Star Trek has a few ways to bring James Kirk into Strange New Worlds.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is bringing James Kirk into the series but the series show-runner, Henry Alonso Myers is telling fans to not expect anything. It’s science fiction after all, and maybe what you see isn’t always what you get.
Meyers told TrekCore to “expect nothing” about Kirk, and told TV Line, ” there are many ways in which a character can enter a story and exit a story.” This all very much feels like Meyers is alluding to Kirk being a different Kirk than the one we got on the original series.
Obviously, that’s true to an extent, as 91-year-old William Shatner isn’t reprising Kirk, Paul Wesley is playing the young, future captain. So yes, he’s already different technically. Yet, Wesley is nearly 40, playing a 20-something Kirk. So my theory is that Kirk is going to be introduced in the future, on the Enterprise, recounting a story about how he first met Spock.
That may have been a theory Meyers debunked but until we see it for sure, we have no idea. The character is rumored to be making his premier in the season one finale, but we have no clue if that’s true. What we do know is he’s coming, so let’s talk about that.
Three ways we could be getting James Kirk into Strange New Worlds
If the idea of a flashback isn’t really in the running, then how about time travel? We could see a Kirk from the Original Series era jumping back in time onto the Enterprise, and having to pretend to be his younger counterpart. This would explain why they went with an older actor to play the character.
Maybe this Kirk isn’t even really Kirk. Maybe he’s a clone of James T. Kirk, and has to be dealt with in a way that very much paints him as a villain for an episode?
Maybe instead of a clone, he’s an alien impersonator? Showrunner Myers said to “expect nothing”, and I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty unexpected.