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Pike and Spock return in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the third new TV show from the revived Roddenberry universe

The Star Trek universe is getting yet another new TV show. CBS has announced that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will follow on from the success of Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek Picard, and will recount the further adventures of fan favourite characters Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount ), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn), aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

Pike and Spock carry on their roles from Star Trek Discovery, which chronologically takes place before Star Trek: The Original Series. The character of Captain Pike appeared in the original Star Trek: ToS pilot The Cage. Pike, Spock and Number One were originally played by Jeffrey Hunter, Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett.

“These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories has yet to be told…”

Alex Kurtzman
Pike became a fan favourite in Star Trek Discovery season 2

“Fans fell in love with these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season,” says Julie McNamara, executive VP and head of programming at CBS All Access. “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek.”

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiere has been written by Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet will serve as executive producers, along with Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. 

Star Trek lives long and prospers…still

“These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories has yet to be told,” says Kurtzman. “With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the Star Trek universe.”

Kurtzman heads up CBS’ Star Trek ambitious expansion plans. Additional projects include podcasts and live experiential events (as and when such things are allowed again).

Anson Mount is a self-confessed Trekker

And there’s more still more TV to come. CBS All Access is developing a spin-off based Federation dark ops outfit Section-31, featuring  Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou character (introduced in the first season of Star Trek Discovery). There’s also an adult animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks on the drawing board, along with a kids cartoon being developed by Nickelodeon.

Where can I watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in the UK?

As yet there’s no news where Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will end up outside of the US. Netflix secured Star Trek Discovery, but lost Star Trek Picard to Amazon Prime. Based on no info whatsoever, we suspect this will also end up on Amazon. Whatever happens, it looks like now is a great time to be a Star Trek fan!

Will Star Trek Strange New Worlds be in 4k?

Trek fans and home cinema enthusiasts alike will be keen to know if this new Trek show will be available in Ultra HD 4k. Tech specs and TX details haven’t been confirmed, but we think it’s unlikely. Star Trek Discovery on Netflix is available in HDR (High Dynamic Range), but unusually the show itself is presented in Full HD. The mix looks terrific, but it’s not 4k. 

Picard is presented on Amazon Prime is regular HD, without HDR. Wherever ST:SNW lands, a 4k transmission seems unlikely.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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