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Meet The Cast Of ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’

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| September 8, 2021 | By: Matt Wright 285 comments so far

A new promotional video was just shared with the Star Trek Day audience. In it we are re-introduced to Anson Mount(Pike), Ethan Peck (Spock), and Rebecca Romijn (Number One), who we saw in Discovery season 2 and Short Treks , and then the new cast members are introduced.

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Most of the new cast members were announced in March but not their characters—now we know who they’re playing, and there are some familiar character names among them:

●  Jess Bush is Nurse Christine Chapel ●  Christina Chong is La’an Noonien-Singh ●  Celia Rose Gooding is Cadet Nyota Uhura ●  Melissa Navia is Lt. Erica Ortegas ●  Babs Olusanmokun is Dr. M’Benga ●   Bruce Horak is Hemmer

In this new video, we can see that Number One’s full name is Una Chin-Riley, which had been used in some novels, and is now canon.

Other things of interest: the last name Noonien-Singh, a rather infamous name because of Khan, but we weren’t given any more context there. And Hemmer appears to be an Aenar , a subspecies of Andorian. Aenar are usually blind and rarely leave their isolated region of Andoria. Actor Bruce Horack is an eye cancer survivor who is blind in one eye and has severely limited sight in the other.

New sets and uniforms

As we had heard before, the sets and uniforms were not going to be identical to the ones seen in Discovery season 2, since new sets were built in CBS’ new studio space in the Toronto area (Mississauga).  We get our first look at the transporter room behind the actors and a look at the new (more comfortable-looking) take on early TOS uniforms.

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Anson Mount as Captain Pike in his new uniform

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Ethan Peck as Lt. Spock in new uniform, and a haircut more like Spock in “The Cage”

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For reference here’s Spock in “The Cage”

Transporter room

We see the transporter room from a few different angles. The new set seems to have a blend of influences from TOS, Discovery , and the Kelvin movies.

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Ethan Peck on the transporter room set

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Melissa Navia on the transporter room set

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Another character named Noonien-Singh? Are they still trying to find Roddenberry’s lost friend named that?

Descendent.

I know long time not comment… I still lurk, but this brought me out!! I am soooo excited about this show.

Small universe, heh?

This is a bit of my issue with stuff like this. As much as I love classic Trek, why are they so beholden to it? Haven’t we seen that starfleet is a huge organization? Isn’t civilization spread out throughout the galaxy at this point?

Ditto, I hope they don’t turn Trek into Star Wars, where literally everything revolved around the Skywalker family.

Skywalker/Palpatine family. The prequels hinted at Anakin being the son of Palpatine. And Disney made Rey Emperor Palpatines daughter and granddaughter. Its really messed up.

Yeah. Not thrilled about that at all. Wonder what the connection is.

Another point no one else has made. Though I’m glad to see better East-Asian representation (obvious reference to a recent movie), it seems as though Indians (also Asians???) are getting a raw deal yet again.

Three ‘Noonien Singhs’ so far (I think). One played by a Mexican Actor (the best incarnation). One by a White-British Actor. And now an East-Asian Actress. I get that with descendants they can be of any ethnicity. It just seems as though the ‘Noonien Singhs’ are going the way of ‘Captain Nemo’. A little uncomfortable to watch given all the rightful emphasis on representation these days.

Anyway, looking forward to this show, but to steal a Doctor Bashir phrase:

”I hate the uniforms. I do”.

These are a slight upgrade over the DSC unis, but surprisingly, the Kelvin uniforms still look better. Of all the things you didn’t need a huge visual retcon from the original series (and i’m a big advocate of updating the visuals), it’s the uniforms. Give them a bit of texture for HD cameras, maybe a stiffer fabric, and you’re golden. I might have retconned them to be tuck-in shirts with a belt like TNG, but otherwise, no need for unecessary detail.

I like the Discovery version of the colourful uniforms better.

agreed. I am not a fan of the Kelvin movies and I HATE the JJ-Prise, but they did a fantastic job with the uniforms. They look exactly like what the TOS uniforms might have looked like had it been shot in 4K.

I loved Ryan Church’s design, i only wish that had been translated to film. For some reason the changes they made when translated to a 3 dimensional cgi model ruined the concept. Not sure who wanted those changes JJ, or if ILM did them.

I had less of a problem with the design itself as I did with how radically different it was from the TOS Enterprise. I mean just because something is old doesn’t mean you throw it away. But the bridge? That I seriously couldn’t stand.

The Star Trek Beyond uniforms were excellent; like so much else, the ST09 uniforms were off, resembling baseball jerseys.

I did like the Beyond uniforms, but the collar was a little funky (but I did like it). My ideal would be the TNG uniforms, withou tthe black top or sleeves: a single color top, and a black color. I like the shape of it, and that it’s tucked into a belt.

The thing that bothered me about the original uniforms (and this followed through to the JJ movie) was that the top is just shapeless– it hangs like a t-shirt, and with the vibrant colors it makes them look like they’re wearing pajamas. Fitted tops, tight like TNG S1 or otherwise, don’t work.

Which is another strike on DSC: you’d think after season 1 of TNG, they’d have learned that those extremely tight fitting tops don’t look good.

Oh God…. I missed that. Had to go back and look at the clip to be sure. Good grief…. For the love of God WHY???????

I’m flabbergasted as well, ML. My level of interest has plummeted. Everything leads back to Khan, he is the Darth Vader of Trek.

So, has Mr. Mount been working on his monologuing skills? He’s gonna need them for log entries, and of course, the intro.

I’m sure he has been.

Anson does a really good podcast called The Well, so I think his voiceover skills are at the top of their game.

it truly is an excellent podcast.

Loving the uniforms. Surprised about the younger versions of Uhura and Chapel.

Thank Kahless they did away with those weird Discovery collars. Just never needed to be there. And I also have a feeling now all the Discovery uniforms will have just suddenly disappeared completely for these uniforms, but I’m ready to be proven wrong (but REALLY hope I’m not ;)).

Yep and even Discovery crew themselves no longer wear them in the 32nd century.

Those uniforms never seemed practical and so many of those wearing them seemed very uncomfortable to the point that their movements looked awkward.

I’ve got cosplay with the blue DSC uniforms. It’s actually one of the most comfortable ones I have. Well, except for my Saru cosplay, the boots are murder.

I always said they’d update the uniforms for SNW and I’m glad they have. For the sake of continuity I’d be happy to still see a few Discovery uniforms from time to time. I never actually disliked the actual outfit I was just disappointed with the way they attempted to visually reboot the franchise in season one but the idea of multiple uniforms being in use has been there from very early in Star Trek.

I don’t mind seeing the DIS uniforms either, just as long as they are no longer the main ones going forward.

The uniforms are way better than the disco enterprise uniforms. The collars on those were superfluous and too busy

The collars were less of an issue than the “too much bling” factor on the sides and shoulders.

They keep saying it’s filmed in Toronto. It’s filmed in Mississauga. The ‘sauga never gets any love……….

“Perky ‘Canada’ Has Own Laws, Government”

Haha poor Mississauga! Remember the audience is not only the US, but also a global one. When I lived down in the States, almost everyone knew Toronto but nobody knew about Etobicoke which is where I was from so of course I would always say I was from Toronto. Pretty cool that CBS built that studio out by the 401 and Dixie – I will have to drive by there sometime to check it out.

I’ve been waiting for a USS Mississauga or a Mississauga-class ship.

C’mon Lower Decks show the fam up at CBS Stages Mississauga some love!

Is Missiassauga a suburb of Toronto, or a completely separate town in its vicinity?

Distinct separate city but is attached to Toronto separated by “Etobicoke Creek”

I didn’t even know that and I live in Ottawa. We call all that Toronto too :D

Mississauga is a separate city, adjacent but in the County of Peel.

It includes Toronto Pearson International Airport just to be extra confusing.

Toronto was amalgamated in the 90s to be one huge city such that a lot of towns (Etobicoke included) were rolled in. When people refer to the Greater Toronto Area or GTA, adjacent municipalities, Mississauga, and all of Peel, would be included.

Mississauga used to be the butt of running jokes as Canada’s 4th largest city that was really suburbia and the land of car dealerships.

Now, the ‘sauga has fallen to sixth in population but looks urban. It has astonishing tall modern towers and the car dealerships are lobbying for zoning protection from things like movie and television studios.

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I mean, no more confusing that DCA (which is in Arlington) or SFO (which is owned by the City of San Francisco but is physically in Burlingame).

I live in Skokie which is so close to Chicago I can be there in less than 10 minutes. Anyone outside my area I just say I’m from Chicago which is known worldwide

Mississauga has more than ten times the population of Skokie and is the sixth largest city in Canada.

It’s not quite the same thing.

It’s a suburb. It’s exactly the same thing. Mississauga isn’t known worldwide, Toronto is.

It still doesn’t look that urban (I live in the GTA, too).

I actually don’t live in the GTA, and never have for more than a month here or there for a project.

So it’s not loyalty…more just frustration that we’re expected to know about Santa Barbara or San Diego or Brooklyn or the Bronx, but it would be too much to suggest that it might be the same for Mississauga.

To me that’s a little like people from Orange County whining that they get lumped in with Los Angeles. The fact is Orange County is part of the LA area just as Mississauga is a part of the greater Toronto area. So deal with it.

Super excited! glad to see legacy characters, but not totally surprised. Looking forward to it!

Thanks. Just had to throw my jacket in my lap…🚀

Laurie called it.

Dr. M’Benga! Yeah!

Pretty cool.

M’Benga made a good impression on me during the two episodes he was in; I’m very happy that they’re adding his character.

They really need more Asian characters, though. Asians are like a third of Earth’s population, so on a human-heavy ship, there should be lots.

(No, I’m not Asian. It’s just that I can count. :-D)

Gene Roddenberry had tentative plans to spin-off a hospital show with Dr. M’Benga as the lead. That’s why they gave him so much to do. Too bad that show never happened, sounds like it would have been a cool concept for a 60’s show.

Ah, interesting! I didn’t know that. I’ve read that Booker Bradshaw was asked to play doctors frequently and was rather bored with that, so maybe it’s good the spin-off didn’t happen. :-)

The 60’s and and 70’s was full of hospital shows in the US. Setting one in space wouldn’t be so Surprising. I think the UK had a sci-fi show like that. Got canceled I think.

I’m not sure how the actress playing La’an identifies, but her father is of Asian descent.

Yes, but one out of all those characters is not one-third…

Is it too much that they actually cast a Sikh, or even a non-Sikh Punjabi, actor to play a descendent of Khan Noonian Singh?

Agreed on Asian characters. And Southeast Asian.

I recall being kind of against the idea of Olusanmokun playing M’Benga principally because the actor is about a decade older than the guy who originated the role and he’s playing a version of said character that is almost a decade younger than when we last saw him. That ships sailed now though with this announcement and to be honest I no longer care, I’m just really exited to learn more about M’Benga.

Inconsistensies like that are just opportunities to tell a cool story. Maybe M’genga encountered some strange energies that rejuvenated him? Not like that’s never happened on Star Trek :D

To be fair I was only basing this argument on the actors actual age when he played M’Benga but in my opinion he did look older than 27 so I guess I can just ignore it. You never know though, they could factor it into that story. For all we know it might not even be that M’Benga but an older relative although the marketing certainly seems to be stating that they are one and the same.

It’s a tv show. They picked the best actor for the roll. Think of TOS as a rough draft of ST.

It’s kind of cool that they recast BOTH Majel characters.

Now, I’m waiting for Lwaxana Troi to time travel back in time and meet Nurse Chapel and Number One/Una..

And the voice of the computer.

Well, then. They’re bringing in quite a few more legacy characters than I’d expected. I was thinking maybe Yeoman Colt or some other such characters from “The Cage”, but Uhura? M’Benga? Chapel? Also someone named Noonien-Singh, and we all know the connection there…

I regret feeling so ambivalent. If I didn’t have my own personal history reaching back decades experiencing these characters and the others we already know (most especially Spock), I’d probably be super-excited. As it is, I can’t help but feel like this show will feel like an interpretation of the “real” thing (even if a lot of these versions will likely be far more fleshed-out than the incarnations we see in TOS and the other older productions, Spock excepted). But if I were a newcomer to the franchise, I’m sure I’d be over the moon right now.

I’m afraid they’re going to ruin Spock. Avika Goldman wants to use the emotional Spock we saw in “The Cage,” and that will totally destroy the meaning of the character.

Spock was emotional in “The Cage” because Number One was the emotionless character back then. When the second pilot was written, that lack of emotion was transferred to Spock. The human-Vulcan hybrid who was determined to act completely Vulcan no matter what is now going to be playing with emotions? That’s NOT who Spock is!

Also, Ethan Peck’s ears look ridiculous. They need to get a better prosthetic maker to re-do his ears ASAP.

So much fake melodrama.

What a mean thing to say. What did I ever do to you?

Yea, that was uncalled for. Mods need to step in on that person — lot’s of personal snarky comments like that from them lately.

You have a legitimate opinion. If someone disagrees then they should tell you why.

Oh, give it a rest.

Nothing at all, and I wasn’t saying anything mean. I was agreeing with you. There will likely be a lot of fake melodrama involving Spock since they’re basing this on the overly emotional version of the character from The Cage. We even saw that in season two of Discovery. Sorry if my comment somehow seemed mean, but it was actually meant to agree with you.

I misunderstood your comment; I thought you meant my concern about their approach to Spock was melodramatic! Sorry for the confusion.

Wow Lorna Dune. You’re treading on thin ice. Been seeing lots of unpleasant things from you recently. Consider this your warning.

Wait, what? I don’t understand what I said that was unpleasant. I was agreeing with Corylea. There will likely be a lot of fake melodrama involving Spock since they’re basing this on the overly emotional version of the character from The Cage. We even saw that in season two of Discovery. So I fail to see how my agreeing with a comment is mean, unpleasant or cause for a warning.

LOL! Nice move. Still time to use the same apology to Brennon in the Prodigy thread. He might have “misunderstood” you too when you said the exact same thing to him ;))

I don’t know what that response refers to.

https://trekmovie.com/2021/09/08/full-length-star-trek-prodigy-trailer-drops-with-premiere-date/#comment-5535989

Corylea was actually voicing concerns. To which you replied “So much fake melodrama.” I’m not sure what you thought was going on there, but that looked like you’re telling Corylea they were being “fake” and “dramatic.” Please try to be aware of how your reply looks to others before posting.

OK, so noted. But this has all been taken entirely out of context. I know she was voicing concerns, and I was agreeing with her. Anyway, I’m just going to walk away now, perplexed.

You have a record on this board of calling members melodramatic or odd and you are perplexed if they take that as an insult? I don’t have an issue with your snarkiness but your hypocrisy and pretended innocence is a little hard to take serious.

I have no idea who you are, odradek, so your opinion of me and my supposed “record” doesn’t matter in the slightest.

I think he looks a lot like Nimoy in Where No Man Has Gone Before . Not quite the look Spock finally ended up with.

The hairstyle, yes, and I assume that’s deliberate, though I wish they hadn’t done it. The ears, no; the ears are just bad.

I’m with you on this. Supposedly, this takes place after the events in Discovery.. the Spock from the Cage has already progressed beyond that stage. You could see that in Discovery. Doesn’t mean he can’t struggle with his human side still. I’m holding out judgement but Akiva’s comments along with little things like his hairstyle in this trailer, make me wonder if they’re trying to make him regress. That, or perhaps they are going further back than the events of Discovery.. I’m just not sure. Either way, I just have concerns that they’re not honoring what has been portrayed before the same way they did that on Discovery. I would love to be wrong and hope that I am.

Remember this is Akiva Goldsman we are talking about the guy who wrote Batman and Robin. So I think a little trepidation goes a long way with him.

Even when he won the Oscar, I couldn’t get past that he was the writer on those two Batman movies… because of those I groaned when it was announced he was coming over to Trek.

His Involvement with Star Trek Discovery doesn’t help his standing very much either.

Yeah. I’m happy for them to flesh out Uhura and Chapel and M’Benga however they want, because those characters weren’t very well developed during TOS. But we KNOW who Spock is! They really need to honor the TOS portrayal of his character. Leonard Nimoy’s acting was good enough to show us that Spock DID have emotions, but Mr. Nimoy was so very good at being subtle that they were only hinted at, and the audience had to pay attention to see them. I would hate to see Mr. Nimoy’s excellent work undone.

Mr. Nimoy worked very hard — not just on his acting, but with lots of behind-the-scenes memos — to keep Spock IN character. I doubt Mr. Peck has the clout to force the producers to keep Spock in character, even assuming he wants to.

In some ways they already have. Spock’s story in Discovery is not well weaved into the Spock we know. The biggest, to me, is how they try to supplant Kirk with Burnham as being the impetus for his journey forward. Is their room for both? Maybe.. but it really devalues Spock’s friendship and growth as a character to retread ground already told.

I agree; I didn’t care for their trying to make Burnham be the most important thing in Spock’s development. She’s already saved the universe; she can leave Spock alone. :-)

Right. I don’t mind that Burnham was a lost sister of Spock’s that we have never heard of before. But what I do mind is that Kirk never knew of her if she was THAT important to Spock. It just ring true to me.

As I said MANY times, everyone should know who Burnham was and her history in Starfleet, at least if you were IN Starfleet at the time, being both the first mutineer and supposedly started the Klingon war on top of it. She would be infamous at this point.

I agree from the perspective she started the Klingon war. But that doesn’t bother me nearly as much as how an entire division of StarFleet (section 31) was completely lost a mere 80+ years later.

We could go on and on with all the problems with the Burnham character. And you are correct in your assessment here too. One of my many issues is the fact that Spock actually says there’s never been a mutiny when his own adopted sister was known to have lead one. I know there are liberties to be taken with this sort of thing but when a major line of dialogue openly contradicts what you do in your “prequel” then you have a problem. And as we have all seen, there is a laundry list of problems.

Really?! The same Kirk who didn’t even know that his First Officer’s father was the Vulcan ambassador?

