Soon, the original starship Enterprise will be flying through the cosmos once again, in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This series is a prequel to the original 1960s Star Trek series, and features Anson Mount as the courageous Captain Christopher Pike. Pike famously appeared in the original Trek pilot, but never got to utter the famous words “space….the final frontier.” Now, at long last, he will.
Paramount+ has just released the new intro and theme music for Strange New Worlds. And it showcases the world-famous spoken word intro, along with a retro-sounding them by composer Jeff Russo. He also composed the score for Star Trek: Discovery, which Strange New Worlds spun out from. You can watch the new opening title sequence below:
The new score definitely has hints of the classic Star Trek theme music by Alexander Courage. The modern visuals give us a much closer look at the Enterprise than the original series ever could have. But even with the added textures afforded by modern technology, she still looks very much like the classic NCC-1701. (Not NCC-1701-A, or “bloody B, C, or D” as a drunken Scotty once said on Star Trek: The Next Generation).
The spoken word intro is almost identical to the original. Only with the words “where no man has gone before” changed to “where no one has gone before.” TNG was the first to update that sexist phrasing, way back in 1987. Interesting to note that Captain Pike also says “5-year mission,” which is the same time Kirk commanded the Enterprise originally. Looks like that was the Starfleet standard in the 23rd Century.
Strange New Worlds also stars Ethan Peck as Spock, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura. The premiere episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds drops on Paramount+ on May 5.