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Co-Creator Says Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Will Be More Episodic & Optimistic

May 19, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

The newly-announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will take a more optimistic and less serial approach to its stories, according to its co-creator. Akiva Goldsman spoke with Variety about the CBS All-Access series, saying the show will take a different done than recent Star Trek series.

“We’re going to try to harken back to some classical Trek values, to be optimistic, and to be more episodic,” Goldsman tell Variety. “Obviously, we will take advantage of the serialized nature of character and story building. But I think our plots will be more closed-ended than you’ve seen in either Discovery or Picard.

Strange New Worlds will focus on Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) as they bridge the gap between Discovery and Star Trek: The Original Series. Mount, Peck, and Romijn played the roles in Discovery season two.

“I imagine it to be closer to the original series than even DS9,” Goldsman said of the new series. “We can really tell closed-ended stories. We can find ourselves in episodes that are tonally of a piece… [For example] It’s hard to do a shore-leave episode in the middle of a long, serialized arc.”

He did note that the episodes won’t be contained in the same manner as some of the original series shows, noting, “I think one thing that we always struggled with [as fans] was that Kirk is heartbroken at the loss of Edith Keeler in ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ and has to be just fine the next week. I think what we would want to do is keep the characters having moved through and recognizing the experiences they’ve had in previous episodes, but to be able to tell contained, episodic stories.”