(Which, truth be told, was some pretty poor writing on the part of the usually awesome D.C. Fontana, who should’ve understood better than anyone that storytelling logic shouldn’t be sacrificed for a cheap, melodramatic hook before the opening credits.)

Whatever the real-world reasons for Spock’s behavior in “The Cage,” the performance nevertheless has been filmed canon for going on sixty years now, not only as an unaired pilot but as a two part, Hugo-winning episode. I don’t know what rationale they’ll come up with for exploring Spock’s more emotional side, but have no objections to it on principle if it’s done well.

Which is, of course, a big ‘if.’ Mount said it himself: SNW is a real high-wire act, and whatever they do some fans will be unhappy. But I can say that I thought Ethan Peck did a very credible job with Spock on Discovery, all things considered. With the rare exception of an Arlene Martel or Mark Leonard, many of the actors portraying Vulcans have been just terrible. Peck was far better than most, including (at least for my money) Zack Quinto.

That was an excellent post, Blondie-Wan. You summed up my feelings pretty exactly, there. I too feel ambivalent, and as you suggested, perhaps it’s just because my own decades-long relationship with the franchise is coloring everything coming now for me as simply a flashier remake of what’s come before. And the fact DSC has disappointed me so much. I’ll give this a chance, though.

I’m a little disappointed it looks like we aren’t getting Colt. 3 legacy characters does feel like a bit much. Especially when the one that fist the best wasn’t even among them! (Scotty)

I’m curious as to who is going to be the Chief Engineer.

That has always been an important character on Trek starships.

Not on Discovery. For a show that focuses on science and engineering there is a very odd discomfort with the idea of showing the engine room.

On the other hand, there’s been a semi-tradition on Trek series to only confirm the chief engineer some ways into the first season. Perhaps there’s someone more to come.

But Star Trek Discovery is weird in that they seem to have NO senior staff. We have yet to see the CMO (unless what’s her name is is) or a Chief Engineer. When the captain gets his staff together it’s the show characters and no department heads. That was always weird. But then, Star Trek Discovery has decided that “sense” (among other things) was something they didn’t seem to care about.

I’m guessing Hemmer or Ortega at the moment.

Except in TNG prior to LaForge taking over as Chief Engineer.

UHURA and CHAPEL ARE BACK!!!!!!!!

OMG, crazy! Most people assumed that was Uhura but I didn’t expect Chapel at ALL!! And even M’Benga is there who I admit I utterly forgot about as a character until my grand rewatch of TOS earlier this year! So welcome aboard brotha! This is pretty amazing! I was already excited about the show but now much more hyped for it!

No one should kid themselves thinking we weren’t going to get more TOS characters on this show. All these new shows are basically fan service for the old ones lol. It was 100% guaranteed just like we are getting more TNG and VOY characters on the other shows. I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. I haven’t looked any other place yet but I’m guessing the news is blowing up everywhere.

Kirk will show up in the second season

Or sooner maybe. Ethan Peck made some cryptic comments about Spock’s established relationships with characters being explored in SNW.

I fully expected that. Can’t wait to read all the angry comments. :)

OOOF, I don’t know. Kirk is a hard one to pull off. Pine has way more power over his character IMHO than Quinto has over Spock. But then again CBS and Paramount are merged now so I guess anything can happen.

Like a few folks I called Uhura. Really surprised by the others. I never would have guessed they would bring back a fairly minor character like M’Benga.

Yeah I was pretty certain that was Uhura too. As far as Chapel, it’s funny how I never even considered she would be on this show, but yeah nothing stops it either (and not being played by the same actress helps ;)).

As for M’Benga, as said, I honestly completely forgot who he was until recently and I been watching the show since the late 70s lol. But that’s probably why they brought him in, he has a ‘name’ to the hardcore fans (VERY hardcored ;)) but was just in two episodes so they can literally do anything they want with him, like Pike himself basically. It’s smart to make him the head doctor on the show although it may be a Culber situation and he’s not the CMO himself, but kind of is. ;)

Don’t ask me which, but I think M’Benga got some love in a few novels.

Yes! I found him in some novels too and didn’t know who he was. I recognized him in TOS afterwards.

I don’t think him being the CMO is a good idea. It raises some questions. None are good for M’Benga. I brought them up in my initial post which should be below…

I was also one of those that called Uhura. I didn’t get Chapel though, I’d guessed Colt for that particular actress and whilst I conceded there was a possibility of M’Benga I was against that casting at the time because this actor is a lot older than the guy who played him in TOS was at the time.

Honestly I didn’t see this coming. They could have gone with all new characters (aside from Pike, Spock and Number One) but that’s already basically happening on Picard, Discovery, Lower Desks, and soon Prodigy, so I was blown away by all these legacy characters who I honestly have wanted to know more about. Along with this being more episodic Trek (which I loved about the old shows) and the high production value (which I love about the new shows). My anticipation level is at a fever pitch now. If we get a teaser trailer anytime soon I’m going burst lol

My personal preference was to have Scotty be the only legacy character. To me he makes the most sense. If he was already on board under whoever was the actual Chief then he gets promoted when Kirk takes over it fits with his odd love of the big E. He would have spent years working on her and then to finally be responsible…. It just fits better than anyone. Even Chapel.

M’Benga, Uhura and Chapel all served with Pike before? I know nothing contradicted that but it sure seemed like only Spock had any attachment to him in the Menagerie. Maybe those other 3 were secretly helping Spock take Pike to Talos offscreen…

I don’t remember Uhura or Chapel playing a large role in the Menagerie. Have to go back and look sometime.

Unless this is set before the events of Discovery, this is a few years after The Cage .

discovery season 1 takes place in 2257 the cage takes place in 2264 and the first 2 episodes of discovery take place in 2256 so there is only a year between the cage and discovery and from what has been siad before this picks up were season 2 of discovery leaves off which is 2258

The Cage was 13 years before The Menagerie according to dialogue, and The Menagerie was in 2265 or 2266. That puts The Cage at 2252 or 2253. If Discovery Season 2 is 2258 as you say, that is five or six years later.

nope the cage took place in 2254 that has been extablished as canon even the canon discovery novels say as much so does everyones favorite resource memory alpha says 2254 and only the final 2 part episode of discovery season 2 takes place in 2258 the rest of the season 2 takes place in 2257 like most of season 1 except the first 2 episodes which take place in 2256 and the menagerie two part tos episode takes place in 2267

Novels are not canon. Canon by definition is what is depicted on screen.

Where are you getting that The Menagerie (in the middle of Season 1) was set in 2267?

Where are you getting that there was a one-year time jump between Through The Valley Of Shadows and Such Sweet Sorrow ? Or do you mean the final few minutes (where Pike, Spock and Una say the Discovery was destroyed) was a year later? Even that is debatable, since that means they were still being debriefed about those events a year later.

they state the years in thew show with the stardates

also cbs viacom and the creators of the shows have siad the discovery and picard novels and comics are canon tie ins and they had to delay the picard comic so it it was accurate to the show since it was a last minute decision to have la forge survive the destruction of utopia planetia in the show the reason is they are using the books and comics as canon tie-ins is the same as disney uses thier star wars novels,comics and games as canon tie-ins to give back stories to characters and events from the movies and shows

Yes I know when the show takes place. I just don’t recall any significant Pike/Uhura interaction.

This is why I come to this forum. To be corrected on mistakes I never made. It’s fun.

I was just pointing out that a few years have passed since the Talos IV incident. Plenty of time for Uhura or Chapel to have come aboard the Enterprise while Pike was still Captain.

The post mentions The Menagerie (Pike in wheelchair, Commodore Mendez etc) — not The Cage.

Uhura and Sulu (in xenobiology not as pilot) were on board before Kirk arrived. So it’s canon that they serves with Pike, but not as to when they joined the crew.

That has never been said onscreen, no.

Nope. Nichelle Nichols did not appear in either “The Cage” (the first pilot) or “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (the second pilot.) Her first appearance was in “The Corbomite Maneuver.” So it wasn’t canon that she served with Pike until SNW put her there.

Sulu was in WNMHGB but was not in “The Cage,” so it’s also not canon that he served with Pike. And Sulu wasn’t a xenobiologist; he reports himself as being in Astro Sciences in WNMHGB.

You’re right about Uhura. Also Chapel says she signed up with Starfleet fairly recently in the hopes of finding her fiancé Roger Corby in “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”, so she shouldn’t be on SNW either. However, there’s grey area with Sulu. Remember The Cage (2254) and WNHGB (2265) are separated by 10 years. DSC S2, and thus SNW, takes place a few years after The Cage. So while I don’t love more legacy characters being included, Sulu actually could have served with Pike during his second 5 year mission.

I’m not saying that they COULDN’T have been on Pike’s ship; I was responding to TG47’s saying that it’s CANON that they WERE. It is not canon that they were … at least, it wasn’t until SNW came along. :-)

Ahh gotcha.

These won’t be the only original characters we see. Sulu or someone similar will probably show up at some point, even if they don’t become series regulars. I don’t think this braintrust running the show can help themselves. To me, Scotty seems the most logical as we get closer to the time Kirk takes over. I’d bet real money that this series ends with the transition to Kirk, and we get him.

Well Scotty is the oldest and has served the longest so he makes the most sense. I hope if he shows up they adhere to the canon of the career he had prior to the Enterprise established in Relics.

My thoughts exactly. A Lt Scott on the Enterprise who reports to the Chief Engineer works perfectly. And flows best with what we know of the character. I was kinda hoping they find a way to get him in but with 3 other legacy characters I now think it will be overkill,

But still hoping the show works.

We were specifically responding to the above comment “ Uhura and Sulu (in xenobiology not as pilot) were on board before Kirk arrived. ” even though no canon stories ever said they were.

I suppose it’s true that Sulu could have been there and I can’t refute canon. I just grew up assuming that just like Leonard Nimoy was the only actor that came over from the original pilot, Spock was the only crew member from Pike’s command to stay under Kirk’s command.

Uhura could have been on a different shift in WNMHB and SNW is after The Cage. I think she was actually on the Enterprise under Cage in the novel Enterprise.

Yes, she COULD have been on the ship; I was replying to TG47’s statement that it’s CANON that she was on the ship. It isn’t. Or at least, it wasn’t until SNW came along. :-)

That’s the beauty of prequels….now it is! ;D

I have a disturbing doubt. the presence of Uhura in this period of time gives space to the love story with Spock. it’s a possibility that scares me!

Uh. No. No way. Let’s leave that in the Kelvin Universe HOWEVER they could have some origin story regarding Chapel developing her crush on Spock…

Chapel is supposed to be engaged, so her crush on Spock before “What Are Little Girls Made Of” is kinda strange to begin with, unless she’s polyamorous.

I don’t see the conflict, actually. I think it could set up some interesting love triangle kind of thing. Could be just an attraction that is never consummated or really acted upon, but palpable and conflicting for her (to me, that’s the most interesting, and most logical. I don’t see Spock intentionally violating someone’s relationship), or they disregard anything already established and have it be some sort of romance, even if she is canonically married prior to this show airing.

She did try to flirt with him in several episodes of TOS, and Goldsman’s saying that they could include relationships that were only hinted at during TOS makes me think that may be where they’re headed.

I never considered that but ouch I hope not. An officer so should not be dating a cadet. So illogical.

She’s still only a cadet in SNW so it doesn’t necessarily follow that she would be get the Enterprise when she graduates Starfleet Academy but she likely would aspire to get back there. Now if SNW goes multiple seasons like Discovery then they’ll have to cross that bridge and if she remains on the show then she would realistically have to be assigned to the ship but then again she might only be on one season of the show for all we know. Interestingly Kurtzman brought up the Starfleet Academy project when being interviewed by Wil Wheaton for Star Trek day and he reiterated that this is a concept that they remain excited about. For all we know this might be being developed as another TOS prequel show and Uhura could transfer onto that series.

All that could be true but I have a feeling they aren’t thinking that hard about it. My guess is Uhura will just stay on the ship through the end. If so, she and Spock will be the Kolbe Bryant of Starfleet and their entire career will be on one ship (OK, technically two ;)).

uhura is a cadet in strange new worlds so she is either 3rd or 4th year much like how tilly was serving on the discovery as a cadet

I would think it would be more like Nog being a cadet and serving on DS9. Which I thought was a bit weird that he would be there for very long as he still has his studies to deal with.

Just like Chekov played a role on season 1 of TOS. 😉

Will Spock have Ponn Farr on Strange New Worlds? Will Pike help him deal with: Una, Uhurah and Chapel? Are there other choices?

Will Spock have a relationship be with M’Benga that is sort of “straight” as an alternative to the humor of his relationship with McCoy? Or just nothing special?

IIRC there was a bit of flirtation between Spock and Una in one of the Short Treks so maybe something will come out of that

Chapel doesn’t make an appearance in “The Menagerie” at all. Uhura actually has a fair amount of screen time by the standards of the character, but there’s little in the episode to suggest that she has any personal connection to its events.

Crew on a ship of that size would rotate in and out, and there would be multiple shifts. Ops would likely have crew cross train, so it would be possible any given crew member could be serving anywhere on a large ship, depending on circumstances.

And that is another reason why I feel like too many legacy characters could be a bit of a continuity problem.

Wish there was a teaser trailer. Yet with these streaming shows they don’t release trailers until 6-8 weeks before release start date. Wonder if they’ll make minor design changes to the Discoprise Enterprise.

going by a produxction crews shirt they gave the enterprise tmp refit pylons and might have moded the nacelles a bit but the rest looks relitivly the same

Yeah the biggest disappointment. THIS was the trailer everyone was hoping to see. But knowing Paramount, they will probably drop one 2 days later or something just to throw people off. ;)

Is there some in universe explanation for why the Discoprise becomes the actual Enterprise of Shatner Kirk, or its just because its modern day and they like to do a modern take. It would be hilarious if the 60s design was the first refit.

they have visually updated the 60’s designs and they used the tmp refit/1701-a as a reference for the basis for the visual update while keeping certian elements to the 60’s design in it

Yeah. Say what you will about the Discoprise, it is orders of magnitude better than the Kelvinprise which just looks utterly ridiculous. Both of them.

Agreed. I still prefer Matt Jeffries’ original, but can easily live the Disco interpretation of it. The broad strokes are mostly fine; it’s the lighting and texturing of the model on Discovery that I had a problem with. Hopefully, as with the uniforms (and, it appears, the bridge lighting) SNW will take a different approach.

I think the notion that the look of Star Trek was part of canon was thrown out the window the second Discovery aired. Canon had always honored the look of TOS up until then. Some say it never was, but if that was the case, why was Archer on a faithful looking Defiant? Why did Scotty stand on an accurate TOS Bridge in TNG? Why was DS9 so faithful in Trials and Tribulations? I get the need to update the look, but I do think they aren’t faithful enough. The sets look great, including the Enterprise Bridge. I appreciate the effort they made to pay homage to the TOS design, but I also think they went to far. The design of the model Enterprise in Discovery was baffling to me in the liberties they took to make it look different that they didn’t have to. I think they could have done better.

*Should read “I don’t think they are faithful enough.” sorry… typo

I totally agree. I get this isn’t 1960’s and you can’t make sets out of cardboard and jellybeans and ships are CGI, etc… But you can be more faithful to the iconic TOS design than they are being. But I will say they did a great job with the bridge. The exterior of the ship (esp the nacelles and the slanted pylons) not so much.

Wish it wasn’t geolocked! As usual,all the Trek stuff is just for the US. Oh well,might check it out one day,lol.

The official site has the promos and should be region free: https://www.startrek.com/day

Thanks Matt,will try that. Sometimes they work,sometimes they don’t. Great that you post a few pics from these though. Thanks for that too!

I was hoping to see a trailer but the cast intro was just as good. We not only saw some great legacy and new characters but we got a first peek at the new uniforms (I am sure many will be happy they got rid of those collars) and a look at the slightly revised bridge. Can’t wait to take a closer look when they release a video we can pause haha. This was definitely worth checking out on Star Trek Day and I hope they can give us a premiere date soon.

well i don’t think the cgi vfx are finished yet the show just finished filming a month or two ago they explained that all the computer monitor displays on the sets are live and react to the cast tapping and pressing on the screens

I am so, so, so, SO happy they got rid of those strange collars. There were so many ‘what were they THINKING???’ ideas they did in Discovery first season that is now thankfully being fazed out between both shows, especially DIS being throwing a thousand years into the future and all.

Like many (or everybody ;)) I was hoping for a trailer too, but we’ll live. We are getting a lot in general on all the shows, so it’s fine. I haven’t really went back and looked at the SNW sets yet since I’m still watching but can’t wait to hear all the analysis over the tiniest bit of minutiae we come to know for decades! ;)

Oh wow!! Very different from what I’d thought it would be… Especially the uniforms. Uhura and Chapel… Didn’t see that one coming either. nevertheless, very exciting.

Especially their haircut. Very strange (new world) to see Uhura which such short hair.

An Aenar! That’s awesome!

The most awesome part about that being that this time they’re using an actor who is actually blind. From a representation standpoint, that’s honestly great.

That said, I wish they weren’t bringing back all these legacy characters with new performers. Honestly, I wish they just had a totally different ship and a crew we’ve never met before in some other era. But oh well. I’m sure the cast will be great and all.

I’m fine with it all if they truly forge ahead and don’t keep trying to recreate TOS. A little dipping in to characters we know and love can be ok, but coming from this group of creatives, some of the character choices in this are concerning to me… not because they are there, but because the people behind Discovery have, so often, delved into Trek’s past at the expense of propelling the show forward. Trying to be reverent is a fine line. I hope I’m wrong.

I agree with you on these new announcements, but exploring Pike’s era is a part of Trek lore that I believe is warranted, coupled with Mount’s performance of the character. He was the best part of Discovery so far, and I do want to see more. If he can bring what he brought to Star Trek in Discovery, and they build off of that, then I remain hopeful.

