Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount is promising big swings.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds may be the best show the franchise has produced in 30 years, and at the very least, it’s the best show of the Nu Trek Era. And it’s not even close. Even if you think it’s too polished looking, the acting, writing, and stories are amazing. So yes, it doesn’t bring over the aesthetic the franchise was known for, it feels like Star Trek, even if it doesn’t look like it.
Part of the reason that the franchise has been so successful is Anson Mount’s turn as Captain Pike. His addition to the franchise has been such a breath of fresh air and while Mount’s Pike made his debut in Discovery, its Strange New Worlds that has shown the world just how exciting and charismatic this captain is.
To say this show has gone where no other Nu Trek show has gone is an understatement and Mount himself is promising far more to come. Mount spoke to Collider and revealed what’s to come for Strange New Worlds;
"Akiva [Goldsman] and Henry [Alonso Myers], our two showrunners, are so courageous. I really am not a conservative storyteller, at all. I am all for saying, “F— tradition, let’s do it our own way.” But I’ve even found myself going, “Really? Can we really do this?” Their mantra is that Star Trek can be a lot of things. Star Trek isn’t Star Trek because there’s no such thing. Star Trek can be a lot of things because Star Trek, as the best TV does, operates as a metaphorical platform, and when you jump into that wholly, you can really find a lot more elbow room than you think, including playing with not just story, but genre. If you thought we took some big swings in Season 1, and we did in a lot of different ways, we’re going for the rafters in Season 2."
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds should not get too far away from what made it successful
Fans really don’t like it when you change up things that work. Fans really don’t like it when creators don’t get Trek. It turns out that Trek is in fact Trek and Strange New Worlds succeeded because it remembered that.
This idea that the show is going to push the envelope, instead of focusing on storylines, is concerning. The franchise has turned off a lot of fans with Discovery and Picard, and they can’t allow Strange New Worlds to fall into the same trap that the other series have. It’s one thing to push the envelope and challenge viewers, it’s another to forget what brought you to the dance.