Before Kirk, There Was Pike
During season two of Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Pike, Mr. Spock, and Number One of the USS Enterprise joined the Discovery crew on a series of adventures. The crews eventually split again at the end of the season, but outcry from fans has brought them back for their own CBS All Access series, titled Strange New Worlds.
If we remember our Star Trek history, Christopher Pike captained the USS Enterprise before James Kirk. He made his first on-screen appearance in 1966, in the episode “The Menagerie”; there, we learn of Pike’s fate at the hands of a telekinetic alien species. Mr. Spock we know, being arguably on par with Captain Kirk in terms of Star Trek character recognition. In Star Trek lore, Spock was Captain Pike’s Science Officer before he was Captain Kirk’s. And Number One made her first official appearance in “The Menagerie” as well, being Captain Pike’s second-in-command.
Pike was originally played by Jeffrey Hunter in “The Menagerie”; Spock by, of course, Leonard Nimoy; and Number One by Majel Barrett. In Strange New Worlds, as they were in Discovery, they’ll be portrayed by Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn, respectively.
“A Whole New Perspective”
Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for CBS All Access, Julie McNamara, stated, “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek.” What we know of this new series, according to Entertainment Weekly, points to a return of “planet-of-the-week” episodes in homage to the original series. CBS stated, “Strange New Worlds will follow the crew in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the USS Enterprise, as they explore new worlds across the galaxy.” It’ll be fun to have a good, old-fashioned, classic Star Trek-style romp through space again.
As for credentials, the pilot episode was written by Akiva Goldsman, known for writing shows including Picard and Titans, and movies such as A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend. As of yet, there is no premiere date. Other Star Trek shows on CBS All Access includes Picard and the animated series Lower Decks.