Honestly, I’m in the camp that Akiva Goldsman as the driving force behind this series may be the biggest problem with being full on optimistic about this. I’m not her to bash Akiva.. I just think he’s over reliant on the past of Star Trek in the wrong way.

OMG, wow that IS cool! I didn’t catch that. I just thought he was an odd looking Andorian. LOVE to see more and more Enterprise canon making it onto the shows. I don’t love prequels but that is the one cool thing about them, that, if done right, it bridges aliens and old story lines more. In this case, a new prequel building on the previous prequel.

He might be an Aenar (sorry the spelling may be wrong) who decided he wanted to see the outside world.

Well, experience the outside world, anyway.

Haha yes so true and I forgot that they are blind.

I noticed that and didn’t comment on it. I HOPE they know he’s not blue! But my main deal with the Andorrans is that their antenna move with their emotional state like they did on Enterprise. That was the best classic alien upgrade I have ever seen!

The actor Bruce Horath is one of a very few legally blind actors. He is completely blind in one eye and has very limited vision in the other.

More, his blindness was caused by a childhood cancer that clouds the visible portion of the eye like the Aenar were depicted in Enterprise.

So, this seems like very fortuitous and intentional casting of an Aenar to represent people with visual limitations in-universe.

I would really hope to see the animatronics back in the antenna too. I’m trying to recall though if that was as much a thing for the Aenar though. Their antenna were different than Andorians and serves different purposes.

I don’t remember if their antennae showed emotions, but they definitely moved around when they were reading people’s minds.

Man, Anson Mount is HANDSOME, Ohh Myyy! Exciting that we get to see young Uhura, how cool for that actress to be stepping into such an iconic role! Awesome that it appears that they’ve hired a blind actor to play a blind character – can imagine that that will be really empowering and inspirational for a lot of people out there. And very glad to hear that it’ll be more episodic in nature – hopefully in the same vein as The Mandalorian was episodic in that each episode featured a unique chapter in the journey that can be enjoyed on it’s own, but also connected to a larger story and always keeping it simple and character driven. Would love to see that type of approach here, and mixed with this cast I’m sure we’ll all be very happy with the results. LLAP

 Jess Bush is Nurse Christine Chapel!!!! Celia Rose Gooding is Cadet Nyota Uhura!!!! Babs Olusanmokun is Dr. M’Benga!!!! Transporter room looks good. ANDORIAN ON THE SHIP!!

WARP SPEED!!!!

I AM ALSO EXCITED!!!

It’s going to be fun to have TOS characters on this show and TNG era characters on the others again. And then there is Discovery. ;)

Once they confirmed Uhura was showing up my excitement level jumped even higher than it was! Chapel was just the extra icing needed.

It’s an aenar played by a blind actor!

Do I really gotta be the one to point out how annoying it is when writers shoehorn in connections to future stories as nostalgia bait? Noonien Singh, really?? And young Uhura too? For crying out loud, not every character in a show has to be connected to the shows we’ve already seen. This means, what, we get exactly 2 new characters in this entire show? I’m so sick of this… Despite all its claims to the contrary, Star Trek in its current iteration has become a conservative, regressive show. Instead of taking chances, it falls back on the familiar like every other media franchise in production today. Discovery is rooted in nostalgia, Picard even more so. Lower Decks is entirely referential. These writers know nothing except how to take established characters and change them into their own hollow interpretations. I was so excited for SNW to show us a new crew of the Enterprise, and literally we’re getting exactly what we had before or someone with some completely unnecessary connection to Khan, because everything in Star Trek has to connect back to Khan somehow, it was the movie that everyone loved so it’s gotta be about Khan. God I hate our modern media diet… Rant over 🖖🏼

Dude, I’m so with you on this. This franchise and its creatives cannot get past Khan. Every single movie from TNG forward can’t seem to get away from the villain motivated by revenge format.. or directly trying to recreate the character, which is damn near impossible… so now we see this character name and have to wonder… why? And not wondering why in an intriguing way.. why in a “WTF does that mean” way. The obsession with Khan and recreating Star Trek II is the one thing they really need to get away from.

Rant appreciated, actually. All good points. I really wish I had any faith at all in the writing teams at Kurtzman & Co.

Fully understand the frustration. I am with you to a point. I agree with SH constantly hardening back to what Trek has done before. Unfortunately they do it because it’s usually safe with most fans. Most fans love the call backs. Just look at this board when they brought in Talos and the Guardian of Forever. Many ate it up. I knew they would have a call back and at least one legacy character. But was hoping for fewer.

And the Singh thing…. Good grief. I really hope there is no relation.

Okay, now I officially miss the strange DSC uniform collar. Their necks look naked without it :-)

Concerning the characters: I only guessed Uhura right.

M’Benga? Chapel? Those I had thought to be Clark Terrell and Carol Marcus.

But instead of those TWOK characters we get… a Noonien-Singh??? La’aaaaaaaan! La’aaaaaaaaaaan!

The only huge disappointment is the name Erica Ortegas. I was so much hoping they’d call her Macha Hernandez, Tasha’s original name from an early TNG draft.

But yeah, hit it! Let’s fly…

Oh man… having Clark Terrell and Carol Marcus would have been awesome too!!! Dr M’benga I think had to be there now. That being said still think we should see Dr. Boyce, Lt Tyler and Colt… hope they show up..

Carol Marcus? I dunno. I don’t think everyone in Kirk’s life needs to have had to have come from the Enterprise.

Wow, never thought they’d include Dr M’benga but that is cool. I always thought he was an underrated character in TOS. Including Uhura and Chapel were unexpected but I knew these producers couldn’t help themselves to include legacy characters. They always take the easy way out. By the way is the actress playing Uhura related to Cuba Cooding Jr? It would have been fun if Rebecca Romijn had actually played the Chapel role as well, but probably too much work so it didn’t happen.

Of course not. We all knew the second SNW was announced, half of TOS will probably show up before first season is over. I joke, but…

The people making Trek today are ultimate fanboys and girls. It’s why we have everything from Q to the Guardian of Forever back (I still want them to team up like the strangest buddy cop story in history). It’s ALL coming back kids. All of it by the time they are done.

As far as the actress being related to Cuba Gooding Jr, since it hasn’t been brought up once since she was first announced, doubtful. But you know I’m usually wrong. ;)

But when is it starting? After Picard in mid/late 2022?

They didn’t say, but based on production/release schedules I would guess starting shortly after Picard in late April/early May 2022.

So I will hold out on subscribing to Paramount+ until then. SNW is the only Star Trek show I am looking forward to, so I will wait until then to subscribe. I will watch the other shows then, but I can be patient with those.

Same here, VZX. I’m in no hurry to sign up for yet another service as it is.

knowing picard comes out on either febuary 17th or 24th 2022 depending on if discovery season 4 has 13 or 14 episodes in season 4 that would put strange new worlds coming out either april 28th 2022 or may 5th 2022 since we know picard will have 10 episodes

I’d say 22.2.22 (or 2.22.22) would be the perfect date. As long as it’s not February the 29th… :-P

:D Would be nice date!

But right after Picard S2, would make it to first half of 2022, would be great! Nevertheless its like 3/4 of a year :o

Anyone knowing, if they are already working on scripts for a S2? Maybe it would give them enough time, to take enough care on the details and logic.

What about Dr. Boyce who was seen in The Cage? Or Dr. Piper in Where no man has gone before? (A bit offtopic, but interesting: in the german dubbed version, which was notorious for getting things wrong, they made it right and presented Dr. Piper as “replacement for Dr. McCoy” ;-) Also with the eugenic wars which were placed in the 2090s and almost with the time period of TOS: “it’s the year 2200”)

This is years after The Cage, so Boyce could be retired or even dead. But we still might see him. At the very least they will probably reference him in some ways. Dr. Piper is the complete opposite, he didn’t show up until years later, so I don’t it matters much.

Even though its wrong, it would actually make a lot more sense if the Eugenic wars took place in the 2090s. Or at least be the direct cause of WW 3.

At the very least they will probably reference him in some ways. 

Maybe again in the german dubbed version “I’m the replacement for Dr. Boyce”. ;-) (No, not really… it’s not 1972 anymore, when german viewers didn’t have any knowledge about the original version.)

Oh I see what you mean now. But as said it was dubbed wrong. And of course, they may just ignore stuff. Everyone is trying to piece together every little thing, but this is the group that skipped over the part about visiting Talos IV warrants the death penalty or pretends Sybok never even existed (or maybe I’m wrong and he shows up next season ;)).

Other words, they know most won’t care about every obscure piece of minutiae, especially something from a single episode that didn’t have any real story basis.

The uniforms can never alligne anyway. The Cage and WNMHGB had the same uniforms. Doesn’t matter. That’s production history.

I’m more concerned with SNW being called the “maiden voyages” of the NCC-1701. There was Robert April before Pike and that is canon due to TAS…

Discovery had Robert April as one of Saru’s inspiration’s for commanding a ship.

The German dubbed version :-) Oh my, we got Sol Drive instead of Warp Drive back then and Gary Seven was called Felix Sevenrock because of a ZDF guy named Siebenrock :-) They only broadcast half of the TOS episodes in the 70s with the other half to arrive in the 80s… Amok Time was depicted as a dream and Patterns of Force premiered in the late 90s…

Funniest thing about the German dubbing is Picard’s voice. First three and a half seasons and in the movies he had that old man’s voice that would NOW perfectly fit for older PIC Picard (the great voice actor has sadly passed though). Seasons 5-7 had that spot-on younger Stewart’s voice…

Piper was only in WNMHGB because DeForrest Kelley, who Roddenberry wanted, wasn’t available to play the ship’s doctor. So the character became a historical footnote. But it was the actor’s connection to Trek which landed him a similar role on “Battlestar Galactica” a dozen years later, which I’m sure was much appreciated.

Interesting Cast, but i feel a bit disappointed because Kurtzman ignored the Wish to hire Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Boyce.

Nah, I’m glad that it’s not Jeffrey Combs as Boyce as a regular CMO.

But I am hoping that Shran is still alive and that we’ll see him.

The Aenar population was so small in the 22nd century and Shran both married into the community and lived with them for a period. In a community of few thousand everyone knows everyone.

So, it would be actually unexpected that Hemmer didn’t know Shran. More, Shran would not be able to resist keeping tabs on an Aenar serving on a ship named Enterprise.

I the guy playing M”Benga the charcter we know from TOS or that character’s father? Because beside not looking anything like him, regarding his age he has to be his father. Dr M”Benga would be in his early twenties.

The last scene of the series finale:

(INT.) Enterprise bridge

The turbolift doors open and all hands look to see who is entering the bridge.

Enter the new boy: CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK, confident and cocky along with his friend, the new ship’s physician DR LEONARD MCCOY. Striding to the captain’s chair as if he has been on this ship his whole life, KIRK sits, leans back, and surveys his new crew one by one. He is ready to begin his new adventure.

KIRK: Helmsman, take us out. Half thrusters.

SULU: Aye, sir.

SULU turns back to the helm and begins piloting the ship. The rest of the bridge crew turns to look at the viewscreen as the structure of the drydock passes from view and is replaced by a field of stars.

SULU: Captain, we have cleared spacedock. What is our heading, sir?

KIRK: (Smiling) Helmsman’s discretion. Let’s see where destiny takes us.

MCCOY: (Mutters sarcastically) Oh boy, this is gonna be good.

SULU: Course plotted, sir.

KIRK: Ahead, Warp Factor five.

SULU: Warp Factor five, aye.

KIRK: Engage!

The stars on the viewscreen rush by ever faster until there is a flash of white, and…

This is what I love about message boards, the show hasn’t started yet and fans are already thinking how the last episode will play out lol. And sure, I can see something like that playing out. But I have a feeling we may see both McCoy and Sulu before then, even if they are not on the ship.

Where is Yeoman Colt? She should have been in the show, perhaps at a higher rank.

But this cast looks great! This is the only Star Trek show I am looking forward to.

Agreed… I’d have her start low and work up the ranks. Also fun to have a noncommissioned officer on the crew, plus aren’t there unresolved feelings between her and Pike?!?

Not on Pike’s side.

So whats Dr. M’benga do to get demoted from CMO so that McCoy can take over?

Perhaps he was never CMO. After all we already have Boyce and Bryce.

Why does he have to get demoted? Maybe he’s just transferred after Pike retires and McCoy takes over at the request of the new Captain?

Absolutely. The length of time that senior officers stay with the hero ships on Star Trek shows is really unusual.

I expect that Mbenga is CMO and off doing other things at a new posting during TOS. The acting when he covers for McCoy is an acting role during the absence of the officer who holds that role rather than an acting rank.

My thought is M’Benga goes to Vulcan for a tour, having learned about the Vulcan Science Academy from Spock.

He may not be the CMO, just on staff like Culber is in Discovery.

All very good points, could’ve went to Vulcan, could just be a doctor on staff, after all they just said he was playing dr. M’benga, mayyyyybe there’s a smalllll chance that Boyce will be a recurring character playing by our favorite recurring character actor…

As a TOS fan, this preview gave me goosebumps throughout. I love that they are honouring TOS characters both well known and less so. So looking forward to seeing an actual trailer.

Why can they not stay away from trying to tie everything in and revisit stuff? This is the show I’m most looking forward to. As excited as I am to see a character like Uhura.. is she really necessary? Are they painting the franchise into a corner? But the single most puzzling and potentially maddening? The Khan reference. On one hand, If the Noonien-Singh name is an Easter egg, that kind of lack of imagination is frustrating to see. If it’s a relative, that’s downright concerning at this early stage. I really hope they don’t screw this up. After Discovery and Picard, I was hoping this would be the Trek that would quench my thirst. There is a lot to like about this (Anson Mount as Pike, the episodic format) but this seems less fresh and new than It should be after the cast announcement. God, I hope I’m wrong.

Maybe Uhura is a recurring character or is assigned to a another ship that Enterprise encounters on its way. I agree with you about having too many legacy characters but I also think we should be patient and see if the writers/producers surprise us. Also now that Q is officially part of Kurtzmans Trek universe I believe he/it can be the grand deus ex machina that sets everything (all the continuity problems etc….) to as it was at the very end of all these series.

I’d probably feel different if the creative braintrust hadn’t let me down before…. if this were truly brand new. I’m hoping I’m wrong, and I guess my point is I don’t have a warm and fuzzy that they’re forging ahead. That’s all. I will be open minded as I watch this new series.. I promise.

A main character being named “Noonien-Singh” is too big of a thing to be an easter egg. A descendant is really all she can be. With maybe .001% Augment DNA in her. Enough that she doesn’t display any abilities and can serve in the fleet. But it wouldn’t stop people from showing her resentment. That’s my take anyways.

Interesting to see that the uniforms have been given a few tweaks since what we saw on DISCOVERY.

But just as I prefer to view ‘The Cage’ pilot episode as being an ‘alternate universe’ storyline of different characters and elements to the main TOS show crew to allow for the differences (I happily skip the ‘The Menagerie’ two-parter during a rewatch to allow for this, by the way)….I’m also going to look on STRANGE NEW WORLDS as being an ‘alternate universe’ show to TOS too.

Looking forward to some good new characters and stories hopefully!

Well, if you think so. But I think they did an awesome job with those uniforms. The zipper jackets actually have some sort of collar. And with at least three sets of uniforms, it’s easy to imagine the Cage uniforms being there or having been there as well…

Is this the first year ever that we may get Trek year round, from October to October, perhaps with small breaks in between?

-Prodigy in October -Discovery in November -Picard in February -Strange New Worlds in May -Lower Decks in August

Pretty exciting.

Yeah seems that way. We may get a few weeks break between whenever SNW airs and a new season of LDS but it may not be that long at all.

And its a bit surprising Prodigy and Discovery will be airing the same time as each other. They kept saying they didn’t want any of the shows to overlap but I’m not complaining. ;)

I love the idea of having at least 1 Trek show airing at every point of the year.

José Tyler must have gotten killed somewhere along the way. Or transferred. It will be interesting to see if any of the other Cage characters (Tyler, Boyce, Colt) are referenced in this new show.

Continuity question now that we have Nurse Chapel. I’m completely convinced there is going to be a Roger Corby episode somewhere in this series. There is much to elucidate since she is in a relationship with her professor and by today’s standards, this would be inappropriate and perhaps a warning sign for them both.

So my question is: would an episode set during SNW be set after they were engaged? After they broke up? How does that fit with the backstory in TOS that she too was doing research with him?

This was the best part of the whole Trek Day show. Our friends around the country were watching the same thing were were but once the character reveal happened. My phone exploded with text messages. My wife was happiest that Uhura was back on board. So…. doers this mean we will see more TOS characters in the various episodes? Lt Kirk on the Farragut? Scotty on one of his other ships? Sulu in the Astrophysics Dept? Maybe even Dr Boyce serving Pike a chilled martini.. the possibilities are endless.

I’m so in for this! Everything looks on point, and Mount is an excellent captain.

TBH the one TOS character I was most expecting to see was Scott. He’s the oldest and most experienced in TOS, and even at that point the old girl was at least as much his as Kirk’s.

In the penultimate episode we’ll see the death of the chief engineer, and in the last scene of the finale, a ship will arrive with new personell, and the the transporter chief will read out the name, “It’s our new chief engineer, Captain. Name? Looks like…(beat) Mr… S…C…(looks up at Pike)…O.T.T…

Cut to black. Cliffhanger.

The more I think about it, the more I think I’d prefer a wholly original crew for Pike and to explore how they grew and left. In some ways, a fresh Kirk coming aboard and taking over Pike’s last crew kind of diminishes him a bit. Kind of like a new manager taking over a massively successful football team.

I wouldn’t mind Scott being there, or Bones in a lower medical role, as they are older characters (age wise). But the younger ones being there before Kirk? We largely got to see Picard choose his team in Encounter at. Farpoint.

They are adding unnecessary questions to those that already exist. Existing: why does Commander Chin-Riley not become Captain? Why does M’Benga not become CMO? Why does the name Noonien-Singh not ring a bell even before Space Seed (they recognise it quick enough in that episode)?

