Paramount+ debuted the official opening credits for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Twitter this morning, and the sequence leans heavily into fan nostalgia. The credits are a visually stunning tribute to the iconic opening credits sequence for Star Trek: The Original Series, showing the USS Enterprise soaring through space, past asteroid belts and clouds of interstellar dust as it searches for the titular new worlds. Even the voiceover dialogue remains the same (except “no man” is now “no one”).
As we’ve previously reported, showrunner Akiva Goldsman has confirmed that Strange New Worlds will return to the episodic structure of classic Star Trek—making it a rare beast in this era of serialized storytelling and streaming platforms—and will respect existing canon. It will feature Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and Ethan Peck’s Spock, who first appeared in Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season.
Babs Olusanmokun plays Dr. M’Benga; Celia Rose Gooding has the unenviable task of filling Nichelle Nichols’ shoes as Cadet Nyota Uhura; Jess Bush plays Nurse Christine Chapel; Melissa Navai plays Lt. Erica Ortegas; Bruce Orak plays an Aenar named Hemmer who is blind in one eye (Aenar are an albino subspecies of Andorians that are generally depicted as blind); and Christina Chong plays La’An Noonien-Singh (a relation of the classic revenge-obsessed Star Trek villain Khan). The streaming platform has already greenlighted a second season, with Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries) joining the cast as future Enterprise Capt. James T. Kirk.
Paramount+ released a brief teaser in March and a full-length trailer just a few weeks ago. The latter opened with Pike beaming into the middle of what appears to be a bitter dispute between two alien factions. There were crew members beaming down to the surface of a comet and encountering a large, glowing, golden egg-shaped structure. Pike and the Enterprise found themselves under fire by aliens who considered their presence to be “blasphemy.” And romance bloomed for both Pike and Spock (separately, not with each other—sorry, slashfic shippers).
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on Paramount+ on May 5, 2022, so we’ll soon learn much more about the crew’s adventures in this first season.