Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is hinting at a major new war.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds hit the ground running to start season two. Questionable choices aside, the show made sure to build around the idea that the Federation and our heroes, are about to face a threat that not often talked about. While there are other dangling plotlines still to be figured out, the talk around the closing moments of season two’s premier was one word; war.
But war with who? At this point in the Star Trek timeline, the Klingon war was long over. In fact, the premier episode was all about stopping things from starting up again between the two sides. So who is this new war with that the show is gearing up to? The Gorn.
In the closing moments of the premier, Adrmial April revealed why he didn’t punish Spock more severly for stealing a federation ship, a needless plotline on its own, and it’s because someone like Spock would be needed if the Gorn threat turns real. Right now the Gorn aren’t in Federation space but seem to be encrouching on it.
Have the Gorn and Starfleet fought a war before in Star Trek?
There is non canon war between the Gorn and Starfleet that we know of. The prior shows never addressed it and there were no conflicts with them in the films. Yet, in Star Trek Online, a non-canon video game, there was in fact a war with the Gorn.
But it’s not with the Federation, but the Klingons. And it’s no where near the time frame of Strange New Worlds. The Klingons would go to war with the Gorn in 2386, some 126 years in the future.
And considering that James Kirk’s encounter with the Gorn was considered to be the first time that anyone had ever seen the alien race, it’ll be interesting to see how the show retcons the alien race even further. Will they shoehorn an entire unknown war?
Or will they go the Discovery route, and create a conflict that never gets told to the masses once its ended? Time will tell.