Star Trek: Strange New World can win fans’ trust with these three things.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is releasing on May 5, 2022, and while the first season is done being filmed fans are still unsure what to expect from the first season. The show is promising to cater to long-time Star Trek fans by going to back to an episodic format, with a focus on more planet and character-of-the-week storytelling.
This has gotten fans excited, as that was the format that fans grew up watching from the Original Series to The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. The format was ditched for Discovery and Picard, who opted for a long-form narrative.
Other shows, like Lower Decks and Prodigy, have brought back the original format to a degree and Strange New Worlds is hoping to bring it back to the live-action front. Yet, that isn’t enough for many Star Trek fans.
These are three things fans want to see Strange New Worlds accomplish.
Three things that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds needs to do to win fans over
Bring back real Klingons
The new Klingon designs suck. Most fans hate the new look. They look nothing like the Klingons that became famous worldwide and fans are hoping Strange New Worlds reverts back to a more classic look; even if it’s more along the line of the original series design.
Disconnect from the bigger narrative
Shows like Picard and Discovery focused too much on the seasonal story arc and less on each episode. It made for episodes that can’t be viewed in a vacuum. It’s fine with a miniseries but across 50+ episodes? Fans want to be able to hop in and out of a series more than ever, they don’t want to dedicate hours upon hours to one story anymore.
Be mindful and respectful of past works
Star Wars is succeeding in ways Star Trek isn’t because they’re respecting the series and films that came before. This was something the new trilogy did a good job not doing, which is why it was so maligned. The new shows, however, respect what came before. Star Trek has not done a great job with this, changing the designs of ships, sets, character models, aliens, and more just to be more “modern”. In their pursuit of being modern, they’re turning past fans off. If you can’t respect what came before, don’t go near it.