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The trailer for Star Trek: Strange New World's high-anticipated second season is here and there are surprises galore.
While the promotional video spends a great deal of time teasing the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise, with a few steamy moments of romance thrown in the mix, the highlight for many fans was the first look the show's Lower Decks crossover. The trailer's final scenes reveal the live-action debut of Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) and Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), both of whom have a guest role in Strange New Worlds Season 2. Details on the crossover episode's narrative are still scarce but Paramount has reassured fans that it will also feature animated segments.
As for the rest of the trailer, the video spotlights the crew's various adventures on uncharted planets. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) demonstrates more of her daredevil flying in a shuttle plummeting through orbit while Spock (Ethan Peck) becomes more comfortable in the captain's chair, a role that grants him the confidence to coin an awkward new catchphrase. A full-blown alien invasion of what appears to be Earth takes center stage as James T. Kirk, played by Paul Wesley, lectures on the risks involved with working in Starfleet.
Star Trek's Crossover for the Ages
Speaking about the Lower Decks/Strange New Worlds crossover, Quaid elaborated on the challenges of bringing an animated character into live-action given the amount of nuance that may make or break the role. "What do you do? What's too much? What's too little? How do you stay in the voice?" Quaid pondered. "How do you bring some physicality to it? How does the character move on the animated show, and how can you make that work in live action?
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiered on Paramount+ in 2022 and instantly became a firm favorite among fans of the sci-fi franchise. Set a decade before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, the show chronicles the adventures of Captain Pike and his crew while also alluding to the iconic 1966 show. Critics have praised SNW's mix of exciting action and character drama, brought to life by an all-star cast. Beyond Mount, Peck and Navia, the series stars Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley, Cecelia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura and Christina Chong as La'an Noonien-Singh.
Star Trek: Strange New World Season 2 premieres on June 15.