This is why it feels necessary to say one factor clearly: Strange New Worlds mustn’t characteristic Kirk, just because it arms down, 100% doesn’t want him.
It’s straightforward to know the impetus. After all, James Kirk is the iconic character on the heart of the Star Trek world, and Strange New Worlds takes its title from one of his most well-known monologues. But this present has so many tales to inform that don’t have something to do with The Original Series or the person who will in the future sit within the Enterprise captain’s chair.
Those tales – and this collection – deserve an opportunity to face on their very own, with out the shadow of Captain Kirk hanging over them. (And it appears as if CBS itself is aware of this, if these seemingly omnipresent Paramount+ advertisements that prominently characteristic Anson Mount are something to go by.)
Truthfully, Strange New Worlds already has a compelling and charming chief in Mount’s Pike, a person burdened by the data of his personal immutable, deeply painful future, however who refuses to permit it to make him resentful or merciless. His community-minded, service-oriented view of his job as a Starfleet officer has much more in frequent with Jean Luc Picard than James Kirk, and his refreshing reliance on collaboration and real teamwork makes him the sort of boss each officer should lengthy to serve underneath.
But regardless of Pike’s relentlessly likable attraction, there are nonetheless a lot of layers to be mined in his story. After all, his future is each set and pretty horrible, a indisputable fact that’s got to be troublesome to dwell with for even the very best amongst us. Yet this clearly received’t be a present a few man making an attempt to undo a alternative he made, however moderately deciding what to do with the time that has been given to him.