Anson Mount Weighs in on Episodic Versus Serialized Star Trek

Fans will have to wait for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds to see the return of Captain Christopher Pike. Actor Anson Mount will reprise the iconic role that he landed in the sophomore season of Star Trek: Discovery after the show teased his comeback right before the end of season 1. The upcoming Strange New Worlds series will feature a different narrative style than Discovery. However, Mount believes that the Star Trek franchise has room for both episodic and serialized shows.

“Well, I think that Star Trek is, by nature, episodic,” he said while talking with Collider. “Now, that doesn’t mean that Star Trek can’t be other things. Star Trek can be a lot of things, as we’ve seen in every iteration of it. But classic Trek is really founded on the big idea of the week, and the big idea of the week needs room to breathe. In serialized structure, you’re trying to take care of so many relationships that there doesn’t tend to be a lot of room for that. Now with that said, I think Discovery does a phenomenal job with that structure and I was very fortunate to be a part of it. Normally, serialized is my taste, as an actor, but this really felt like it needed to be episodic.”

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Mount is the fourth actor to portray the legendary captain of the USS Enterprise. Jeffrey Hunter had the first run in 1965’s original pilot, “The Cage,” while Sean Kenney played the aged and disabled Pike in 1966. Bruce Greenwood then took over the role from 2009 to 2013 during the big-screen reboot of the franchise. Ultimately, Anson Mount debuted as Pike in 2019, for the premiere of Discovery season 2.

CBS has yet to announce an official release date for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. However, a late 2021 or an early 2022 debut seems likely.

Do you agree with Anson Mount’s take on Star Trek? Do you believe Star Trek can do well with both episodic and serialized shows? Let us know in the comment section below!

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