The original 1966 unaired pilot of the “Star Trek” series showed Captain Pike, Mr. Spock and Number One aboard the Starship Enterprise before the studio retooled the concept to show Captain Kirk. More than 50 years later, the story of Pike’s days on the Enterprise finally made it to the big screen in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, starring Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Other legendary “Star Trek” favorites also joined the cast, including Cadet Uhura, Nurse Chapel and Dr. M’Benga.
With an updated look and feel, the debut season of Strange New Worlds is a delight to watch. The season begins with a proven Prime Directive tale and progresses from start to finish with a confident pride and poised presence not unlike its brave, enterprising captain. Without the darker tone and ongoing series stories of sister series Star Trek: Discovery, it returns to episodic adventures and a brighter, more upbeat mood.
Steeped in Star Trek lore, Strange New Worlds answered long-standing questions about the franchise’s history while charting its own course with gruff confidence. There was not a weak episode in the first season, which delighted both critics and viewers, with standout episodes that followed standard Star Trek tropes but with fresh and imaginative flair. Action, suspense, and plenty of human drama made the season a winner, triumphing as the best debut season in franchise history.