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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Trailer Highlights a Pre-Kirk Enterprise

Paramount+ has revealed the official, full-length trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worldsahead of the show's premiere on May 5.

Whereas March's teaser trailer clocks in at just under 90 seconds and keeps things pretty vague, the new official trailer runs at just under two minutes and offers greater insight into the kind of adventures the crew of the USS Enterprise will be going on under the leadership of Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount).

In addition to the trailer itself, Paramount+ has released a new still in which Pike is flanked by Una Chin-Riley/Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Mr. Spock (Ethan Peck), as well as a new piece of key art featuring the full Enterprise crew of Pike, Number One, Spock, Nyota Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding), Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia), Hemmer (Bruce Horak), Christine Chapel (Jess Bush), La'an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong) and M'Benga (Babs Olusanmokun).

Strange New Worlds serves as both a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery and a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. The show chronicles Pike's time leading the USS Enterprise before James T. Kirk took over the captain's chair. Mount, Romijn and Peck reprise their roles as Pike, Number One and Spock, respectively, from Discovery. That being said, Kirk will factor into the upcoming second season of Strange New Worlds, with The Vampire Diariesalum Paul Wesley being cast in the iconic role previously played by William Shatner and Chris Pine.

Capt. Pike -- not Capt. Kirk -- was the main protagonist of "The Cage," the original Star Trekpilot that was screened to NBC in 1965 but was not aired on television in its entirety until 1988. In "The Cage," Pike was portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter. Sean Kenney later portrayed Pike in the two-part Star Trek Season 1 episode "The Menagerie," which aired in 1966 and used footage from "The Cage" for flashback sequences.

Several decades later, Bruce Greenwood portrayed Pike in the Kelvin Timeline reboot filmsStar Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), with the character preceding Chris Pine's Kirk as captain of the Enterprise. Back in the Prime Timeline, Mount took on the role of Pike in Discovery Season 2, which premiered in 2019 and is set a few years after the events of "The Cage."

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 premieres Thursday, May 5 on Paramount+.

Source: Paramount+; YouTube

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