The upcoming “Star Trek” spin-off series “Strange New Worlds” sounds like it will be the most old school of all the recent Trek shows according to producer Akiva Goldsman.
Aside from “Deep Space Nine” with its increasing serialisation over time and the latter half of “Enterprise,” all the Trek shows are noted for their episodic nature.
Sure there were callbacks, recurring characters, multi-parters, and character subplot arcs that crossed episodes and seasons, but essentially each of them allowed you to jump in and out of random episodes without having to keep up much with what came before.
The two most recent live-action series though, “Discovery” and “Picard,” have a much more serialised nature and both essentially follow season-long storylines that make jumping into random episodes prohibitive.
That won’t be the case with ‘Worlds’. Speaking with Heat Vision, Goldsman says:
“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. 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.”
So [co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers and myself are trying to serve that. We’ve all become very enamored,