Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is planning on exploring Kirk like never before.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a prequel series for the original Star Trek show that debuted in the 1960s. Its promise was to highlight and showcase the original trio of characters that were intended to star in the show’s first pilot, “The Cage”, which featured Captain Pike, Spock, and Number One, now known as Christoper Pike, Spock, and Una Chin-Riley.
That pilot was transformed into the season one, two-part episode “The Menagerie”. The creators of Strange New Worlds wanted to explore those characters and in turn the Enterprise before James Kirk and his crew took control.
That means that we get to see younger versions of Trek royalty on Strange New Worlds, and it’s why the show intends on exploring Kirk like never before. But not James, no. The crew wants to explore his brother, George Samuel Kirk.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds to highlight George Kirk more
According to co-showrunner and executive producer Henry Alonso Myers, via Star Trek.com, the goal is to showcase the brothers together, something we’ve never seen on screen, at least canonically.
"We see them together. That sort of touches on the fundamental thing of what we are trying to do when we’re using elements from the past."
Myers goes on to explain more of what you can expect from George Samuel Kirk;
"James’ brother was initially just a one-shot of him being dead with a mustache on [in The Original Series]. We never knew anything more about them except some brief things, in some of the books. We wanted to take a moment, ‘Okay, he’s got a brother. What’s their relationship? Why is their relationship like this? What’s it like to be connected to the two of them?"
Adding George, or “Sam” as he’s referred to in Strange New Worlds, to the cast and letting the Kirk brothers develop a relationship is fantastic. Fans often forget that James even has a brother, as he’s never alluded to outside of a handful of mentions that are often tossed out without much weight.
Getting them on screen together, in an episode (or more?) where it isn’t going to be erased from the timeline is something that will truly be special. Especially if they give it some serious weight.