The Australian actor on putting a new spin on a legacy character and smacking Spock.
By Jordan Hoffman, June 14, 2022
On paper Star Trek: Strange New Worlds sounds like a studio note-driven nightmare. It is a spin-off to a prequel, featuring a mix of new characters plus actors like Ethan Peck and Celia Rose Gooding doing the impossible: recreating the iconic roles of Spock and Lt. Uhura.
But the Paramount+ series, now over halfway through its first season, is cruising at warp factor nine. (That’s good; if it went much faster, there would be catastrophic consequences.) Everything about this new show works: the stories, the sets, and, especially the performances. Led by Anson Mount as Captain Pike, and surrounded by Peck, Gooding, Rebecca Romijn, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Melissa Navia, Gia Sandhu, Bruce Horak, Dan Jeannotte, and Adrian Holmes, the pre–Captain Kirk version of the USS Enterprise is an upbeat, lively place loaded with energetic and invigorating adventure.