Paramount+ released the opening titles of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, making Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) the 12th character to recite Star Trek’s famous introduction. A prequel set in the years before Star Trek: The Original Series, Strange New Worlds chronicles Pike’s voyages as Captain of the Starship Enterprise. Indeed, Strange New Worlds also brings back the classic Star Trek episodic format where the Enterprise will travel to a new planet and solve a different problem each episode. As evidenced by Strange New Worlds‘ opening titles, the series thrillingly evokes the classic Star Trek nostalgia while updating the Starship Enterprise for modern audiences.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds literally lifts its title from Star Trek’s world-renowned introduction, which may be the most famous mission statement in pop culture: “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.” As of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the more inclusive “no one” replaced “no man” in the mantra, and there have been other slight variations depending on who recites it. But by the time Captain Pike gets his turn at reciting Star Trek’s introduction, he becomes the dozenth member of the Starship Enterprise to bring “Space, the final frontier…” to life.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ opening credits happily features Captain Pike uttering the famous intro, which is accompanied by a new version of Alexander Courage’s classic Star Trek theme music composed by Jeff Russo. Beyond igniting amazing nostalgia, it also hammers home that Strange New Worlds is the classic Star Trek reborn. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) opened every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series with “Space, the final frontier…” From 1966 to 1982, Kirk was the only one to recite Star Trek’s mission statement until Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Spock (Leonard Nimoy) delivered the famous speech (with slight wording variations) after the Vulcan’s death. Interestingly, Shatner’s Kirk never said “Space, the final frontier…” in any Star Trek movie he starred in although his closing speech in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ended with his acknowledgment of “where no one has gone before.”
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) made “Space, the final frontier…” his own for seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but, surprisingly, Picard never gave the famous speech in any of the TNG movies. In 2005, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) got to join his fellow Enterprise Captains, Picard and Kirk, in the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, “These Are The Voyages,” but Archer only got to say the last line, “To boldly go where no man has gone before,” leading into Star Trek: Enterprise’s cancelation.
In the Kelvin timeline of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie trilogy, the mission statement was used to close out Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Beyond, reaffirming the mission of the Starship Enterprise (and Enterprise-A). Star Trek 2009 ended with Leonard Nimoy’s Ambassador Spock reciting “Space, the final frontier…” for the second time in a movie (making Nimoy’s Spock the only character to do so). 2016’s Star Trek Beyond touchingly ended with the entire main cast, including Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. Bones McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) taking turns reciting the legendary lines.
In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Captain Pike fittingly joins this storied list of some of the greatest Star Trek icons to deliver the words every Trekker wants to hear when the Starship Enterprise jumps to warp. It’s a definitive statement that the Starship Enterprise and the feeling of classic Star Trek are indeed back to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premieres Thursday, May 5th, 2022, on Paramount+.