With CBS All Access going all in on Star Trek, how long will they make us wait for an Adventures of Captain Pike streaming series?
For a character fans know little to nothing about, Captain Christopher Pike has regardless become one of the most iconic characters in the history of Star Trek.
The original captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Pike has technically only appeared or been mentioned in a handful of episodes, one being the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage” and another being the two-part episode that reused the footage from that failed pilot “The Menagerie.” Then in 2009, Pike was central to the plot of JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot, and it further fleshed out the character, albeit an alternate universe version.
Now the Prime Timeline version of Pike is getting a chance to be in the spotlight in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2. Played by Anson Mount, Pike takes over command of the Discovery to deal with the Red Angel and the threat it may pose to the Federation and the galaxy at large.
And if the early reactions from the premiere episode are any indication, Mount’s Pike is a huge hit with viewers.
Captain Pike was always intended to be a more cerebral version of Kirk and Mount plays that aspect to perfection. However, he also bring a hefty does of confidence and, dare we say it, sex appeal to the role as well. All it takes is a quick internet search and you’ll find GIFs and memes of Pike saying “Hit it.” as the Discovery heads out pretty much everywhere.
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One of the biggest complaints about Discovery from hardcore fans is that it doesn’t feel like Star Trek. No one really seems sure what that means but a series starring the Enterprise and her original captain might go a long way to mending some fences with those fans.
Plus, it would be a real shame to see Mount’s version of Pike just disappear when the second season of Discovery ends. He is an incredibly talented actor (The Inumans notwithstanding) and he seems born to play this role. Add in Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One and you could have the kind of Star Trek series that may finally convince the holdouts that a streaming Star Trek television show isn’t the work of Satan.
Kutrzman has said it’s important to him to have all kinds of Star Trek shows of differing styles and perspectives, which is well and good. But sometimes, keeping it traditional and giving fans exactly what they want can work too.
Star Trek: Captain Pike would be about as Star Trek as Star Trek could get. And that wouldn’t be a bad thing.