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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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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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