Yep, I know I’m griping before I’ve watched a scene, but this was the show I was looking forward too. I wanted Boyce, Colt, and Tyler.

The only point I do get is M’Benga not becoming CMO… The other issues I do not share at all…

Cpt. Chin-Riley may either die at some point or get another command. Since we don’t see her on TOS, that isn’t an issue at all yet.

La’an bearing that infamous name may be adressed directly. Khan could have had many offsprings. Maybe she’s even an augment created from his DNA. That may be illegal but that could be the whole plot point. Who knows? It offers great opportunities.

Boyce probably has retired, Colt is an outdated role model and Tyler… well, he may be there, but not as a main character. There were many recurring characters on TOS…Probably didn’t do him because there already has been a Tyler on DSC…

M’Benga could have transfered to Vulcan for a tour, maybe further his studies at Vulcan Science Academy while Mc’Coy elsewhere becomes a hot shot MD. Plus Kirk could have requested McCoy from his past command.

Given that Mbenga was a specialist physician who McCoy asked to come back to the Enterprise to cover for him during an absence, it actually makes sense that he had previously served on the ship.

He could already be the CMO, and comes back to act. Bringing back former department heads for an assignment is often better than promoting someone on an acting basis in cases where specialized expertise or experience are crucial.

There’s no reason expect that he would have stayed on as CMO with a new captain. As a Vulcan specialist, he would want to be somewhere with more than one Vulcan patient in the long run, like the medical base that has been envisaged in the TOS back door pilot.

I’m coming around to the logic around this one.

I wonder if this series takes place after the events of the Cage. Boyce has retired, M’Benga will be “acting Chief Medical Officer” while they await the arrival of new personel. I said it jokingly in another comment but the finale could see new crewmembers arrive, including Chief Engineer Scott and CMO McCoy.

Give us something big to look forward to.

They already said the show takes place after the events of Discovery season 2. It would basically box them in if they started before that season or some crazy time jump later.

Yeah there are a lot of possibilities they could do.

Chin-Riley (not loving that name so far, but fine) could just be a Riker situation and get her own ship by the end of the series. Or yes, just die, but I think she will just get an opportunity to start fresh somewhere else. Or here is a CRAZY idea, maybe she just leaves Starfleet and does something else? I know seeing so many characters through the years where being part of Starfleet is basically like being part of a religion is almost sacrilege to leave, but yeah in the real world some people would just leave and do other things. Not exactly sexy I know but yeah that is actually possible (but no I don’t EVER see it happening lol).

Or this being Star Trek get lost in another universe or time period. ;)

M’Benga just may decide he doesn’t WANT to be CMO. I mean not everyone in life is concerned about moving up to the next rank or position. Maybe he just likes doing what he does and more concerned about his research instead of running sick bay on his own. It could just be that simple but it’s not exactly hard to find a reason for a character not being promoted.

La’an Noonien Singh now that’s not very simple and launches a huge can of worms lol. You can’t really get around that too much. IF Space Seed was just an obscure episode the way the episodes M’Benga showed up in TOS, then maybe they can just retcon whatever they wanted and no one cares. I know A Private Little War is famous, but it’s pretty self contained in general. But in this case they have to somehow tow the line that she is somehow related to Khan (and obviously she is or what would be the point) and yet surprised by who Khan is when he shows up in 10 years or whenever.

Honestly this is one of those things where you wonder WHY do they do this to themselves? Why give yourself this kind of extra work that is not needed? But we also know these people are real fanboys and girls and they clearly want a way to bring up Khan even in the vaguest ways possible so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Many are wondering will she be an augment herself, but I don’t see how that could be possible seeing how much Starfleet is so against genetic engineering. Up through the 24th century they are literally still jailing people who dabbles in it, but again we’ll see.

I didn’t really think about it that much because I was so excited for Uhura and Chapel coming back but yeah this one will be interesting for sure.

But most of these are not huge deals. The reality is with the exception of Spock NONE of these characters are developed much, even Uhura and Chapel. Their entire backgrounds are based on a few lines they said on the show mostly. The others were literally in just 1 or 2 episodes, so yeah. Like they done in every show they will probably just ignore or retcon a few things but overall they can do basically what they want for most of them.

I hope they bring in Boyce, Colt, and Tyler.. if only as minor characters on another shift. Colt for sure, she could have been a Tilly but as a non-commissioned officer. Maybe have an arc where Starfleet ends up not being her thing yet she endures because of her family legacy or something and finds happiness on a colony. Also I am pretty sure The Cage set it up where she had unresolved issues with Pike!

Uhura, Chapel, M’Benga wow! This looks great, what a thrill. I can’t stop smiling.

Excited and fascinated of the choice to bring back the Aenar and cast an actor who is blind in the role.

I must admit it’s the original characters more than the legacy ones that I’m looking forward to. Having more than half the cast be legacy characters seems overkill.

I’m also looking forward to see if any of the other bridge crew that we saw on the Enterprise in Discovery’s S2 finale are brought back.

Yes me too TG47!

In a weird way seeing an Aenar aboard got me the most excited lol. Because we still don’t know THAT much about them and it will be really fun to see how they are developed. When they appeared on Enterprise, they were really a fascinating species. Related to Andorians but have also evolved differently from them. The fact some have telepathic powers also made them more distinct.

It never occurred to me we would even see them again because they have been completely ignored in both the Kelvin movies and Discovery. That’s the beauty of Star Trek, eventually everything comes back again. It may take years, even decades lol, but it can happen.

I’m still looking for the day to see the Xindi show up again, maybe on this show or even on one of the 24th century shows or Discovery!

Agreed, having an aenar and developing the character grows the universe while having too many legacy characters just makes the universe smaller. I think M’ress or Arex would have worked better instead of Noonien-Singh and Uhura.

I really like having the opportunity to get to know new characters, but perhaps a fresh take on the episodic format will allow these characters the chance to lead the occasional episode.

Uhura and Chapel were mostly background in TOS. While Uhura got more line and time in the movies, it was actually TAS where she was given the opportunity to lead and shine.

So, depending on how they’re used it could work, especially as 10 episode seasons don’t give much opportunity to build out a large number of new characters. The creators may have felt that starting with characters that are somewhat but not deeply known would avoid the first season drag that Star Trek series often suffer from.

Interesting tidbit about Una Chin-Riley having some connection to another “legacy character”… If she was born a Riley married to a Chin she may actually have some relations to Kevin Riley from TOS. His parents were killed by Kodos on the Tarsus colony so maybe she’s his sister and an orphan, too.

La’an Noonien-Singh is also pretty exciting. Maybe she’s an offspring of Khan or of those 22nd century augments on ENT. Maybe she’s on a covert operation for Section 31. They have a thing for augments.

Also excited about Hemmer being played by an actual blind actor. The Aenar are blind, too, so this is yet another stance of authentic representation. The sad aspect: the actor has got the MUCH better name for a Star Trek character. I wish it was Horak played by Bruce Hemmer :-)

And as far as puns go: Horak is almost as near to Hulk as Bruce Hemmer is to Bruce Banner ;-)

I hope she’s not a direct offspring of Khan. She would have to be over 300 yrs old and even for an augment that is OLD. And also augments should not be serving in Starfleet.

How long before the hate starts pouring into this show? I can already see the dripping.

Why would I want to “hate” THAT show? It’s the closest thing to classic Trek one could ever hope for. Minor canon-violations, should they occur, don’t bother me at all.

I also do not “hate” DSC, especially after they have arrived in the future to be explored and fleshed out. The two issues I had with DSC were tech issues and the Klingon redesign…and some grizzly stuff in S1…

LDS is a mixed bag for me as my mind doesn’t “get” animated comedy. It’s so frantic and superficial. But I’m beginning to like the characters for what they are.

PIC is a bit of an issue, both stylistically and content-wise. The writing of S1 was just all over the place and the TV-MA aspects felt forced and overdone. The cursing admiral, Icheb, drinking smoking, taking drugs…It didn’t feel very Trek-ish. S2 quite obviously tries to get around those issues by placing it in an alternate timeline and in our present. That way, they can get down and dirty without contaminating the primeverse any further with their TV-MA shenanigans…

But SNW and PROD are the shows I’m looking forward to the most. The one brings back classic Trek, the other one appeals to my inner child… where is the pew-pew-pew-button :-)

JJ Trek is the best Classic Trek in my opinion. You haven’t seen anything of this show yet. This reminds me of when the first trailer of Picard aired.

This +1 If it’s action/adventure on the final frontier where inperfect people confront challenges – I am all in. Especially love when a starship is something special, not a dime a dozen, where they are on their own, and response from Starfleet Command is days away let alone reinforcements and any screw up on their part and half the quadrent ends up learning to speak Klingonese. I think shows with perfect people who play holodeck in hotels when they aren’t taking marching orders or having whatever they did made obsolete by reset buttons deserve some hard defendable scorn for being generic forgetable snoozefests.

I don’t think SNW will be perfect and frankly I wouldn’t be too shocked to see some of the same issues that plague both DIS and PIC seeing its by the same people. BUT I do think they have at least learned from their mistakes they made in DIS a lot more, at least in terms of how they deal with the prequel setting. Again, don’t expect it to be perfect…but better.

And yes DIS is just a better show being in the 32nd century. It should’ve been a post-Nemsis show from the start, but they wanted the TOS tie ins. Now they have the best of both worlds. SNW can REALLY tie in to TOS as much as they want basically and it won’t feel so forced while DIS can just be its own thing and actually create new canon the way TNG did when it premiered. And if you still hate that show it’s VERY easy to ignore it now lol. For me however, I’m just happy to finally see a new time period explored and going forward again.

That’s what is fun about all these shows though, they really can be their own thing on one hand but dig into nostalgia or canon when they want, especially all the 24th century shows. Between the three of those, they have an embarrassment of riches of taking whatever they want from the TNG era in terms of characters and storylines but STILL be their own thing.

And since none of them take place at the same time as each other they can put their own stamp on whatever they want (well SNW still can’t as much but that’s OK too now).

Uniforms are such an improvement

Hoping this is good, but very disapointed there seems to be no Dr. Boyce. His relationship with Pike was well established and memorable.

I’m pumped for this, now we need a premier date.

nice…looking forward to this one.

Surprised at how excited I am for this given TOS is well, it’s a product of its time, but Pike, Spock and Una were such highlights of Discovery season 2 that it’ll be a joy seeing them again.

Hopefully there’s a nice juicy lost era plot.

Could the new series’ timeline might be happening before Pike and company met the crew of Discovery? Or do we know for sure this will follow after Discovery disappeared?

I just don’t see it taking place before season 2 of Discovery. They would have to do a time jump at some point and they would have to adhere to stuff like the DIscovery uniforms (not the crew but Starfleet in general). I’m pretty sure its after Discovery jumps through the wormhole.

And we know Uhura or Chapel wasn’t on the ship then.

La’aaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The costumes look great — and Peck looks so much better as Spock here (love the hair). I kind of hoped they wouldn’t have red for security, as per the first twoTOS pilots – but it looks fine.

The sets look brighter/cleaner than the Disco versions, from the little shown here –which is great.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Season 3: Cast, Story, Updates

Quick links, star trek: strange new worlds season 3 is now filming, when star trek: strange new worlds season 3 could premiere on paramount plus, what star trek: strange new worlds season 3 could be about, star trek: strange new worlds is renewed for season 4, latest news about star trek: strange new worlds season 3.

  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 filming began in December 2023 and is expected to last until May 2024.
  • Strange New Worlds season 3 likely won't premiere until 2025 but the show has been renewed for season 4.
  • Season 3 will explore the fate of Captain Batel and the captured Enterprise crew, as well as introduce Nurse Chapel's fianc Roger Korby, and other exciting storylines.

Anticipation is high for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 following season 2's nail-biting cliffhanger. Strange New Worlds season 2's finale, "Hegemony," saw Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and the crew of the USS Enterprise defy Starfleet orders to rescue Captain Marie Batel (Melanie Scrofano) and the colonists of the planet Parnassus Beta. By the end of Strange New Worlds ' thrilling season 2 finale, Lt. La'an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong), Lt. Sam Kirk (Dan Jeannotte, Dr. Joseph M'Benga (Babs Olusanmokun), and Lt. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) are captured by the Gorn and Batel has become a host to the terrifying alien species' parasitic eggs.

When the cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds returns in season 3, it will be to a very different Star Trek on Paramount+ landscape. Star Trek: Discover y will have ended with season 5, essentially passing the torch to Strange New Worlds as the flagship Star Trek on Paramount+ live-action series. Star Trek: Lower Decks also will have ended with season 5. The next Star Trek series, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy , will begin production in fall 2024. The first made-for-streaming Star Trek on Paramount+ movie, Star Trek: Section 31 starring Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh, is completed and awaits a Paramount+ premiere date. But it's safe to say Strange New Worlds will be the franchise's new crown jewel series, especially after the positive reception to season 2.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Ending & Cliffhanger Explained

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2's finale nailbiter brings back the fearsome Gorn and ends with Captain Pike facing an impossible choice.

Production started in December 2023 and is expected to last until May 2024

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 was ready to begin filming in May 2023, but production was halted and delayed for 7 months thanks to the dual Writer's Guild and SAG-AFTRA strikes. When the picketing was over, Strange New Worlds season 3 production finally began filming in December and is expected to last until May 2024 . Producing director Chris Fisher is directing Strange New Worlds season 3's premiere, which will resolve Strange New Worlds season 2's Gorn cliffhanger. Fisher directed Strange New Worlds season 1's finale , "A Quality of Mercy," and Strange New Worlds season 2's premiere, "The Broken Circle."

Other directors lined up for Strange New Worlds season 3 are Jordan Canning, who helmed Strange New Worlds season 3, episode 2, and Dan Liu, who takes over for Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 3. Canning directed the Vulcan comedy romp Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 5, "Charades," while Liu helmed the tense Strange New Worlds season 1, episode 4, "Memento Mori," and Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 6, "Lost in Translation." In addition, Jonathan Frakes will direct a "Hollywood noir" episode of Strange New Worlds season 3 after he was lauded for directing Strange New Worlds ' comedy crossover with Star Trek: Lower Decks .

The other Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 directors are Valerie Weiss, Sharon Lewis, Andrew Coutts, and Maja Vrvilo.

The wait for Strange New Worlds season 3 will likely last until 2025.

Realistically, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 probably won't premiere on Paramount+ until some time in 2025 . When filming finally wraps in May 2024, post-production and visual effects for Strange New Worlds season 3's 10 episodes will take time to complete. Further, Paramount+ will need Strange New Worlds season 3 as the centerpiece of Star Trek in its 2025 schedule. However, this doesn't stop eager audience members from hoping Strange New Worlds season 3 could split its release and drop the first episodes by the end of 2024, mainly so that they can see the resolution of Strange New Worlds season 2's cliffhanger .

Expect more "big swings" from Strange New Worlds season 3

As well as resolving the fate of Captain Batel and the captured Starship Enterprise crew, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has already set up multiple storylines for season 3 . One of the biggest storylines will be the arrival of Nurse Christine Chapel's (Jess Bush) fiance Roger Korby which will create new a love triangle involving Lt. Spock (Ethan Peck). Other big storylines set up in Strange New Worlds season 2 include Dr. M'Benga and his dark secrets from the Klingon War, the impending fatherhood of Lieutenant James T. Kirk (Paul Wesley), and Kirk's promotion to Commander aboard the USS Farragut. Scotty (Martin Quinn) also joined the cast of Strange New Worlds and could recur in season 3.

The USS Enterprise will have a new Science Lab in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3.

Viewers can also expect some big genre swings to follow in the footsteps of Star Trek 's first-ever musical episode and the animated crossover with Star Trek: Lower Decks . Already announced is Strange New Worlds season 3's "Hollywood Noir" episode directed by Jonathan Frakes. Most excitingly for fans of Star Trek: The Original Series will be a chance to see the young Montgomery Scott learn and grow into the USS Enterprise's legendary Chief Engineer. There are still at least six years before Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) takes command of the Starship Enterprise giving Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 plenty of ground to cover when it returns.

Expect Strange New Worlds to help celebrate Star Trek's 60th anniversary

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds received an early season 4 renewal from Paramount+. Although Strange New Worlds season 4 won't film back-to-back like Strange New Worlds seasons 1 and 2 did, it's possible that production for the show's fourth season could begin in late 2024 or in 2025 after a hiatus. This projects Strange New Worlds season 2 to premiere on Paramount+ in 2026, which would help mark Star Trek 's 60th anniversary. Given that very little has been revealed about season 3, it's too early to tell what Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 4 will be about, but it's thrilling to know that more voyages of Captain Pike's Starship Enterprise are assured.

All episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds are streaming now on Paramount+

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A Retrospective Look At Peter David’s Hidden Gem, The Star Trek: New Frontier Series

March 21, 2024 by Daniella Acera 3 Comments

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Peter David’s “New Frontier” Star Trek book series stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the beloved sci-fi franchise. Born out of David’s deep love for Star Trek and his desire to explore uncharted territory within its vast universe, the New Frontier series has captivated fans with its rich storytelling, compelling characters, and imaginative world-building.

The genesis of the Star Trek: New Frontier series can be traced back to 1997 when Pocket Books approached Peter David with the idea of creating a new Star Trek novel series that would break away from the established continuity of the television shows and films. Peter David saw this as an opportunity to craft a narrative that would push the boundaries of what was possible within the Star Trek universe, allowing him to introduce new characters and storylines while still remaining true to the core themes and values of the franchise.

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The first installment of the Star Trek: New Frontier series, “House of Cards,” was published in 1997 and introduced readers to Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, a starship tasked with exploring the uncharted regions of the galaxy known as the “New Frontier.” With its diverse cast of characters, intricate plots, and Peter David’s signature wit and humor, “House of Cards” quickly became a fan favorite and laid the foundation for what would become one of the most beloved Star Trek book series of all time.

