Anson Mount is all positives about the filming of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
You’d think that after Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was shut down due to Coivd issues, that there’d be some hesitation or concern about the atmosphere. Not for Anson Mount, the man set to play Captain Pike on the upcoming Paramount+ series. Mount feels his time on the series so far has been one of the best experiences of his career.
Mount told the Radio Times that the filming of the series has been one of the smoothest of his career, despite the Covid issues.
"COVID [protocol] makes everything take longer, but you get through it and it’s weird trying to get to know my cast only on set. ….It’s been one of the smoothest starts I think I’ve ever had in television."
That’s not all, he’s also very upbeat about the material he’s been given to work with.
"We’re really happy with the material. We’re all having a good time together."
Strange New Worlds may be able to get fans hyped.
Unlike Discovery, Lower Decks, and Prodigy; Strange New Worlds has a much bigger emphasis placed on it within the Star Trek community. The folks working on the show have been adamant about taking Trek back to its roots, more than likely as a way to curry favor with the disenfranchised fans who have been turned off by the so-called “Nu Trek”.
Mount is the lynchpin to that entire plan. Having him play Pike, the original lead character of the very first Star Trek series from the 1960s is not a coincidence. They want to tap into that nostalgia but avoid bringing back even more characters and actors from the 90s to do that. By tagging Pike, they’re attempting to build lore around a little-used and little-explored character that was left on the cutting room floor after a failed pilot.
This is the perfect idea to blend old and new Trek into one.
Let’s hope it succeeds.