Since relaunching the franchise on the small screen back in 2017, CBS All Access’ new Star Trek shows have received a mixed response from fans, with many struggling to engage with the revamped version of the long-running sci-fi series which has been presented through both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.
Well, it seems that the streamer is looking to those disaffected fans with the newly-announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a Discovery spinoff featuring Anson Mount’s Captain Christopher Pike, Ethan Peck’s Spock and Rebecca Romijn’s Number One of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as executive producer Akiva Goldsman has revealed that the new show will hearken back to the “classic Trek values” established by Gene Roddenberry in The Original Series and The Next Generation.
“We’re going to try to harken back to some classical Trek values, to be optimistic, and to be more episodic,” Goldsman tells Variety. “Obviously, we will take advantage of the serialized nature of character and story building. But I think our plots will be more closed-ended than you’ve seen in either Discovery or Picard. I imagine it to be closer to the original series than even DS9. We can really tell closed-ended stories. We can find ourselves in episodes that are tonally of a piece.”
“I think one thing that we always struggled with was that Kirk is heartbroken at the loss of Edith Keeler in The City on the Edge of Forever and has to be just fine the next week,” he continued. “I think what we would want to do is keep the characters having moved through and recognizing the experiences they’ve had in previous episodes, but to be able to tell contained, episodic stories.”
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