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Over the years, the Star Trek: New Frontier series has expanded to include over 20 novels, several short stories, and even a comic book miniseries. Through its sprawling narrative, Peter David has explored themes of identity, morality, and the nature of exploration, while also delving into the personal lives of the crew members of the Excalibur. From the enigmatic Captain Calhoun to the brilliant and resourceful Doctor Selar, each character brings their own unique perspective and struggles to the story, creating a dynamic and engaging ensemble cast.

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One of the most notable aspects of the New Frontier series is its ability to seamlessly integrate elements from across the Star Trek canon, incorporating characters and concepts from both the television shows and films into its own mythology. From encounters with familiar faces like Captain Picard and Commander Riker to explorations of iconic locations such as the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Neutral Zone, Peter David has crafted a narrative that feels both fresh and familiar to fans of the franchise.

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Throughout its run, the Star Trek: New Frontier series has garnered widespread acclaim from both fans and critics alike. Readers have praised David’s ability to craft compelling narratives, create memorable characters, and explore new corners of the Star Trek universe with wit and imagination. The series has been lauded for its innovative storytelling, its diverse representation of characters, and its willingness to tackle complex themes and issues.

As the Star Trek: New Frontier series continues to expand and evolve, its legacy within the Star Trek universe remains secure. With its rich cast of characters, bold exploration of new frontiers, and unwavering commitment to the spirit of adventure and discovery, Peter David’s New Frontier stands as a shining example of Star Trek’s enduring power to inspire and captivate audiences across the galaxy.

What do you think of Peter David’s Star Trek: New Frontier? Leave a comment and let us know.

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I didn’t know he wrote all these books. They’re probably very good. I have Q-Squared and love it. I think I even got it signed.

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These books are lousy. Snarky fan wank small universe stuff with a Gary Stu main character. Some of his earlier trek works were very good, but New Frontier is just bad. They are leaps and bounds better than modern Star Trek, but so is explosive diarrhea.

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Also, Peter David is a virulent leftist scumbag. It warms my heart to see that he is currently going through some major health problems.

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‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’: The Frontier Is Waiting for Pike, Spock & Number One (PHOTO)

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Captain Christopher Pike ( Anson Mount ), Number One ( Rebecca Romijn ), and Science Office Spock ( Ethan Peck ) are (finally) ready to explore  Strange New Worlds … including the frontier? (The series was first announced in May 2020.)

Paramount+ has unveiled the teaser art for the newest series in the  Star Trek Universe, and as it tells us, “The frontier is waiting.” Strange New Worlds premieres on May 5, with episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays. (And the good news is those episodes won’t be it: It’s already been renewed for Season 2 !) Check it out in full below.

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The new series is based on the years Captain Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the years before Captain Kirk boarded, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. Mount, Romijn, and Peck are all reprising the roles they played in  Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (in 2019). The cast also includes Celia Rose Gooding (as Cadet Nyota Uhura), Jess Bush (as Nurse Christine Chapel), Babs Olusanmokun (as Dr. M’Benga), Christina Chong (as La’an Noonien-Singh), Melissa Navia (as Lt. Erica Ortegas), and Bruce Horak (as Hemmer).

The series premiere was written by Akiva Goldsman, with the story by Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers serve as co-showrunners, with Goldsman directing the premiere episode. Joining Goldsman, Kurtzman, and Lumet as executive producers are Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, and Aaron Baiers. The series is produced by CBS Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

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'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Cast Reveals the Rest of the Enterprise Crew (VIDEO)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is joining other shows in the universe on Paramount+ including  Discovery (resuming its fourth season on February 10 and renewed for a fifth),  Picard (premiering its second season on March 3 and renewed for a third),  Lower Decks (returning in summer 2022 with its third season and renewed for a fourth), and  Prodigy (airing its first season and renewed for a second).

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New Frontier was created in 1997 by Pocket Books Editor John Ordover and writer Peter David. It was considered to be an experiment, to see how readers would react to novels which did not center on major characters or the settings featured in the television series.

Ordover conceived of New Frontier as an analogue to the post-Soviet USSR , where numerous forces once kept in check by the central government began to battle to fill the power vacuum, and old conflicts begin to resurface. ( Voyages of Imagination )

David created three original characters for New Frontier novels: Mackenzie Calhoun , formerly known as M'k'n'zy of Calhoun, leader of the Xenexian rebellion against the alien Danteri ; Si Cwan , a former Thallonian nobleman now out of power; and Burgoyne 172 , the Hermat Chief Engineer of the USS Excalibur . Three more characters -- Soleta , Zak Kebron , and Mark McHenry -- were created by David for his trilogy of Starfleet Academy novels featuring Worf , and brought back to the new series as adult officers. Elizabeth Shelby , Robin Lefler , and Dr. Selar were also included due to their status as "one-shot favorites" of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans.

The first four titles were released as shorter (and cheaper) "chapbooks", in much the same manner as Stephen King's The Green Mile was originally published the year prior. These four books were later re-released in a single hardbound omnibus .

The New Frontier series has been quite successful, and includes some of the best selling of the recent Star Trek novels. Its success is directly responsible for other similar lit-only Trek series, such as Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers and Star Trek: IKS Gorkon .

New Frontier stories regularly appear in crossover miniseries and short story anthologies. The series has also expanded into the realm of comics; In 2000 WildStorm Comics published the first New Frontier comic and approached David about creating a second but lost the license before that came to fruition. In 2008 the new comics licenser, IDW Publishing , approached David about a new New Frontier comics project, resulting in the publication of a five-part miniseries. [1]

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21st century New Frontier logotype.

Beginning in July of 2015 , New Frontier returned in a series of eBooks published by Pocket. [2]

Characters [ ]

  • Mackenzie Calhoun
  • Elizabeth Shelby
  • Burgoyne 172
  • Mark McHenry
  • Robin Lefler
  • Morgan Primus
  • Katerina Mueller
  • Xyon of Calhoun
  • Kalinda Cwan
  • Tania Tobias
  • Romeo Takahashi

Published order [ ]

Chronological order [ ].

  • No Limits : " A Lady of Xenex "
  • No Limits : " Lefler's Logs " (Logs run through to 2364)
  • No Limits : " Turning Point "
  • No Limits : " Waiting For G'Doh "
  • No Limits : " Revelations "
  • No Limits : " Out of the Frying Pan "
  • No Limits : " Alice, on the Edge of Night "
  • No Limits : " All That Glisters... "
  • No Limits : " Performance Appraisal "
  • No Limits : " Oil and Water "
  • No Limits : " Singularity "
  • No Limits : " 'Q'uandary "
  • No Limits : " Loose Ends "
  • No Limits : " Through the Looking Glass "
  • No Limits : " Making a Difference "
  • House of Cards
  • Into the Void
  • The Two-Front War
  • Fire on High
  • The Captain's Table #5: Once Burned
  • Double Time (Story begins after Once Burned and concludes at the beginning of Double or Nothing )
  • Tales of the Dominion War : " Stone Cold Truths "
  • Double Helix #5: Double or Nothing
  • The Quiet Place
  • Dark Allies
  • Renaissance
  • Restoration
  • No Limits : " The Road to Edos "
  • No Limits : " A Little Getaway "
  • Gateways #6: Cold Wars
  • Gateways #7: What Lay Beyond : " Death After Life "
  • Being Human
  • Stone and Anvil
  • No Limits : " Redemption "
  • Tales from the Captain's Table : " Pain Management "
  • After the Fall
  • Missing in Action
  • Blind Man's Bluff
  • The Returned, Part 1
  • The Returned, Part 2
  • The Returned, Part 3

Omnibuses [ ]

  • New Frontier - Collector's Edition Hardcover of Books 1-4.
  • Prometheans - Exclusive book club hardcover omnibus of Martyr and Fire on High .

Related works [ ]

  • Starfleet Academy - Trilogy featuring Kebron, Soleta, and McHenry as classmates of Worf at Starfleet Academy.
  • Worf's First Adventure
  • Line of Fire
  • Vendetta - Features Korsmo and Shelby, referenced in House of Cards .
  • Imzadi II - Cameo by Shelby and Excalibur.
  • Gateways : Doors Into Chaos and Demons of Air and Darkness - Cameo by Calhoun and Shelby via holoconference (concurrent with Cold Wars ).
  • Q & A - Cameo by Shelby on Space Station Bravo .
  • Before Dishonor - Cameo by Calhoun and the Excalibur .

Appendices [ ]

Connections [ ], references [ ].

  • ↑ NF novels : The Returned, Part 1 , The Returned, Part 2 , The Returned, Part 3

External links [ ]

  • Star Trek: New Frontier article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
  • Star Trek: New Frontier article at Wikipedia , the free encyclopedia.
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  • 2 Odyssey class

Interview: Writer Peter David Talks Trek for 'New Frontier' Miniseries

Interview: Writer Peter David Talks Trek for 'New Frontier' Miniseries

In 1997, “StarTrek” fans got something new.

That was the year that Pocket Books launched its “Star Trek: New Frontier”novel line, the first series of books not directly tied to an existingTrek franchise , or likewise, beholden to any specific Trek continuity. Theseries introduced a largely unknown cast, though there were cameos by knowncharacters as well as the presence of Lt. Commander (now Admiral) ElizabethShelby who first appeared in “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” ‘The Best ofBoth Worlds’ episodes.

The originalidea for the series is credited to then-PocketBooks editor John Ordover, and writer Peter David has written every novelin the series, which at this point stands at just under 20. The books, andlater comics, revolve around a new starship - the USS Excalibur - and itscaptain Mackenzie Calhoun as they watch over a space sector in turmoil afterthe collapse of an alien empire.

This month, New Frontier comes to comics once again, as part of IDWPublishing’s “Star Trek: ‘Second Stage’” initiative for the property, withDavid at the helm. Joined by artist Stephen Thompson, David will officiallycontinue the stories of the USS Excalibur and Calhoun in a five-issue limitedseries entitled “Turnaround.”

“The advantage of playing in the Star Trek universe is that you have access tothat vast reservoir of possibilities, not to mention an existing audience base,”David told Newsarama [ Full Interview ]. “Thedisadvantage is that you really can't change any of the characters...exceptthat's not an issue in New Frontier. Characters can come and go, get married,get divorced, give birth, die. So it's really--no joke intended--the best ofboth worlds.”

“Turnaround”is the first New Frontier comic since “Double Time,” also penned by David,seven years ago and features a storyline drawn up especially for the newminiseries. It picks up where the last New Frontier novel, “Missing in Action,”left off, David said.

“When wefirst introduced New Frontier, we had a core cast of characters and they wereall on the Excalibur,” David said. “As time as progressed, a number of themhave moved on to different venues, as happens in life.”

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Readerswill not only learn more about the evolution of New Frontier’s characters, butalso be treated to a mix of themes familiar to the series’ die-hard fans.

“Itfeatures the full range of seriousness and humor that is integral to NewFrontier, ranging from Calhoun witnessing the gut-wrenching and brutal death ofa key New Frontier cast member, to the mountainous Zak Kebron endeavoring toextract information from an unwilling individual by making him sit through aslide show of every vacation Kebron's family ever went on,” said David, addingthat the series will answer some of the series’ long-standing questions. “It'sa can't-miss for longtime New Frontier fans.”

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Star Trek: Frontiers, an upcoming release from WizKids, will put a fresh spin on the popular board game, Mage Knight. As with the Mage Knight board game, Star Trek: Frontiers will allow players to explore areas that are different and new every time they play.

"I can't wait for Star Trek fans to start commanding their Federation and Klingon ships as they encounter Romulan Warbirds, send carefully chosen away teams down to unknown planets, and challenge the might of the Borg,” said Frontiers game designer, Andrew Parks.

“The Star Trek universe opens up a huge variety of thematic options for a designer, and I specifically hope fans of Star Trek will enjoy the work that Andrew has done to bring the system to the world of Star Trek ,” said Vlaada Chvátil, creator of the original Mage Knight.

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Star Trek: Frontiers players will follow multiple scenarios leading them on a journey into the unknown. They will earn Experience Points and further their Reputation as a Captain while commanding their Ship, recruiting new Crew Members and encountering some of the undiscovered mysteries of space.

The Star Trek: Frontiers board game features both competitive and cooperative scenarios and is designed for 1 to 4 players. Solo game scenarios are also included at the end of the Full Rulebook.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for details about the game's release. And for more information on Star Trek: Frontiers , visit WizkidsGames.com .

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The series was first announced under the title Slingshot , but David decided to change the series title after early solicitations had been released.

A trade paperback was released 29 October 2008 .

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  • Based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry .
  • Peter David (#1-5)
  • Stephen Thompson (#1-5)
  • Leonard O'Grady (#1-5)
  • John Hunt (#3)
  • Neil Uyetake (#1-2)
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  • Scott Dunbier (#4-5)
  • " Turnaround, Part I "
  • " Turnaround, Part II "
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This Star Trek Movie Has The Highest Rotten Tomatoes Score In The Franchise

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Rotten Tomatoes is the final film frontier for any movie that wants to get a good reception. For the most part, whether it's because of the captain or the crew they're commanding, the "Star Trek" adventures have been met with favorable receptions from audiences and critics alike. Of all the big-screen entries that have taken to the skies, though, it's J.J. Abrams' initial outing that stands as the highest-rated movie on the review aggregator site.

Beaming in with an impressive 94%, the 2009 film, which sees a new cast take over the Enterprise and makes the Romulans bald , is top of the "Star Trek" movie list. Rotten Tomatoes ' critical consensus reads, "'Star Trek' reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike." The praise lines up with the film's box-office receipts, which earned a domestic opening of $75 million, the highest for a "Star Trek" movie.

Unsurprisingly, the film was followed up with two sequels: "Star Trek Into Darkness" in 2013, which surpassed it at the worldwide box office, and "Star Trek Beyond" in 2016 ( the "Star Trek" film that left Chris Pine with a real black eye ), which trailed slightly behind it across the globe. The success ensured that there was still enough energy in the engine room for a fourth entry to go into development, albeit one that has yet to come up on the scanners, including those of Pine himself.

Chris Pine wants back in the captain's chair for Star Trek 4

Ever since the relatively modest success of "Star Trek Beyond," a fourth installment for the crew of the Kelvin timeline has always been on the cards, but developing it has been a mission in itself. For James T. Kirk actor Chris Pine, it's as much of a waiting game as it is for fans. Speaking to Business Insider this month, Pine admitted he did not know the state of "Star Trek 4": "I honestly don't know. There was something in the news of a new writer coming on board. I thought there was already a script, but I guess I was wrong, or they decided to pivot. As it's always been with 'Trek,' I just wait and see."

The new writer in question is Steve Yockey, who was brought on in March and whose credits include penning episodes for "Supernatural" as well as writing "The Flight Attendant." Those credits alone make for an interesting collection of out-there ideas that could make him a good fit in the world of "Star Trek." Just what story details that will include is unknown. For some time, it was rumored that Kirk would travel back in time and find himself on an adventure alongside his own father, who in this era is played by Chris Hemsworth. Seeing the two together on screen would certainly make for a monumental entry in the franchise, but for now, the Enterprise will have to remain docked until anything else develops.

Every Enterprise Captain In Star Trek, Ranked

There is no ship more venerated in Star Trek than the Enterprise, and many officers have served as captain, but how do they rank against each other?

There have been many captains and leaders in the Star Trek universe over two dozen films and series across its six-decade history. However, there is no more storied command than those who get to captain the USS Enterprise. However, not all captains are created equal, and some who've earned that position has done it better than others.

For some of the Starfleet officers on this list, the vast majority of their heroics and adventures remain only in the imaginations of fans. Some were only seen on their worst days, and others have iconic Star Trek episodes or films made about their best days. In ranking the captains of the USS Enterprise, the focus will remain on those who were given official command.

10 Fleet Admiral Elizabeth Shelby Had Ambition and a Short Tenure in the Center Seat

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Admiral Elizabeth Shelby doesn't really rate highly, but her time commanding the USS Enterprise-F was significant. Introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation 's "All Good Things," she was an ambitious, career-driven expert on the Borg who clashed with Commander Will Riker, especially after his captain was assimilated into Locutus of Borg . Naturally, he was saved from that fate, and Shelby went onto a successful career in Starfleet.

Fans didn't see her again until Frontier Day, the anniversary of the launch of the NX-01 Enterprise in Star Trek: Picard Season 3. Ironically, her desire to network all the Starfleet vessels in operation allowed the Borg to more successfully assimilate Starfleet than they ever had before. The last anyone saw of her, she was seated in the captain's chair of the Enterprise-F shot multiple times by phaser fire . According to showrunner Terry Matalas, however, "she might be alright."

9 Captain Edward Jellico Was a Unique Leader, but a Wrong Fit for the Enterprise

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One of the fiercest Star Trek fan debates is whether Edward Jellico was actually a good captain or not. He took command of the USS Enterprise-D when Captain Picard was sent on a deep-cover, top-secret mission investigating Cardassians. This led to the famous "There are Four Lights!" episode , after all. However, good captain or not, he wasn't particularly good for the crew of the Enterprise .

As captain, Picard kept an open-door policy, often willing to hear the complaints and suggestions of his crew. Jellico was no such leader. In fact, he couldn't stand Will Riker. He took wild risks, and his confidence bordered on arrogance . Yet, his strategy successfully prevented a Cardassian invasion and, at the very least, he got Deanna Troi in her Starfleet uniform instead of her civilian attire.

8 John Harriman's Best Act as Captain Was Asking for Help

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Like Captain Jellico, John Harriman was another USS Enterprise captain in the shadow of one far greater than he could ever be. As the first commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-B, an Excelsior class ship , he had to follow in the footsteps of none other than James T. Kirk. The shakedown cruise for the Enterprise-B was a media event, with Kirk, Scotty and Chekov on the bridge to mark the occasion, in Star Trek: Generations . The movie was about passing the "torch" to Star Trek: The Next Generation's cast, but this cruise was all about Harriman.

