Writer and producer Akiva Goldsmith opened up to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview about the upcoming seasons of his two Star Trek shows – and fans are going to be pretty excited about one particular aspect that he’s incorporating into his new series Strange New Worlds.
“It’s unlike the other shows in that it’s really episodic. If you think back to The Original Series, it was a tonally more liberal — I don’t mean in terms of politics, but it could sort of be more fluid,” Goldsmith told The Hollywood Reporter. “Like sometimes Robert Bloch would write a horror episode. Or Harlan Ellison would have ‘City on the Edge of Forever,’ which is hard sci-fi. Then there would be comedic episodes, like ‘Shore Leave’ or ‘The Trouble With Tribbles.'”
Goldsmith says that this openness to exploring other styles of genres has influenced what we can expect from Strange New World. “So [co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers and myself are trying to serve that. We’ve all become very enamored, myself included, with serialized storytelling. And I’m talking to you from behind the stage where we’re shooting Picard, which is deeply serialized.” Goldsmith concludes “But Strange New Worlds is very much adventure-of-the-week but with serialized character arcs.”
In the interview, Goldsmith also shed light on the differences between the two shows aside from storytelling, saying everyone involved “wants Strange New Worlds to be a different show.” Goldsmith states “It’s not Discovery. There are a few more reach-backs (to The Original Series) and the uniforms have been adjusted slightly, the sets are slightly different,” said Goldsmith. “Remember the Enterprise existed as a little piece of [the show Discovery], but now it’s its own object. When you close your eyes and think of the key sets and situations that you think of The Original Series, that’s what we’re looking to do.”