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What We Can Expect from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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One of the good things to come from Star Trek: Discovery has to be the emergence of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We’re going to have a look at what you can expect from it in 2022.

Demanded by the fans

We first saw Captain Pike in season two of Star Trek: Discovery. Alongside him was number one (played by Rebecca Romijn), and Spock, played by Ethan Peck. It is true that there was no initial plan to create a new series around these characters. But such was the love and praise they received from fans; it persuaded the creators to make it so. Ok, so Captain Pike’s tagline is ‘hit it’, but you get my point.
This could be the Star Trek series that the purist fans have been waiting for. Discovery has polarised opinion and Picard has had its criticisms. What we know so far is that Strange New Worlds will be going back to basics with the principles of Trek. Anson Mount who plays Pike has already said the show will be about optimism and exploration. This will please many fans who are desperate for that.

Another prequel

Now that Discovery has bounded several hundred years into the future, it seems ok to go back to prequel territory. We know that Strange New Worlds will be set a decade before the original series. It will follow Captain Pike at the helm, backed up by number one and of course Mr Spock. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman has also stated that the show will explore the seven years from Discovery, through to Pike’s accident in the original series. That leaves quite a lot of time for exploring new worlds and new civilisations. It’ll be interesting to see where the scriptwriters take the story. Will they encounter lifeforms never seen before? Or will they go down another route? We will have to wait and see.

Episodic

Much of the criticism that’s levelled at the new Trek shows is that they don’t follow an episodic format. It’s more of a continuing story arc that goes through the whole season. Previous Trek shows tended to bring a new story every episode, and this is what the writers are aiming to do with Strange New Worlds. Personally, I think that’s exciting. It gives the writers the chance to explore so many different stories and subjects but keeping character arcs flowing.

I think we can expect to see a fresh-faced and optimistic show in Strange New Worlds. It sounds like there’s going to be an old-fashioned approach to storytelling reminiscent of series gone by. That sounds like an exciting prospect.

Cast and crew

Such was the popularity of Anson Mount as Captain Pike it’s no surprise he agreed to portray the role for the new series. He’s a fine actor in his own right, but also brings a cool and calm persona to the captain’s chair. It’ll be interesting to see where he takes the character; particularly as he’s had a glimpse at his tragic future. Rebecca Romijn reprises her role as number one. An interesting fact is that Majel Barret (Gene Rodenberry’s partner) played number one in the 1965 pilot episode. Although that episode was never released publicly until 1998 it’s great to see that the character will be properly explored in this series. Mr Spock will also return, played by Ethan Peck.

Spock went through quite a journey on Discovery with his visions of the red angel, but I’d imagine this journey may be more serene. Producers have already said Spock will still be finding himself and won’t be the wise character from the original series. There is a whole decade of character exploration to go before that.

It’s also been said that Pike and number one will be portrayed as parental figures, particularly towards Spock. Reading between the lines, it looks like the focus will be on the whole crew. This is the opposite to Discovery, which revolves the plots around Michael Burnham. It’s also exciting to see that Jonathan Frakes has been announced the direct the series. His skills behind the camera have been proved already on Discovery, so no doubt he’ll bring that passion to Strange New Worlds.

Design

Set designers must have a hard job when updating science fiction sets without them looking too futuristic. The designers for Discovery managed to do a pretty good job of not making it look too futuristic. Being that Strange New Worlds is set a decade before the original series, the designers have a job to keep it with a similar theme of the original series. But they have to make sure it’s looking good enough for a modern audience. The producers have said the design for the ship work was completed eight months ago. They also hint that they want to keep some of the design elements from the original show. So, it’s going to be interesting to see how they incorporate both of those features.

Filming and musical score

The pandemic has messed with every film schedule over the past year, and Strange New Worlds is no different. We do know that filming officially began and the end of February and that’s it’s due to wrap in July this year. A lot of the scripts have already been completed, so expect to see a teaser trailer by the summer. There’s been no official word on a release date, but as a guess, a late 2021 release looks likely.

Something that is key to all Star Trek productions is the musical score. Jerry Goldsmith was heavily involved in the iconic Trek scores from decades gone by, and they were timeless. Composer Jeff Russo has already penned the Discovery and Picard series musical scores. According to Alex Kurtzman, the two have discussed the music for Strange New Worlds. Whether he will be directly involved in writing the music has yet to be confirmed.

All in all, Strange New Worlds looks like it’s going to be an exciting series. A return to the optimistic and exploratory Star Trek that Gene Rodenberry first wrote about all those years ago. We can’t wait.


Thanks for reading on what to expect from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. What would you like to see happen? Are there any rumours you’ve heard? What do you think the plot will be? Leave us a comment below.


Read what to expect from Season Four of Star trek: Discovery HERE.

Check out IMDB information on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds HERE.

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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review

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Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!

Alliance

Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.

This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.

Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.

Shades of grey

This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.

With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.

This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.

New champions

Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.

Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


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