Once the Enterprise-B got a distress call about passenger vessels trapped in what fans soon learned was "the Nexus," it was clear he was out of his depth. Unlike Jellico, who did things his own way, Harriman was not too confident (or arrogant) to ask for help . In allowing Captain Kirk to spring into action, the ship was able to rescue some of the survivors. However, for the rest of Harriman's time in command, he would be known as the captain who got James T. Kirk killed .

7 Captain Seven of Nine and the USS Enterprise-G Has Yet to Be Told

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Even though her story as USS Enterprise captain hasn't been told yet, Seven of Nine's legacy in Star Trek is a big one. First introduced in Season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager , Seven of Nine is Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek ideal personified . She was "born" from the most vicious and intransigent enemy Starfleet ever knew, and is now the captain of the ninth Starfleet vessel to bear that storied name. In other words, she's the "seventh of the ninth."

While Paramount's financial future is questionable, they should still immediately greenlight Star Trek: Legacy , the spinoff series that would follow Seven of Nine's command. Through Voyager , Picard and even in her expanded universe stories, Seven of Nine is a remarkable character. She's survived more than most Starfleet officers. Even though she lost faith in the organization (as they lost faith in her), she remains committed to its highest ideals . As Captain Shaw said in his holographic message, "the book she writes" will be one every Star Trek fan will read until the pages crumble from the bindings.

6 Christopher Pike Was a Good Leader, but Couldn't Hold on to His Ship

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Other than his time in the Kelvin Timeline, Christopher Pike was a reluctant captain . In both the first failed Star Trek pilot and the pilot of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , Pike doesn't really want to be the captain. He felt the weight of responsibility, both for the lives of the crew and, later, his own life, too heavily. However, Captain Pike also represented the best of Starfleet and was quite good at his job .

The character as seen in Star Trek: Discovery and Strange New Worlds is where he's been most defined. He's deferential to his crew more so than any other captain, save perhaps for Jean-Luc Picard. Unlike his 24th Century counterpart, Pike knows better than most how the whole of Star Trek 's future hangs on his every decision. Yet, with honor and bravery, he and the crew of the USS Enterprise still boldly go towards the unknown, ready to face whatever problems they find.

5 Jonathan Archer Made Mistakes, but Showed the Best of Humanity, Too

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It was a long road getting from Star Trek: The Original Series to Enterprise , the prequel series about the first Starfleet vessel to bear the name. A ship with so much potential needed a captain of equal measure who could stand and face the unknown in the galaxy without fear. That was Captain Jonathan Archer, and though he wasn't perfect, he was the leader the future Federation needed.

During Archer's time as the Enterprise's captain, there was no blueprint for his job, no one whom he could ask for advice or orders. He made many mistakes, particularly when the NX-01 Enterprise went to war in Season 3. Yet, he was also the leader who showed the larger galaxy that humanity belonged among the stars and helped to create the United Federation of Planets .

4 Starfleet's Red Lady, Rachel Garrett, Understood the Burden of Command

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While not the first woman to captain a ship on-screen, Rachel Garrett was the first woman to command one named USS Enterprise. In Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode 15, "Yesterday's Enterprise," she accidentally found her way into the 24th Century face-to-face with her successor. This episode, more than any others, explains how time travel works in Star Trek , because the moment she arrived everything changed.

Yet, for all she did before becoming captain (some of which fans will see in Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek movie ), she earned her place among the legends in what she did next. Knowing she would likely face certain death, she chose to go back to where she belonged on the off chance it would make for a better future . However, she never got the chance to find out for sure.

3 Richard Castillo Was a Starship Captain for 12 Minutes, and He Saved the Future

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Another Starfleet officer lost from his own time, Richard Castillo began "Yesterday's Enterprise" as a Lieutenant. He ended the episode as the captain of the ship, and he knew he was taking the USS Enterprise-C into certain destruction . It was the last order of Captain Garrett, but he had the courage and strength of character to follow it.

While audiences don't really know what happened when the Enterprise-C made it back to her time, they can guess. The timeline reverted to what it had been, meaning he and the ship did her job. They sacrificed themselves for a future they'd never get to see, because the future they did wasn't one worth saving.

2 Jean-Luc Picard Was Never Better Than on the Bridge of the Enterprise

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In all but two episodes of the revival series Star Trek: Picard , the titular hero is not in command of a starship. While this series has its merits ( even Picard Season 2 ), Jean-Luc Picard is only truly at his best when in command of the USS Enterprise. Over the seven seasons of The Next Generation to the four films that followed, almost no one was better suited for command. While he did resign in protest from Starfleet twice (in Insurrection and before Picard Season 1), he did so because the organization failed to live up to its own ideals.

What makes Captain Picard perfect for the job is both his wits and ability to strategize his way out of a problem. It's also how willing he is to delegate responsibility . Unlike most Star Trek series lead captains, he doesn't have to go on every away mission. Yet, when it is time for the captain to stand up and do the job, he's the one who will make sure history never forgets the name "Enterprise."

1 Captain James T. Kirk Was the Original and Best for a Reason

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From talking no fewer than four computers to death to risking his career and making Starfleet an enemy just to save Spock , there is no one like Captain James T. Kirk . In "Naked Time" (an episode in Season 1 of Star Trek: The Original Series) , the episode ends with Kirk professing his love for the USS Enterprise. "Never lose you," he swears, "never," but of course, he does

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , he has to self-destruct the ship. Immediately filled with regret, Dr. McCoy reminds him that he turned certain "death into a fighting chance to live." Even in newer stories, like the 2009 Star Trek movie or even Strange New Worlds , the USS Enterprise needs Kirk on the bridge.

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The Star Trek universe encompasses multiple series, each offering a unique lens through which to experience the wonders and perils of space travel. Join Captain Kirk and his crew on the Original Series' voyages of discovery, encounter the utopian vision of the Federation in The Next Generation, or delve into the darker corners of galactic politics in Deep Space Nine. No matter your preference, there's a Star Trek adventure waiting to ignite your imagination.

15 Years Ago, J.J. Abrams Broke — And Then Saved — the Star Trek Universe

Star Trek is the rare sexy reboot that actually helped its flailing franchise.

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The late 2000s suffered from a sci-fi vacuum, at least when it came to mainstream franchises. The Star Wars saga had seemingly ended (save for animated fare like The Clone Wars ), and its biggest competitor, Star Trek, wasn’t faring too well either. It had been years since a new Trek series had captured the public imagination, and the fandom was running on nostalgic fumes.

Many recognizable properties have done more with less , and there’s nothing inherently wrong with using nostalgia to give a big intellectual property a second life. But in 2009, Star Trek chose to go a different way. J.J. Abrams — then best known for Alias and Lost — was chosen to reboot Star Trek on the big screen.

Rather than turning to the franchise’s expansive lore, Abrams’ take on Trek was much more dynamic. The non-stop, manic action he’d tested in Mission: Impossible 3 was on full display in Star Trek , albeit filtered through a glossier lens. It felt like Abrams came into his own with this outing; the director angled for a cool, modern reboot that seemed in line with the revisionist stylings of 2008’s Iron Man . He delivered in spades thanks to some much-memed lens flare, an alternate-history angle, and some late-aughts sex appeal.

In hindsight, Star Trek is the quintessential sexy reboot. Trek has never shied away from romantic tension, nor have its shows neglected to capitalize on the inherent appeal of its most popular characters. Still, the 2009 film had the juice to attract a younger audience, one that had never approached the final frontier from such an earnest perspective.

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Star Trek’ s updated cast brought the property into the 21st century without stepping on the original’s toes.

Star Trek went out of its way to recast its core group in the image of the era, tapping bombastic, lithe actors on the cusp of fame. It even featured a few almost-sex scenes, a rarity for the franchise. But it was all a ploy to contextualize the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise anew, giving them modern sensibilities and more “human” desires. This updated cast was hot, but also hot-blooded. They felt things more deeply than their predecessors in The Original Series, and that extended to love and sex as much as their first mission.

Abrams has always introduced characters with visceral, masterful skill, and it’s no different here. He positions James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), known to most as the steadfast captain of the Enterprise , as the last person who should be granted a leadership role. He’s cavalier, headstrong, and suffering from serious daddy issues, the complete inverse of his future First Officer, Spock (Zachary Quinto). Their first brush at Starfleet Academy is framed as a blip, but they have many more opportunities to clash — and inspire a fervent new wave of fanfiction — in the adventure to come.

What makes Star Trek such a compelling reboot is its freedom from canon . The story begins when a Romulan ship accidentally drifts into a wormhole, creating a branched timeline and altering events diehard Trek fans know by heart. “Whatever our lives might have been,” Spock says, “our destinies have changed.” That’s as concerning as it is exhilarating; none of our heroes are safe. By that logic, though, they also feel more alive than ever before.

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There’s an urgency to Star Trek’s character dynamics that brings some much-needed friction to the franchise.

Kirk doesn’t come to captain the Enterprise or befriend Spock in the way anyone expects, but there’s still an inevitability to the adventure that unfolds. Watching this cast gravitate towards one other and fit together in different ways is satisfying whether you’re familiar with canon or not. Their sex appeal is, again, helpful, as it brings a steamy friction to the screen. But each cast member is dialed in: they bring desire and urgency to every beat, be it a mile-a-minute action piece or a quiet bonding moment between frenemies.

Star Trek is charged from top to bottom, and it’s just as concerned with meaningful character development as high-tech space battles. You can’t get a new generation to invest in a franchise without giving them something to care about, and Abrams — with the help of screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — understood that better than most. Star Trek reminds us that these heroes bleed, love, and make mistakes. In bringing the Enterprise crew back to square one, the film also resets the stakes. That instinct restored the beating heart of a franchise that was close to fading into legend, and gave everyone something tangible to root for.

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Star Trek: New Frontier is a series of novels from the Star Trek Expanded Universe written by Peter David . Set contemporaneously with Star Trek: The Next Generation , it follows the most badass captain in Starfleet history, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, and his rather unorthodox crew in their journeys of Sector 221-G, Thallonian Space. The Thallonian Empire has fallen, and Calhoun and crew have been sent in to show the flag, and hopefully get the region back on its feet.

The series uses a combination of original characters and guest stars from the TV series. Other than borrowing some one-shot characters, there is little connection betweeen this series and Star Trek Canon . This fact allowed a freedom to let characters grow, change and even die years before the mainstream Trek lit settled into a more inventive phase (which was not allowed to fully let loose until after Star Trek: Nemesis ). Basically, New Frontier was ahead of its time by Trek standards. There is also a very strong continuity to the stories that is nigh impossible with a series written by many authors, as David has written every novel and most of the short stories in the series. Many of the earlier books have a very strong Soap Opera feel to them as well, something that is pretty much unique in the Star Trek universe.

The Excalibur crew consisted of:

  • Captain Mackenzie Calhoun: The Captain and The Ace who was a warlord of a planet of Human Aliens that overthrew The Empire .
  • Elizabeth Shelby: An immigrant from TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds" who was Mac's Number One and ex-lover.
  • Burgoyne 172: A hermaphroditic alien who is the chief engineer and in love with Selar.
  • Soleta: A Expy of Saavik (half-Romulan, half-Vulcan) who serves as science officer.
  • Zak Kebron: An alien literally made of stone that makes a remarkable personality change through the series.
  • Mark McHenry: The brilliant but lazy helmsman who can fly the ship in his sleep (and literally does at times). He is actually the descendant of Apollo and Odin.
  • Robin Lefler: An immigrant from TNG and Wesley Crusher's ex. She turns out to have a complicated family history complicated more by her love for Si Cwan.
  • Selar: An immigrant from TNG's "Unnatural Selection." A Vulcan who struggles with her attraction to Burgoyne 172 then motherhood.
  • Si Cwan: Hereditary prince of the now-fallen Thallonian Empire. He is a Gender Flipped version of a Green-Skinned Space Babe as well as a master martial artist.
  • Janos: An uplifted Mugato from TOS's "A Private Little War" who fears losing his genius.
  • Morgan Primus: A combination of every Star Trek character ever played by Majel Barrett .
  • Kalinda: Si Cwan's younger sister who has the gift/curse of I See Dead People .
  • Katerina Mueller: Another of Mac's exes who works for him.
  • Xyon: A Expy of Han Solo that has a relationship to one of the crew. He is Mac's son.

