Normally, at this time of year, nerds descend on San Diego to celebrate all things mainstream pop culture. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has made that impossible this year, but San Diego Comic Con has moved online for “SDCC at Home” with pre-recorded panels from some of our favorite nerd creators and/or creators of nerd culture. This, of course, includes the Star Trek franchise, which is a Comic Con mainstay.
While most of today’s “Star Trek Universe” panel focused on Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek executive producers Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman did pop in to give some updates about Star Trek: New Worlds, the much-anticipated Discovery spinoff that will give us more time with Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn).
“I really wanted to tell everyone about [Strange New Worlds] last Comic Con,” said Kurtzman during the panel, mentioning that the Trek creative team did get some questions about the possibility of a Pike/Spock/Number One series, adding: “We were already having real, active conversations at that point.”
Strange New Worlds was actually announced only a few months ago, in May, but Kurtzman informed Comic Con at Home viewers that work has already begun on the series. The executive producer said that the writers’ room has started working, and that 10 of the season’s episodes have already been “broken,” which means the story ideas for those episodes have already been brainstormed and fleshed out, though the writing of the scripts has not necessarily happened yet. “It was one of those shows where everyone came in with such enthusiasm and so much love,” said Kurtzman of the writers room dynamic.