Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
(Paramount)

‘Star Trek’ Charts a Course for ‘Strange New Worlds’ Season 2

Rather valiantly, Paramount+ decided to renew Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for season 2 before the first season had even aired. Some would say any new Star Trek series is a gamble, as any franchise with a massive fanbase has certain hurdles to overcome. But, in this case, Paramount+ seems to have made the right call.

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which functions as a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery and a pseudo-prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, pulled off the seemingly impossible–becoming one of the most highly regarded modern Trek shows, adapting beloved characters, telling fun weekly episodic adventures, and capturing the essence of what makes Star Trek so successful as a franchise.

Strange New Worlds follows the exploits of the crew of the USS Enterprise, led by Anson Mount’s Captain Christopher Pike, as they “boldly go where no one has gone before.”

So, what should we expect from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2?

When will Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 premiere?

It’s been confirmed that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 will premiere this summer on Paramount+. The new season will be available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Brazil, Latin America, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria simultaneously. Like its predecessor, Strange New Worlds season 2 will feature 10 episodes, with one episode airing each week starting June 15, 2023.

TrekMovie.com recently reported that Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman casually mentioned during a talk at MIT that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 had just started filming. They’re certainly not wasting any time with this one; Strange New Worlds is on course to deliver a new season each year.

Is there a trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2?

Yes, there is! If you want to know more about the upcoming season, Paramount+ has finally released the first official teaser trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2. Featuring plenty of action, excitement, humor, heart, and even a little bit of romance, Strange New Worlds‘ sophomore season is sure to delight Trek fans old and new.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjWBj9CGgGI

Which cast members will be returning for Strange New Worlds season 2?

Carol Kane in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2
(Paramount+)

All beloved main members of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 1 cast are returning for season 2. Paul Wesley is set to reprise his role as the legendary Captain James T. Kirk as well, and Bruce Horak is also expected to return, though as a new character, not as Chief Engineer Hemmer.

A few new cast members have also been added to the Strange New Worlds family. These include Noah Lamanna as the character Chief Jay, and the legendary Academy Award-nominated Carol Kane will be playing a recurring character known as Chief Engineer Pelia.

What will Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 be about?

Though specific plot details have not yet been revealed, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 is expected to surpass season 1, at least according to the cast. At San Diego Comic-Con, character development seemed to be the biggest talking point.

And, in an interview with German Trek site TrekZone.de, star Anson Mount explained that Strange New Worlds season 2 will push the boundaries of Starfleet’s—and Star Trek‘s—idealism. As Mount put it:

“…Is it possible that intelligence can be so completely ripped apart from any sense of communication or idealism? That, is there such a thing as a monster? Is that really possible? So yeah, we go down that exact road.”

Given that it’s unlikely Strange New Worlds is done with its Gorn and Romulans storylines, there’s a lot at stake for the crew members of the USS Enterprise.

What else can we expect from Strange New Worlds season 2?

In a wonderful twist of events, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 will feature a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks. Lower Decks, an adult animated comedy series that focuses on junior “lower deck” members of the USS Cerritos, will be joining forces with Strange New Worlds. Though some of the crossover is hinted to be animated, most of it will likely be live action, with actors Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid reprising their Lower Decks roles in the flesh.

Paramount+ has released a few teasers and behind-the-scenes featurettes in the past to promote the upcoming season of Strange New Worlds. This includes an exclusive clip featuring Lt. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) preparing for an important away mission.

Strange New Worlds boasts an excellent cast, captivating writing, and an adventurous spirit—all the things we love most about the Trek franchise. The fact that season 3 has already started filming is a huge relief, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what Star Trek: Strange New Worlds does next.

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