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This series contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents : Emperor Tae Cwan. He severely beat the young Si Cwan following the Rolisan incident (in which the young noble flushed the body of his dead uncle Sedi out an airlock). Apparently, Si Cwan couldn't sit comfortably for a week afterwards. Of course, the royal family were pretty much abusive in general; Si Cwan himself was the only royal who was genuinely beloved by the people.
  • Achievements in Ignorance : In Requiem , McHenry is able to walk from a center platform to an outer ledge over a chasm just by letting his mind drift away from what he was doing, just like in the cartoons. Admittedly, this was a test by Q...who then promptly dropped an anvil on him, making him fall anyway.
  • Affably Evil : The Overlord of the Redeemers. He insists he isn't evil though; indeed, he often wishes he were, because everything would be so much simpler if he were a monster and could do whatever he wanted. This is all self-delusion; he's pretty much definitely evil. And despite what he claims, he has an entirely self-serving moral code that allows him to justify anything he wishes. It's all "the Will of Xant", to which he, humble as he is, is a mere servant. Affably Evil definitely applies, as true to his self-image he's pleasant, soft spoken and comes across as entirely reasonable in his conversations with others. He's quite friendly, really, for a genocidal warlord.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot : Ship!Morgan. It all comes to a head in Blind Man's Bluff . To say more would require spoilers.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse : The Overlord of the Redeemers does this to Calhoun twice to try and stave off the Black Mass. First, he puts a High Priest on an unsuspecting world (see Dead Man's Switch below), but Calhoun is able to send Janos to sniff him out. Then he kidnaps Selar and Burgoyne and strands them on an ice planet, and won't give them back until the job is done.
  • Animated Adaptation : In reverse; parts of Star Trek: The Animated Series have been taken for this series, including the characters of M'Ress and Arex.
  • Anyone Can Die : Particularly in the later half of the series. The most notable death is probably Si Cwan in Missing In Action , but there's also Selar, Dr. Villers, and Mick Gold in Treason , plus Gleau and Janos (more or less) in Stone and Anvil and Morgan Primus and Admiral Nechayev in Blind Man's Bluff. Dead-chayev turned out to be a Evil Knockoff , however.
  • Thallon is physically annihilated by the Great Bird.
  • Alpha Carinae is the first depiction of a victim of the Redeemer virus, which causes total planetary extinction.
  • Ahmista's sentient population (and most of its "mammalian" population) suffers extinction at the hands of Tarella Lee and her "lover".
  • Rolisa and its star get annihilated by the Black Mass.
  • Sinqay suffers total extinction due to the Aeron and Markanian holy war. The races are spared only because the Thallonians separated them and relocated them.
  • Xenex is pretty much wiped clean of Xenexians at the hands of the Brethren .
  • The Visionary D'myurj is convinced that life itself will eventually cause the total annihilation of the multiverse.
  • Calhoun goes a little nuts (in response to Xenex as noted above), and helps the Dayan exterminate the D'myurj to nearly the last man (last two, to be precise).
  • Comes in handy, too, since Mac runs into about as much weird stuff as Kirk himself did (including a few repeats, such as the Beings).
  • Played straight with Admiral Jellico , who gets remarkably skeptical at every unusual (but accurate) mission report from the Excalibur . You'd think he'd learn—and eventually, he does.
  • And even though both Xyon and Calhoun know about Kalinda's previous "congress with the pulse-impaired", they're still both skeptical that she's been possessed by the ghost of Si Cwan ...until Kalinda fights them both. She even has Calhoun yelling "Dammit, Cwan" by the end of their bout.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence : McHenry.
  • Ascended Extra : Shelby, Selar, Lefler and Jellico were all guest (or in Lefler's case, minor) characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation .
  • Attack Hello : How Xyon introduces himself to his father, Captain Calhoun.
  • Attack Its Weak Point : The Brethren have very small slits in the sides of their helmets that aid them in temperature regulation. Put something in the slit, and watch 'em suffocate.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral : Calhoun in Excalibur: Restoration shows up at the launch of the new Excalibur which includes a very touching speech/eulogy about him. Both hilarious and heartwarming.
  • Balkanize Me : The struggle to hold the worlds of Thallonian space together in the aftermath of the Thallonian Empire's collapse drives much of the series. Without the iron fist of the Thallonians imposing peace, the many worlds of the region revert into old hostilities, and countless little wars flare up. Eventually, later in the series, Si Cwan and his allies succeed in establishing a New Thallonian Protectorate, uniting most of these worlds into one nation. Then the Protectorate ends up having a civil war...
  • Battle Couple : Calhoun and Mueller in the backstory. Mid-way through the series, Calhoun and Shelby become a Happily Married Battle Couple .
  • Better to Die than Be Killed : The eldest daughter of the Aeron royal family, in Cold Wars .
  • Bioaugmentation : Dr. Bethom's illegal experiments on typically non-sapient animals, including Janos .
  • Birth-Death Juxtaposition : Subverted; the crew believes this to be the case when Xyon makes an apparent Heroic Sacrifice to finish off the Black Mass, so Burgoyne and Selar name their brand new baby after him. Later, when they find out Xyon is alive, they call Burgy and Selar's son Xy.
  • Bizarro World : Tulaan IV (home of the Redeemer sect) is an interesting example; the Redeemers' god, Xant, is actually said to be rather pleasant, but they have adopted the Insane Troll Logic that he is so good that they can never measure up to him, and so they should strive to be his exact opposite, resulting in a Religion of Evil .
  • Book Ends : Blind Man's Bluff begins, "M'k'n'zy of Calhoun was alone..." and ends, "Mackenzie Calhoun was alone."
  • The Captain : Calhoun for most of the series, Shelby and Mueller later. Shelby gets her own ship, and when she's promoted again to Admiral, Mueller takes over as its commanding officer.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp" : A particular animal on a backwater planet called a furn is described as lovingly chewing its cud and sighing contentedly on an alien farm. Local students at a private space academy love to beam down unawares (this is a pre-warp civilization) and engage in some furn-tipping.
  • Canon Immigrant : The Brikar race created by Peter David makes its appearance in Star Trek: Prodigy .
  • Cat Folk : M'Ress from Star Trek: The Animated Series becomes a crew member.
  • Child by Rape : Soleta, who was conceived when her Vulcan mother was raped by a Romulan criminal.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder : The Boragi, who are infamous for their lack of concern for anything but their own needs. Always neutral, they have a habit of stirring up trouble, setting other races against each other (all the time remaining suspiciously uninvolved) and then coming in to pick up the pieces once their neighbours have blown each other to smithereens. Any alliance with a Boragi is nothing of the kind - they honour only their own needs and will always, always, turn away when it bests suits them.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe : The All-Father, also known as Zeus, Woden...and Santa Claus. He's the most powerful of the Beings because he not only derives power from people believing in him, but from people believing in themselves.
  • Mick and Leanne Gold. Mick is introduced as the Grissom 's conn officer, and later becomes the Trident's before he was killed by the Brethren ; his sister Leanne attended the Academy with Calhoun and Shelby and she eventually went missing at the hands of the Borg .
  • Admiral Jellico cites Starfleet Article 14, Section 31 to gain control of a situation in which a Starfleet ship was seconds away from destroying the Excalibur . That's the same part of the Charter that gives Luther Sloan his job. The actual commander of the ship (that was giving the order to destroy Excalibur ) lampshades this by saying that Jellico's interpretation of the regulation is very broad. You don't know the half of it, Commodore.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment : Kebron's vacation pictures.
  • Cross Through : The Captain's Table , Double Helix and Gateways
  • Cut Herself Shaving : Mueller gives this excuse to Shelby to cover for her breaking her fist punching a mirror in frustration. Shelby doesn't believe a word of it.
  • A Day in the Limelight : No Limits and the Excalibur books are almost entirely these.
  • Dead Man's Switch : The Redeemer virus. The death of a High Priest by anything less than natural means releases the deadly virus into a planet's biosphere, destroying all life. The Redeemers station a High Priest on every conquered (converted) world; the high blasphemy of an attack on the Priest is therefore punished immediately with genocide. In one unfortunate case in the No Limits anthology, a planet is accidentally wiped out when the High Priest breaks his neck after slipping in a pool of water while climbing out of the bath...
  • Deadpan Snarker : Kebron. Slon.
  • Despair Event Horizon : Calhoun only thinks he hits this after the Grissom incident. He really hits it at the end of Blind Man's Bluff , when he returns home to Xenex to find pretty much every Xenexian except himself and his son dead or dying, thanks to the Brethren and the Visionary. And then his son blames him for it and swears vengeance.
  • Disproportionate Retribution : After the Brethren attack Xenex for Calhoun, he leads his people in a successful attempt to drive them off the planet, killing all of the Brethren of one ship and allowing Calhoun to leave the planet in one of their ships. The Brethren's response? Carpet bomb Xenex.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything? : Pretty much any story with warring factions seems to an allusion to the Arab–Israeli Conflict . In "Cold Wars", the final result of this is shown, brutally and effectively: The planet they were warring on is now uninhabitable.
  • Doomsday Device : The Redeemer virus, as mentioned above under Dead Man's Switch .
  • Driven to Suicide : Si Cwan's uncle, Sedi Cwan, over his failure to stop the Black Mass. Si Cwan, angry that his uncle deprived him of his knowledge, ordered him blown out a torpedo tube.
  • Dueling Scar : Mueller has one. Bonus points for actually being shown swordfighting recreationally in the holodeck. Further points for mentioning she got it at Heidelberg, implying that it was the result of a (probably even more illegal then than it is now) mensur fencing duel - one where the students don't wear protective masks.
  • Early-Bird Cameo : Peter David wrote the first three Star Trek the Next Generation: Starfleet Academy books in 1993, and they contain several of the New Frontier characters as cadets (alongside the Next Generation crew at the academy). This was years before the New Frontier books were written. Also, his 1991 novel Vendetta features Shelby with her background details from the New Frontier series (including her first name, Elizabeth, which she was never called by in "Best of Both Worlds")- and her superior, the Excalibur `s original captain, albeit here commanding the Chekov . This character was killed offscreen just prior to the New Frontier series and was mentioned in the first book.
  • Similarly, Janos is introduced as an intelligent Mugato, but is retconned into a genetically created being who only looks like a Mugato.
  • In Xyon's first appearance, The Quiet Place , he's able to glean information about one of the Dogs of War's targets by reading the mind of one of the Dogs. Though it might be plausible that Xyon has a more concentrated version of his father's sixth sense for danger, it's not been mentioned since (thus, never mentioned after we finally learn that Calhoun's his father.)
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom : Thallon, thanks to the Great Bird of the Galaxy. After having gestated inside the planet for millennia (being responsible for its strangely fertile climate in the process), it eventually "hatches", and bursts free of Thallon's core.
  • Elsewhere Fic : Most of the series.
  • Empty Chair Memorial : The crew leaves one for the (presumed) dead Captain Calhoun in the opening scene of Requiem .
  • Expecting Someone Taller : The Redeemers are never put in context with other races until The Quiet Place , when Xyon utters the line...as he finds that the Overlord, tallest of the Redeemers, is barely 4 feet tall.
  • Expy : Captain Calhoun has been stated, by Word Of God, to be based on the historical William Wallace, who was a teenager when he did many of his great deeds. invoked
  • The Extremist Was Right : The Thallonians brought peace to the warring races of their sector by conquering them all, forcing squabbling factions to settle on different planets, and generally ruling with an iron fist. They were a harsh and often brutal empire...but they did keep the peace. With the empire gone, Si Cwan rightly fears all the old conflicts will start up again.
  • Failsafe Failure : Evacuating a self-destructing Excalibur is made difficult thanks to an astoundingly bad piece of Starfleet tech design regarding lifepods. Which is why Starfleet didn't use the system in other ships.
  • Fastest Gun in the West : In Once Burned , people believe Calhoun to be one after he killed an enemy before they could kill the captain. He's not; he was actually already raising his phaser to kill the enemy because he felt he had to kill him so the captain didn't have to. Only the fact that the enemy had taken the captain's phaser and was about to kill him with it changed the perception. Meanwhile, in Restoration , the Orion hunter who is tracking Calhoun down turns out to be one, so Calhoun has to use...other means to defeat him.
  • Feuding Families : The Unglza and Eenza in Martyr ; Aeron and Markania in Cold Wars .
  • Gladiator Games : Planet Barspens enjoys these; criminals are forced to participate for the crowd's entertainment.
  • Glamour Failure : Gleau's Selelvian charms, which usually allow him to influence other people's actions and perceptions, do not work on Janos . Nor do they work on artificial life forms, allowing Calhoun and Picard to use Ship!Morgan and Data to foil their plans with a No Matter How Much I Beg tactic.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly : The Beings.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars : Calhoun and Mueller have good scars, in Calhoun's case, because of sealing his wound with a laser welder .
  • The Great Offscreen War : The Dominion War is only given a passing mention in Calhoun's Captain's Table story and an obviously false story from Kebron in Tales of the Dominion War . And other than Shelby's Captain's Table story, the Selelvian-Tholian War that brewed after Gods Above was also completely offscreen.
  • Handsome Lech : Burgoyne 172.
  • Harmful to Minors : 9-year old Tsana of Aeron sees her entire family slaughtered by Markanian soldiers. This includes two thirteen-year old brothers, whose blood she practically ends up sitting in. Also, 11-year old Moke sees his mother shot dead by an outlaw.
  • Heal It With Fire : Young M'k'n'zy of Calhoun has had his face slashed open by an opponent. After he dispatches him, he closes up the wound with a laser welder. Even though Starfleet medicine could have fixed the resulting scar, he keeps it to remind him of how he freed his people.
  • Heavyworlder : The Brikar, the race to which Deadpan Snarker security chief Zak Kebron belongs.
  • Heel–Faith Turn : Rajari, but turns out to be a subversion when his final act was to use his illegitimate daughter as a pawn to commit a terrorist attack on the Romulan Empire.
  • In Double or Nothing , Sela intentionally invokes a Villainous RROD to keep Riker and the Excalibur from finding out the master plan. Soleta was involved in this one, as well, though her mind-meld this time was more akin to Spock's mind-meld with Valeris.
  • Hermaphrodite : The Hermats, as the name alludes to. Chief engineer (later first officer) Burgoyne 172 is a Hermat.
  • Holodeck Malfunction : Shelby's first week on the job as a captain doesn't get off to a flying start when a deputy security officer deliberately turns off the safeties in a program... and gets her head caved in.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts : The Black Mass, a swarming space-dwelling creature composed of billions of constituent parts. It periodically migrates from its home in the Hunger Zone in order to feed on planets.
  • Human Aliens : Xenexians are almost indistinguishable from humans, aside from having additional eye colours such as Calhoun's purple.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food : The Beings' ambrosia is so good, whoever eats it immediately starts to worship their new gods. This happened to both the Danteri and Soleta.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue : Xyon has one when he sees his beloved Kalinda kissing Tania Tobias. Whether he would've done anything is unknown, however, thanks to his father's quick thinking.
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race : Selelvians.
  • Interrupted Intimacy : Shelby and Calhoun get interrupted by Selar and Burgoyne's search for Xyon.
  • Interspecies Romance : A great many. Prominant examples include: Xenexian captain Calhoun/multiple partners (and he eventually marries a human), Xyon/Kalinda (Xenexian/Thallonian), Burgoyne 172/Selar (Hermat/Vulcan), Burgoyne 172/McHenry(Hermat/Human), Lefler/Si Cwan (Human/Thallonian). Exploited in Treason , wherein the new villains are kidnapping cross-species hybrids to make bodies to put their intelligence into and infiltrate the Federation. And Nechayev turns out to be one of them.
  • I See Dead People : Kalinda.
  • Jumping on a Grenade : During the Selelvian War, Soleta does this to save Elizabeth Shelby. Unfortunately, it was a dummy grenade. She'd save her in another way later.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual : Lyla.
  • A running one that stands out is the characters calling attention to the difference between the original series and Star Trek from The Next Generation onwards, such as pointing out the changed characterisation of the Romulan and Klingon races.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo : Shelby, looking through a holodeck recreation of comic book superheroes, takes the time to note one is dressed like an old-warrior, a specifically blond someone.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever : See Retcon , below.
  • Xyon is introduced to the reader through a mission involving Si Cwan's lost sister. Xyon is introduced to his father through a right hook and a declaration that his full name is Xyon of Calhoun.
  • Morgan Primus is Robin Lefler's mom.
  • Mad Scientist : Dr. Bethom.
  • Magic Countdown : An in-universe version, with the Excalibur , which has a five minute countdown. Shelby notes she and Mackenzie managed to do a lot in that five minutes, and finds it very suspicious. Which it is.
  • Man Behind the Man / The Dog Was the Mastermind : The Gribble to Dr. Bethom. His most successful creation, the bio-engineered Gribble isn't just an odd pet; in fact it's running the entire operation.
  • Martyrdom Culture : The Xenexians, at times.
  • Mathematician's Answer : "May I ask why?" "Yes."
  • Mayfly–December Romance : The relationship between Selar, a Vulcan, and Burgoyne 172, a Hermat. The average Vulcan lifespan is 200 years, while the average Hermat lifespan is 40 years. They even produce a child...whose lifespan is barely 10 years at least until he comes across a life-extending drug.
  • Medal of Dishonor : Calhoun was very nearly given one for his actions in the Grissom incident. Everyone thought him a hero; he thought himself a failure. So he resigned and punched Jellico's lights out.
  • Mighty Glacier : The Brikar species, of which security chief Zak Kebron is a member. So much so, they're practically immobile in normal gravity unless they have anti-gravity devices available. Of course, this being Star Trek , that's usually not a problem.
  • Miles Gloriosus : The man himself shows up at The Captain's Table, and complains loudly that a 16-year-old M'k'n'zy of Calhoun is sitting at his table. He relents when Calhoun gains the upper hand and pins his beard to the table with his own knife.
  • The entirety of the Excalibur to Admiral Jellico's distaste.
  • Mind Rape : After Soleta goes Romulan, she hones the mind-meld for use as a weapon like this. She generally only uses it that way on really bad people, though.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous : Arex.
  • Naturally, later in the book, Shelby thinks it'll be great to share such a joke with M'Ress as "she's sure to like it."
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead : When Calhoun shows up at Starfleet Academy, he's viewed by some watching upperclassmen as an ignorant farmboy from a backwater world (instead of the former warlord/killing machine). The upperclassman attempts to haze Calhoun and makes the mistake of talking smack about his late father. Calhoun takes out the upperclassman quickly with one punch - a cadet who happened to be one of the top security guys in his class - forever ruining his reputation.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability : Morgan Primus has this as a superpower.
  • 90% of Your Brain : McHenry can tell you what percent of his brain is being used on any given task.
  • No Man of Woman Born : A variation in the prophecies of Ontear on planet Zondar; "no man or woman" will save Calhoun before he is ritually murdered. "No man or woman" would be a problem for most crews; most crews don't have Burgoyne 172, both man and woman.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg : Picard and Calhoun in Stone and Anvil , when testing Selelvian mind control.
  • A bizarre Noodle Subversion: The cliffhanger last line of Dark Allies is "Five minutes later, the ship blew up." The next book opens some months later, with the characters saying, "Hey, we've been through all that, let's not talk about it any more, or try to explain it." Oh, and, the captain apparently died in the explosion. This inexplicable catastrophe remains a noodle incident for most of three whole books until we learn the full explanation, just in time for the captain to come back from the dead and take command of a new ship. Oh, and because of McHenry, it was a really long five minutes .
  • To date, almost no details have been given about the Federation's war against the Selelvians and their allies, the Tholians (who were likely angry at being denied ambrosia by the Beings and having one of their ships destroyed by them...and somehow blaming the Federation for that). Of note, after the war, Calhoun and Admiral Jellico are great friends, with no explanation given.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing : Mac goes to elaborate lengths to prevent the genocide of a world via time travel in Double Time only to find out that it only resulted in them being a slave race in the future of another species he saved from extinction.
  • Not So Stoic : Dr. Selar sometimes snaps rather spectacularly, most memorably in After the Fall when discussing how she really feels about her son. (In fact, her son and her feelings towards him and his condition become a plot point that leads to her eventual death that drives most of Treason .)
  • Oh, My Gods! : A Danteri says the phrase almost exactly. Also, on the fictional gods angle, there's Xant, the god of the Redeemers. Xant is darkness. We are light. Praise Xant. Also, the inhabitants of Yakaba are good, Kolk'r-fearing people.
  • One-Gender Race : Sort of; all Hermats are both genders, as the name alludes to. One of the early books name-checks the other One-Gender Race in Star Trek , the J'Naii. Also, one of the stories in the No Limits anthology features Hermat character Burgoyne 172 and a J'Naii on a mission together. To Damiano, of all places - where the natives have three genders.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You : Zoran si Verdin on Si Cwan. Subverted in that Zoran dies first.
  • Our Elves Are Different : The Selelvians. They're graceful, beautiful and have the most aesthetically appealing starships. They seem to glow with an inner light and are ridiculously attractive. They're also up to no good.
  • Out with a Bang : Selar's mate during her first pon farr .
  • The Phoenix : The Great Bird of the Galaxy. It's a giant bird-shaped creature seemingly made of fire, and apparently there's only one, which is periodically reborn (although the presence of a possible offspring while the parent had just "hatched" suggests the "only one" part might be inaccurate legend after all). It incubates inside planets, making them warm and fertile, until it's time to hatch; then it's an Earth-Shattering Kaboom .
  • The Plague : Both the Redeemer virus and the Double Helix qualify.
  • Planet Eater : The Black Mass. A star eater too; after consuming Rolisa, it moves on to the planet's sun, to the horror of the watching Thallonians.
  • Planet of Hats : Tulaan IV, the Redeemer homeworld. Of course, all non-conformists were killed off a long time ago. And any modern dissenters will probably end up being killed by the Overlord (See: Your Head Asplode ).
  • Powered Armor : The Brethren are encased in such armor. It regulates their volcano-like body temperature, and includes powerful pulse weapons in their gloves. It does lack actual eyeholes, using instead infrared-type sensors, a weakness that the Excalibur and Trident can exploit. Another weakness is, of course, the tiny vents on the side of the helmet. Block that up, and watch them fall.
  • Powers via Possession : In Treason , when Kalinda becomes possessed by Si Cwan, she gains all of his fighting abilities and intellect...and absolutely Squicks Robin and Xyon out. invoked
  • Pronoun Trouble : "S/he" and "hir" and the rejected "sheeit" for the hermaphrodite Hermats.
  • Prophecy Twist : The Savior in Martyr .
  • Public Execution : Possibly the only true form of entertainment on Barspens.
  • Punctuation Shaker : M'k'n'zy and most male Xenexians.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits : It is quite possibly the greatest example of such in the history of fiction, let alone the Star Trek Expanded Universe . Several books Lampshade each of the crew of the Excalibur would be the resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander on their vessel but together they form a formidable but insane group.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale : lampshaded in Being Human . A character wryly points out that Starfleet really needs to invest in larger scales.
  • Redemption Equals Death : Selar in Treason .
  • Religion of Evil : The Redeemers. Their mandate is to teach others about the grace of Xant - which means imposing their faith on entire planets on pain of genocide. Ironically, they consider their evil to be serving a greater good. Thanks to Insane Troll Logic , they act in the opposite manner to how Xant would want them to. This will serve to speed up his promised return, apparently - so by being ruthless and genocidal now, the Redeemers will, in the long-run, help bring Xant's wisdom and light to the galaxy a lot quicker. Plus, how can they possibly measure up to his godly example? Best not to try, and instead encourage the god to return and bestow his incomparable wisdom himself. Or possibly the Redeemers are just utterly insane...
  • Remember the New Guy? : Kat Mueller, who was on night shift until she became a major character. Hash and Gold were with her on the night shift, as well, and Doc Villers became Shelby's CMO on the Trident .
  • Restricted Expanded Universe : Mostly avoided.
  • Retcon : The Time Travel hijinks of Double Time were introduced as a means of explaining an earlier continuity error, which saw Selar suffering what was apparently the Longest Pregnancy Ever . Turns out thanks to the Retcon that the central characters "missed" a year and a half. This turned out to be a convenient explanation for why they had no involvement in the Dominion War as well.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something : Si Cwan and Kalinda (though they don't have much choice following the collapse of their empire).
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens : The Redeemers are a culture of religious fundamentalists; indeed, the only members of their species left are this, as most were wiped out by the Redeemer virus the survivors later used to cower subjugated (converted, "saved") peoples.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy : Ontear was accused of making these when he was alive. When he specifically named a man who would do great things in the future, half of a country named their babies after that man. In reality, Ontear had access to a machine that was able to look into the future.
  • The crew of the Maru were already dead, meaning the whole thing was a Klingon trap.
  • The crew of the Maru were not dead and would become Klingon prisoners when he inevitably lost, an idea to which he considered a quick death by friendly fire preferable .
  • The crew of the Maru were actively assisting the Klingons by acting as bait for their trap, making them traitors to the Federation.
  • Morgan Primus, who now lives in the Excalibur's computer, offers to appear with an H on her head , to remind people she's a hologram.
  • Peter David has a habit of dropping in little references to his show Space Cases , particularly in the first few books. Select shouts include three appearances by the actors, one cameo from a character, as well as a city bearing the name of one of the characters. (That would be Catalina City, on Saturn. A real jewel of a city.)
  • Blind Man's Bluff has Seven of Nine introduce Soleta to the Doctor (the Voyager EMH). Soleta's reaction to that name:
  • Then later in that same book, this Doctor uses a familiar Catchphrase :
  • Also in Bluff , a character hears the story of how her parents met. Apparently, it's a long complicated story involving an umbrella .
  • Plus, there are the transporter chiefs of the Excalibur and the Trident , who are identical sisters named Halliwell .
  • From Double or Nothing (and remember that Peter David wrote for Babylon 5 ):
  • Jelico thinks Captain Kirk was a blowhard who liked to show just how little he thought of Star Fleet Command by filing the most ridiculous reports—like that one time that he claimed someone had stolen his first officer's brain . . .
  • In one combat, a security officer named Burton is knocked out by a piece of masonry dislodged by an over eager shot.
  • Someone to Remember Him By : Basically how Moke was conceived. Also, Si Cwan left Robin Lefler pregnant before he was captured and killed by his political enemies.
  • Space Is Noisy : Averted in Dark Allies , where the lack of sound in space becomes a plot point - sound is the only way to damage the Black Mass, yet naturally it's quite impossible to put that knowledge to use while the Mass is in a vacuum.
  • Spaceship Girl : Lyla; Morgan Primus ascends to Spaceship Woman after her physical body is killed.
  • In Double or Nothing , Calhoun is basically thrust into a Star Trek version of a James Bond film. Near the beginning he goes to pick up some new advanced weapons and technology from a nameless man; when Calhoun asks him his name, he simply says he's the man with the gadgets. It's then implied that he vanishes in a flash of light when Calhoun's back is turned. So, in other words, Star Trek's equivalent of Q is Q .
  • Also in Double or Nothing, we get " I've been wanting to say this for ages ...Fire at Will." Explanation  Referring to Will Riker, in a guest appearance.
  • Straight Gay : Selar's brother Slon. You can't get any straighter than a gay Vulcan.
  • Take Care of the Kids : This is how Calhoun ends up with custody of his adopted son, Moke.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself : Calhoun in End Game .
  • Throw-Away Country : Played with in Dark Allies . Rolisa is indeed a Throw-Away Country , but the text informs us the world had a destiny, and if the Black Mass didn't exist it would become the galaxy's leading nation in time.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet : The son of the man Calhoun killed in the first novel challenges him to a "Final Challenge" duel to the death in the fourth book. note  He was going to pin his father's murder on a captive Si Cwan, along with the Thallonian's own charges against their "deposed" ruler (think French Revolution), but Calhoun then produced the man's sword, which he kept as a trophy.
  • A literal, in-universe time skip in Double Time when they time travel backwards four days, then try to return and accidentally overshoot . . . by 16 months!
  • True Companions : The crew of the Excalibur is probably the single closest crew in the Star Trek Expanded Universe and only the original Enterprise crew probably comes close to being willing to go to the bat for each other.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting : Restoration alternates between what Shelby's up to with the Exeter and the events of the planet Mac's wound up on. Towards the end, a third line butts in dealing with Lefler and some escapades on Risa.
  • Tyke-Bomb : Moke.
  • The Unfettered : A Vulcan in the Shal'tiar state is basically this: when a Vulcan is presented with a problem that no form of logic can solve, that Vulcan will attempt to solve it by any means necessary. Selar is thought to have slipped into Shal'Tiar over her son's condition , and her solution was to kidnap her friend's baby and commandeer her other friend's ship with help of an accomplice, and heed a voice promising a cure. She gets better, but too late to rectify the situation with any other means than a Heroic Sacrifice . note  Astute Trekkies might note that Shal'tiar is an anagram of Tal Shiar, AKA the Romulan secret intelligence agency, which itself has more than a few Unfettered.
  • Unperson : Si Cwan declares his intention to do this to a suspected traitor. A soldier believed responsible for turning off New Thallon’s defence network and allowing a bombardment of plasma bombs is to be punished by having his existence wiped from all records, and his family ordered never to speak of him again or share the fate. And then it turns out the guy is innocent.
  • Unusual Euphemism : The all-purpose Xenexian curseword grozit .
  • Unwinnable Training Simulation : Calhoun had a rather interesting solution to the Kobayashi Maru . note  instead of trying to rescue the ship, he blows it up, figuring that the ship must be either a trap or is spying on the Federation. Shelby has a big problem with this; in fact, she can't carry out his orders, which actually leads to her having to repeat her final year, and ultimately to their breakup.
  • Warrior Heaven : The Xenexian afterlife of Kaz'hera is a single battle, repeated ad infinitum , basically analogous to Sto'vo'kor , Klingon heaven. In Kaz'hera , there are no regrets, no grudges, no responsibilities; only endless mayhem and the ability to fight and die over and over. Calhoun apparently believes in it; his human wife does not.
  • We Are as Mayflies / Younger Than They Look : Selar and Burgoyne's son, Xy, ages at a vastly accelerated rate, an unfortunate consequence of his mixed Hermat/Vulcan genetics. He appears doomed to die before he hits double digits; until his mother gives her life to save him .
  • We Want Our Jerk Back! : Inverted in Restoration : After getting her own command, Shelby staffs it with by-the-book, spit-and-polish Starfleet officers. Within a month, she realizes she misses the old, "unprofessional" crew she left behind, and accepts command of the new Excalibur until Calhoun reveals himself to be alive and takes it .
  • "Sir, I think you'd better get up here. We're receiving an emergency transmission." "From where?" "Xenex."
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : The last time we see the Dogs of War, their new leader is having an inauthentic epiphany that the Redeemers' Xant is the one true god. The Redeemers themselves haven't been seen since the Excalibur saved their homeworld from the Black Mass...save for a small gift that Xyon left for them...
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You? : The Redeemers. The Overlord explains: "If you refuse to accept Xant, or act against his interests, then your life is nothing. Less than nothing. One has no right to complain about the extinguishing of something that is less than nothing. Those who attack a High Priest have rejected the name of Xant, and so rejected life itself. Don't you understand? In such circumstances, we have not killed them. They have killed themselves”.
  • With Due Respect : Jellico and Shelby both mention that this phrase usually precedes the least respectful things said to them.
  • Women Are Wiser : The Zarna to her husband the Zarn, in Cold Wars .
  • Words Can Break My Bones : The Redeemers' killing words. The Overlord has knowledge of "ancient" words that can be used to inflict pain or death. In one case, Your Head Asplode was the eventual result.
  • Working with the Ex : One of the central tenets of the series. Mac is in love with Shelby but she is now his direct subordinate and they broke up over their differences years before.
  • World of Snark : The crew of the Excalibur seem to have been chosen for their skill at their field, their completely broken personalities, their strong sense of loyalty, and their utter smartassery.
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  • Borg Queen's multiple faces share memories, resemble bee hives, and manipulate even sexuality - iconic villain.
  • Voyager reveals Borg Queen origin, Seven of Nine connection, and Janeway's daring plans with Thompson's chilling portrayal.
  • Picard features desperate, lonely Borg Queen using manipulation for companionship; Pill's nuanced performance evolves Borg character.

