The promise of Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds was that episodic tv — particularly, the episodic adventures of the starship Enterprise — may nonetheless captivate audiences within the age of single-day full-season drops and movie-like “tv occasions.”
With the shut of its second season, Unusual New Worlds is a improbable reminder that whenever you mix the normal self-contained episode format with a crew that is aware of they’re getting renewed, you may get nice tv drama.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ season 2 finale, “Hegemony.”]
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That’s to say, you may get a cliffhanger wherein half the forged is teleported to who-knows-where by the Gorn. It’s an ideal reminder that this kind of factor was once Star Trek’s bread and butter.
Again in 1990, The Subsequent Era’s season three cliffhanger, “The Better of Each Worlds Half I,” confirmed Riker taking management of the Enterprise after Captain Picard was captured by the Borg and remodeled into the chilling entity referred to as Locutus. The ultimate shot of that episode is an electrifying gradual pan over Riker’s face as he does the unthinkable, ordering the Enterprise to fireside by itself captain. The summer season of 1990 was an unsure one for Star Trek followers, who needed to wait from June’s finale to September’s season four premiere to search out out what occurred subsequent.
Is “Hegemony” as stunning as “The Better of Each Worlds Half I”? Nah, you possibly can’t put that type of lightning in a bottle twice. However it’s nonetheless basic Trek shenanigans.
Will there be a season three of Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds?
Sure! This March, Paramount Plus introduced Unusual New Worlds would return for a 3rd season on the streaming service. Manufacturing on Unusual New Worlds season 2 wrapped in July, so the oldsters behind this cliffhanger have been assured they’d be capable of comply with up on it.
When is season three of Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds coming?
That’s the large query. At a Trek-themed Writers Guild of America picketing motion in Could, SNW showrunner Henry Alonso Myers confirmed that pre-production on season three is on indefinite pause till the AMPTP can come to an settlement with the WGA.
And precise manufacturing will equally be on pause till the AMPTP can come to an settlement with the Display Actors Guild-American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists. It’ll be a for much longer look ahead to Captain Pike to come back again than the three months of uncertainty between The Better of Each Worlds components I and II.
Who within the Enterprise crew continues to be OK?
That mentioned! A number of the characters within the present will certainly make it out of this pickle alive — as a result of they seem in earlier Star Trek exhibits set after this occasion. Although M’Benga, Sam Kirk, La’an, and Ortegas all disappeared with the colonists to who is aware of the place, we all know M’Benga and Sam will likely be fantastic, as they each seem in small roles in Star Trek: The Authentic Sequence.
La’an and Ortegas, nevertheless, are unique to Unusual New Worlds, so their tales are much less set in stone. That additionally goes for Captain Batel, who’s nursing a severe case of A Gorn Laid Eggs In Me. Solely the real-life crew behind season three know these characters’ deliberate fates, and so they’re placing for higher working situations. So till Hollywood can return to work, and for a lot of months after that, we’ll be ready.