Although the Star Trek: Discovery spinoff Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is meant to offer up some old-fashioned adventures that includes the unique Enterprise crew, in a shock forged video throughout right now’s Star Trek Day celebrations, it was revealed that not solely are some previous favorites coming again, with a brand new Nyota Uhura, but in addition that one character might have ties to essentially the most infamous Star Trek villain of all time: Khan.
The sequence takes place after the occasions of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, when Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Quantity One, aka Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn), and Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) went again to the Enterprise to move off on their mission to discover, per the title, unusual new worlds. And we’ve recognized for a short time that this wouldn’t simply be a 3 man mission, set years earlier than Kirk boarded the ship and the unique Star Trek sequence kicked off.
Now we all know that along with some new characters with very intriguing names (which we’ll get to in a second), we’re additionally getting recasts for characters well-known to followers of Star Trek, and the Unique Collection specifically.
The primary is Celia Rose Gooding as as Cadet Nyota Uhura. The function was made well-known by Nichelle Nichols, which she portrayed all through the Unique Collection and flicks, in addition to by Zoe Saldana within the more moderen reboot motion pictures.
She’ll be joined by Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel, which is a enjoyable little twist by Star Trek lore. Majel Barrett, the late spouse of Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry, portrayed Quantity One (the function now being performed by Romijn) within the authentic Star Trek pilot that featured Captain Pike. That pilot was scrapped, and the crew was changed by Kirk (William Shatner) and firm in a brand new pilot. So Rodenberry and crew have been capable of recast Barrett in a brand new function, as Nurse Chapel. That means that there are actually two actresses on Unusual New Worlds, each taking part in Barrett’s roles. If another person performs the ship’s laptop, which Barrett additionally did the voice of within the Unique Collection, that’s a trifecta.
One different character that may present up: Baba Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga, a personality initially performed by Booker Bradshaw in two episodes of the Unique Collection.
However on to the brand new characters! These embrace Melissa Navia as Lt. Erica Ortegas, who doesn’t have a whole lot of reference in Star Trek lore so far as I can inform. There’s additionally Bruce Horak because the intriguing, alien Hemmer, who I consider is an Aenar, an all-white subspecies of the Andorians.
Most fascinating, although, is the eye-brow-poppingly named La’an Noonien-Singh, performed by Christina Chong. That is uncooked hypothesis right here, nevertheless it’s unattainable to listen to that final identify with out pondering of some of the well-known Star Trek villains ever, Khan Noonien Singh (although his identify is spelled with out the sprint). We’re stepping into some deep, bizarre continuity right here, however Khan, performed by Ricardo Montalban in The Unique Collection and on display screen in Wrath of Khan, was a part of a genetically modified race of super-people despatched into cryo-sleep within the, uh… Nineteen Nineties. That’s what you get for beginning a generations spanning sci-fi sequence within the ’60s, I assume. Anyway, he was asleep till 2267, when he was awoken by Kirk and crew.
Since Unusual New Worlds takes place between these two time intervals, it’s most certainly unattainable for Khan to be concerned in any means; however given the identify it’s not an excessive amount of of a stretch to suppose La’an is a descendant of the villain. Will she activate the crew? Discover a loop in continuity to wake Khan up, then put him again to sleep in time for Kirk to search out him?
We’ll simply have to search out out when Unusual New Worlds premieres on Paramount+, most certainly a while subsequent 12 months.
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