First introduced in Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen's multiple incarnations have been played by several different actors across the Star Trek franchise. The Borg Queen is the name assigned to the Borg Collective's central nexus, and while they have had different faces across the Star Trek timeline , they appear to share the same memories and personality. The existence of a Queen draws a comparison between the Borg and bees, with the Borg Queen coordinating her drones via a hive mind.

Of all the Star Trek shows that feature the Borg , it was Star Trek: Voyager that revealed most about the Borg Queen. For example, Voyager revealed that the Borg Collective's central nexus was dubbed the Queen by Magnus and Erika Hansen , eminent experts on the Borg and parents to young Annika. The Hansens were eventually captured and assimilated by the Borg, with Annika becoming Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Like Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) before her, Seven retained a complicated link back to the Borg Collective, and the many faces of the Borg Queen.

Star Trek: The Full History Of The Borg Queen Explained

Since her introduction to the Star Trek franchise, the Borg Queen has become a legendary villain with a long, complex, and fascinating history.

7 Alice Krige In Star Trek: First Contact

The original borg queen. (and the best).

The first Borg Queen was played by Alice Krige in the 1996 Star Trek: The Next Generation movie Star Trek: First Contact . Surprisingly, for the Queen of a race of emotionless drones, she had a distinct personality and even attempted to seduce Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) with promises of the humanity he craved. The Borg Queen's use of manipulation and even sexuality has defined the character from her first appearance in First Contact to Star Trek: Picard season 2, which speaks to Alice Krige's lasting impact on the character.

In an interview with Star Trek 's official website , Brannon Braga explained why the Borg Queen was created for Star Trek: First Contact , saying: " the Borg aren't that interesting for a feature film for two hours because they don't say anything. "

It's heavily implied in Star Trek: First Contact that Captain Jean-Luc Picard's assimilation into the Borg Collective as Locutus was an attempt to provide the Queen with a mate - something that was foiled by Picard's resistance to his Borg conditioning during the Battle of Wolf 359 . Krige played the role of the Borg Queen as a cold and calculating manipulator, who could seamlessly shift from seduction to ordering the destruction of mankind. As such, despite being destroyed by Data (Brent Spiner) in the movie's climax, Krige's Borg Queen is still the most recognizable incarnation.

6 Susanna Thompson In Star Trek: Voyager

Susanna thompson got a second chance to be the borg queen..

Susanna Thompson had originally auditioned to play the role of the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact , but lost out to Alice Krige . However, she got her wish to play the role when the USS Voyager finally entered Borg space during their adventures in the Delta Quadrant. As Alice Krige was unavailable to reprise her role for Star Trek: Voyager season 5, episodes 15 and 16, "Dark Frontier", Thompson was cast instead. In "Dark Frontier", Captain Janeway launches a daring plan to acquire Borg technology that risks Seven of Nine's freedom.

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Susanna Thompson's Borg Queen expressed a preference for Seven, stating she was her favorite Borg drone and threatened to assimilate the entire Voyager crew if Seven did not rejoin the Collective. Thompson took Krige's portrayal as the basis for her own performance, and brought new depths to it, adding a twisted maternal fascination with Seven into the mix. This was a perfect counterpoint to Captain Janeway's own maternal relationship with Seven. Thompson reprised the role once more for Star Trek: Voyager "Unimatrix Zero", in which the Voyager crew inspire a group of Borg drones to revolt against their Queen.

2nd Borg Queen Susanna Thompson was a regular guest actor across all three of Star Trek's 90s shows, from TNG to Voyager via a controversial DS9 role.

5 Alice Krige In Star Trek: Voyager's Finale

Voyager finally secured alice krige for janeway's last battle with the borg queen..

Alice Krige reprised her role as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Voyager 's finale "Endgame", in which she faced off against Starfleet's Admiral Janeway. The plot of "Endgame" centered on an older Admiral Janeway traveling back in time to get the USS Voyager home decades earlier than it had in her timeline. This plan required her to hijack the Borg Collective's transwarp corridors, and face down the Borg Queen one last time. Alice Krige told Star Trek Magazine that she was advised by a Voyager producer to bring the same sexually charged energy from Star Trek: First Contact , noting that the Borg Queen was omnisexual .

To prepare for her return, Alice Krige opted not to watch any of Susanna Thompson's previous episode but instead read the previous Star Trek: Voyager scripts in which the Borg Queen appeared.

Physically, this is a different Borg Queen from Star Trek: First Contact and the previous Star Trek: Voyager episodes. However, the Borg Queen always retains the same characteristics, so the final confrontation between the older Janeway and the Borg Queen is electric. The return of Alice Krige gave "Endgame" blockbuster energy, which must have fed into Garrett Wang's desire to release an extended version of Star Trek: Voyager' s finale in movie theaters .

4 Alice Krige In Star Trek: Lower Decks

Boimler fought a holographic borg queen in "i, excretus".

Alice Krige played the Borg Queen again in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2, episode 8, "I, Excretus". The episode revolves around the crew of the USS Cerritos enduring a series of impossibly difficult hologram simulations as part of a rigorous officer assessment program. Ever the over-achiever, Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) became obsessed with getting a perfect score on the Borg Cube simulation, which pitted him against the Borg Queen .

As Star Trek: Lower Decks is predominantly a comedy, and as the Borg Queen in "I, Excretus" is a holographic reconstruction, Krige gets to send up the character. Krige plays Lower Decks ' Borg Queen in a more heightened fashion , making her even more vampish. The scene in which the sexually confident Borg Queen has an incredibly awkward-looking Boimler strapped to a Borg conversion bed provides a great deal of laughs.

Star Trek: Lower Decks features an incredibly talented and prolific voice cast of actors. Here's who's who aboard the USS Cerritos.

3 Annie Wersching In Star Trek: Picard Season 2

An alternate reality borg queen who crossed over into the prime star trek timeline..

Not content with just having Q (John de Lancie) and Dr. Adam Soong (Brent Spiner) as antagonists, Star Trek: Picard season 2 also brought back the Borg Queen. Hailing from the alternate Confederacy of Earth reality, the parallel universe's Borg Queen was played by 24 's Annie Wersching . This alternate Borg Queen had different powers but retained the unifying trait of both Alice Krige and Susanna Thompson's incarnations - an inherent loneliness. It was that loneliness that drew Star Trek: First Contact 's Borg Queen to Locutus and Data, and it was a similar loneliness that drew Star Trek: Voyager 's Borg Queen to Seven.

In Star Trek: Picard season 2, the Borg Queen is rescued from public execution by Jean-Luc Picard's motley crew because she has the processing power to make the precise calculations that will allow them to travel back to 2024 and fix the timeline. As Picard confronted his childhood trauma and Seven was finally allowed to embrace her humanity, the Borg Queen sought companionship elsewhere. Using her famously manipulative techniques, the Borg Queen seduced Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) . Annie Wersching was terrific at playing this version of the Borg Queen who was desperate to connect, providing a more haunting and melancholic take on the character.

2 Alison Pill In Star Trek: Picard Season 2

Agnes jurati showed the way to a better type of borg..

Alison Pill gave a nuanced performance of not one by two Borg Queens in Star Trek: Picard season 2 . The first was the infamously cold and ruthless version but housed in the body of cyberneticist Agnes Jurati. Pill's second Borg Queen performance was her more evolved form, combining Agnes' humanity and Borg technology to become something unique. Alison Pill performed both these versions well, and kept viewers guessing whether Agnes had fully gone over to the Collective. Instead, Agnes' new Borg Collective combined the technology of the Borg with the more utopian outlook of the Federation .

Agnes Jurati's new Borg Collective were granted provisional Federation membership in Star Trek: Picard season 2's finale.

Agnes' changes to the Borg could lead to some fascinating developments in future Star Trek shows . Jurati has spent centuries creating a new Collective, while the Borg have waged war elsewhere in the galaxy. Now that they've arrived to stand guard over the anomaly, offering the hand of friendship to the Federation. It creates a new dynamic that could completely change the fan-favorite Star Trek aliens, especially as the original Borg Collective were wiped out shortly after.

Terry Matalas considered having Agnes Jurati's Borg Queen make a surprise return in Star Trek: Picard season 3. Here's why it didn't happen.

1 Alice Krige & Jane Edwina Seymour In Star Trek: Picard Season 3

"the last generation" was the borg queen's last stand..

Alice Krige returned to give the Borg Queen her send-off in Star Trek: Picard season 3. However, this time Krige only voiced her lines. The woman in the Borg Queen make-up was Jane Edwina Seymour, credited as "Borg Queen Body Double" in Star Trek: Picard season 3's finale . With Picard's son Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) under her influence as Võx of Borg, the Queen launched a devastating attack on Starfleet and the Federation by simultaneously assimilating every officer under the age of 25.

Voice actor Garth Kemp deserves an honorable mention for voicing The Face, the conduit by which the Borg Queen communicated with Captain Vadic (Amanda Plummer).

While viewers may be disappointed that it's not Patrick Stewart and Alice Krige face to face in the Star Trek: Picard finale, the combination of Krige's voice work, and Jane Edwina Seymour's horrifying movements make for a memorably disfigured Borg Queen . Now that the crew of the USS Enterprise-D have destroyed the Borg Collective once and for all, there will likely be no more Borg Queens besides the benevolent Agnes Jurati Queen. This means that Star Trek 's lineage of Borg Queens both starts and ends with Alice Krige.

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