Star Trek: Strange New Worlds might be giving fans of Star Trek: The Original Series what they’ve wanted for over fifty years.
The second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will return to Paramount+ on June 15th, and some relationships are getting deeper, one in particular that might change the dynamic aboard the USS Enterprise.
In Star Trek: The Original Series, Nurse Chapel (played by Majel Roddenberry) had serious feelings for Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and though Spock was unable to return her affection because, as a Vulcan, he’d surpressed his emotions, pretty much all fans believed he wanted to feel something for her. Now, the long overdue relationship might be coming to fruition…at least in an earlier time in the universe.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is allowing the relationship between Nurse Chapel and Spock to deepen.
Jess Bush, who portrays Nurse Chapel, spoke with SlashFilm about what’s coming up for her character and Spock (played by Ethan Peck), and while she couldn’t drop any spoilers, she did talk about how their relationship was going to change.
"“Her relationship with Spock gets a lot more complicated and deepens, as well. I think you just start to see a little bit more deeply into what Chapel provides in a relationship, whether that be platonic, familial, or romantic, both strengths and weaknesses. I really enjoyed fleshing that out in season 2.”"
Bush left her comments open to interpretation as to exactly what Chapel will bring to the relationship with Spock and if there will be anything other than friendship.
At the end of season one, Spock was still engaged to T’Pring (Gia Sandhu), but, if the series is going to adhere to canon, that relationship won’t stand the test of time. In fact, I won’t be surprised if it ends this season as Spock can’t give T’Pring what she wants. But even if that happens, whether Chapel and Spock become a couple remains to be seen. We can choose to take hope from Jess Bush’s comments or to see them as simply solidifying a friendship. Which do you prefer?