“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” actor Anson Mount promises that the upcoming second season of the episodic series about the pre-Kirk Enterprise crew won’t be holding back in terms of being experimental or going a little bit wild.
Appearing on the TREKTalks2 fundraiser live stream event (via TrekCore) the other day, Mount talked about the show’s sophomore run which wrapped filming in July last year. He says the production “gained some latitude” from the scenes in the first season that “maybe some people weren’t so sure about that ended up really working well”.
As a result, they got to “really go for it” this season and try some things in certain episodes that have never been tried by “Star Trek”. One, of course, is the previously announced crossover episode between ‘Worlds’ and the animated “Star Trek: Lower Decks” with Jack Quaid and Tawny Newsome’s characters appearing in live-action form.
Whilst crossovers in “Star Trek” are commonplace, and the jump from live-action to cartoon is pretty standard, the jump from cartoon to live-action in a crossover is almost never done. This has led to obvious questions about the tone – would it stifle the more comedic stylings of the animated series?
Not at all, says Mount: “it’s tremendous fun and straight-up comedy, and we had a blast with it.” He then goes on to promise things are going to get wilder and bigger:
“That [the crossover] is not even the craziest thing that we did. There’s one episode I’m thinking of towards the end of the season – and you’ll know when you see it – where it required us to work many weekends. But we were so excited about it, it was not laborious. We were excited to show up for Sunday rehearsals and all the things we’re having to do to pull together this one episode. We’re really excited about it.”
This gels with comments made by co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers in September last year promising the new run has “a couple of things that have never been done on Trek before”.
Oscar-nominated actress Carol Kane joins the cast of the new run as Chief Engineer Pelia, and Mount talked about what she adds to the series:
“She is lovely. I love working with her. Obviously, I’ve been a fan of hers my entire life. So when I saw her I was like, ‘What! That’s crazy.’ And I was so excited and it’s so out of left field. But she is so much fun to work with because she has this quality about her where – she’s been doing this for decades – and she has this thing where she never assumes she knows how it’s done, and I don’t know how she manages to retain that sense of purity in any given scene… She’s consistently happy and funny and makes the most interesting choices. We’ve been so lucky to have her.”
In related news, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes says he thinks the near future of “Star Trek” on the big screen is essentially dead. Speaking with SFX (via Slashfilm) and having had experience directing two of the big screen ‘Trek’ films with “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Insurrection,” he says he doesn’t think “Star Trek” is coming back to the big screen anytime soon:
“Movies are tough! Even JJ [Abrams] can’t get this fourth movie off the ground. All those wonderful rumors? Noah Hawley was attached to a ‘Star Trek’ movie, and Quentin was toying with people’s emotions about doing a movie. If those two names can’t get a f——- movie made, I don’t know. TV is the future, it seems to me.”
That future includes “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”. Frakes is the director of the crossover episode with ‘Lower Decks’ and gushed about working on the episode:
“It was such a treat for me because it is a flat-out comedy. Full on. And they’re fearless over there. They take some really big swings on ‘Strange New Worlds.’”
He confirms that the Boimler and Mariner characters are animated at the beginning and end of the episode but spend most of their runtime in their live-action forms.
The ten-episode second season hasn’t set an air date as yet, but it is expected to kick off after the end of the third season of “Star Trek: Picard” which begins February 16th. Thus a May premiere seems the likeliest possibility.