Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is copying the Original Series.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is doing all that it can encapsulate the essence of the original Star Trek series; aka the Original Series. Strange New Worlds has served as the prequel to the first-ever show in franchise history and has brought in classic characters like Spock, Christopher Pike, Nyota Uhura, Christine Chapel, and Joseph M’Benga.
They’ve picked up past villains, like the Gorn, and really did some amazing work giving them far more depth. Not only that but we got to see an alternate-future, James T. Kirk. An arrival that many felt was a bit premature but ended up being a solid choice.
But Strange New Worlds isn’t just trying to embrace classic characters and storylines, but they’re also stealing the entire original concept of The Orignal Series.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is deliberately copying the Original Series.
While at MIT, Star Trek: Strange New World’s co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman spoke about the one core feature the show stole from the original series, saying;
"Strange New Worlds is doing a thing, which I think a lot of us loved about The Original Series, which is, it jumps genre. By the way, “science fiction” is kind of a misnomer because there are all kinds of science fiction. What’s fun about Strange New Worlds, like The Original Series, is we’ll do comedy, we’ll do action-adventure, we’ll do hard sci-fi, we’ll do romance. Yes they are all in this same cradle of science fiction, but they are subsets."
Copying the original series’ gimmick is not only a smart move for Strange New Worlds, but it should be mandatory for every franchise going forward. Too often the newer era of shows will try to be something it’s not. They’ll try and be grim, dark, and brooding. They’ll wash away the idea of heroism and nobility and instead give fans various shades of grey.
They’ll also try and tell stories that are too intervowen, making the experience a 10-hour movie. As opposed to doing individual stories that you can hope in and out of.
So not only is Strange New Worlds stealing concepts from the original series that it serves as a prequel to, they’re making it ok to do so. We want more of what the original series gave us.