After an Unexpected Comedy Episode, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Showrunner Reveals Season 1 Will Tackle Other Major Genres

Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode “Spock Amok”. Read at your own risk!

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds recently premiered its latest episode for Paramount+ Subscribers, and for some it might have been quite an unexpected journey. “Spock Amok” is a comedy episode, and it’s not a genre Trek often tackle unless we talk about Star Trek: Lower Decks, which would have been fitting given the title riff on the Looney Tunes classic “Duck Amuck.” This particular shift in tone won’t be the only moment the sci-fi series jumps into less familiar territory, either, as co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers exclusively revealed to CinemaBlend a glimpse of what’s to come in the season 1.

I spoke to Henry Alonso Myers before the series premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and while talking about “Spock Amok,” I learned about the process the writing team went through when writing the episodes. Myers spoke about what he and the team have been through and teased two exciting and atypical episodes that fans have yet to see:

One of the things we did when designing each episode was to look for a model and say, “Well, where in Star Trek did they try that? Then we would try to do our version of that. Sometimes we would take it then and see how far we could push it. Can we make it bigger? Can we make it crazier? I hope our fun version of Star Trek will be even more fun. There is an upcoming episode that is extremely scary. I hope our scary episode, our horror episode, is extremely terrifying.

star trek certainly tried to use horror elements from the TV side, and even adopted some seriously gruesome body horror visuals for The next generation“Conspiracy”. Strange new worlds tackling the horror makes me think this will be another episode involving the Gorn, which we learned from Christina Chong is coming.

We’ve got a big adventure coming up, and it’s like a really different interesting tone, but it’s absolutely one hundred percent Star Trek, and I think anybody watching the original series would look at that and be like, ‘Yeah, I could see how they could do that. It makes perfect sense. The goal is to try to make a version of it that you wouldn’t have seen at the time.

I’m also incredibly excited for anything that falls under the “adventure” umbrella within the star trek universe. I can only imagine what it entails with just that as a description, but it’ll probably be as playful as these episodes come. I’m pretty sure non-playful lovemaking is a scientific impossibility.

“Spock Amok” is a prime example of Trekthe quirky nature of and its ability to adhere to any type of storytelling one may apply. Although comedic leanings weren’t used much in live action Trek As of late, genre-atypical episodes still have a solid place in the franchise. Myers mentioned other examples of comedic episodes while touching on one of the things he finds wonderful about the franchise as a whole:

If you watch “Trouble With Tribbles” or DS9, they have this “Looking For par ‘Mach In All the Wrong Places” episode. These are really funny episodes. They’re written for that era that way, but they’re funny, and one of the things that I find wonderful about Trek is that it’s malleable. It can be used to explore so many different genres.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has already explored many different genres in Season 1 and will continue to do so throughout the season and into the future. It’s good to hear Henry Alonso Myers and other members of the creative team consider the franchise to be so malleable, as it may encourage them to push further to see what other unexpected premises Trek can approach.

Speaking of “Spock Amok” in particular, Henry Alonso Myers noted that there was a very specific reason for wanting to do this episode at this time. Myers explained the purpose beyond delivering a comedic episode and how it sends a message to viewers:

It was very important to me personally – and I co-wrote that one – to do a comedic episode because, you know, especially after the episode that preceded it, which is a very heartbreaking episode dark, very similar to running and shooting. People have died. We wanted to kind of show the extent of what we were trying to do, and you’ll see in the second half of the season that we continue to do that. It goes in many different directions, but all of them feel like Star Trek to us.

Preach it to the stars, Henry Alonso Myers! Even if we don’t like horror, or comedy, or antics, it’s still star trek completely.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds just passed halfway through season 1. The good news is that while there may not be many episodes left, season 2 is already in production and will bring even more excitement with Paul Wesley as James T. Kirk. Until then, there’s plenty to be excited about in the weeks to come, as the show continues to prove it’s a great entry point for the others.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds release new episodes on Paramount+ (opens in a new tab) Thursdays. Once Season 1 is over, this subscription will be the key to streaming the many more Trek shows that are on the way in 2022 and beyond.