerned about making a new captain and wanting to differentiate him from everything else we’d had before. Although I did set myself an arbitrary goal. If you watch the first Kelvin timeline movie, in the last bridge scene Chris Pine absolutely nails the Shatner walk across the bridge into the chair and he sits perfectly. I was like, “Wow, I’m going to try to work that in.” I know I’m not playing Kirk, but I don’t care. But what’s interesting is now having Paul playing a younger version of Kirk, there is this kind of rejiggering of that character and I like to think sometimes that there’s just enough of that style, that walk, that command mode that may be Kirk took some of that from Pike.
Looking forward to Scotty
The season one finale also featured a tease of Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on board the USS Enterprise in the alternative future, Myers indicated to TV Line that this doesn’t mean we should expect the engineer to show up in season two. However, he hinted that Scotty is a character they plan on introducing in a future season, saying:
We felt like he would be on the Enterprise at that point [in the alternate future], but we didn’t want to commit to that character yet because that character is something we’re looking forward to in the future at some point on Strange New Worlds.
There is no word on when the second season of Strange New Worlds will arrive besides some time next year. Season one of Strange New Worlds is currently available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., U.K., Latin America, Australia, South Korea, and the Nordics and airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. It will also stream exclusively on Paramount+ in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria later this year. The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
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