Star Trek: Strange New Worlds recently concluded its first season on Paramount+, and it sounds like Rebecca Romijn is already looking ahead to the show’s second. After becoming a fan favorite before the show even began, her character — Number One — was central to the end-of-season cliffhanger, when she was sent to a penal colony.
Per TrekMovie, Romihn spoke as part of the Strange New Worlds panel at the 56-Year Mission Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, where she discussed the end of the first season and what might be in store for her character going forward.
Asked whether Number One’s season 2 arc would tie into Star Trek mythology and the Eugenics Wars, Romjin said, “It will be expanded upon in the second season, yes….”
The Eugenics Wars were a significant event in the Original Series, taking place in what was then the future world of the 1990s. The concept was introduced in Space Seed and was later central to the legendary movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The event has also been referenced in Star Trek: Picard and extensive spin-off material, including novels and comics.
Rebecca Romijn is no stranger to playing a mutant, having played Mystique in the X-Men movies for over a decade. She drew a comparison between her two characters:
What also is really strange about it, and I probably shouldn’t say this, but I kept going back to when I was playing Mystique as a mutant. I had little bits of dialogue in season 2 that were literally word-for-word things I said in the X-Men series before. But they are related. They are two characters, and I relate them.
It sounds like Rebecca Romjin is already looking ahead to the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for her character!
Other highlights from the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds panel
Rebecca Romijn was joined on the 56-Year Mission panel by the rest of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds cast, including Anton Mount (Pike) and Ethan Peck (Spock).
Mount contrasted his experiences on Star Trek: Discovery and Strange New Worlds. “They are very similar experiences in the sense that it’s a lot of the same crew and creatives. So we have built-in relationships that helped us to get started much smoother than most shows,” he said. “And the day-to-day is very similar, on different sets. But yes, the episodic structure of it has allowed us—this is really [showrunners] Akiva [Goldsman] and Henry [Alonso Myers] just pushing the envelope as much as possible and really getting to play more. Akiva’s mantra is ‘Star Trek can be a lot of things; Star Trek can be anything.’ So I’ve really enjoyed the hell out of that.”
Ethan Peck meanwhile acknowledged that taking on the iconic role of Mr. Spock is no easy feat, saying it’s an “incredible, beautiful burden.” Even four years after being cast in Discovery, he still feels excited and honored to play such an iconic character.
“Ask me that in 10 years. Right now, it’s a thing that’s kind of difficult to integrate into my reality,” Peck told the audience. “I’m just kind of experiencing it and having the experiences that are written for me on set. And I’m really incredibly grateful for it. And yeah, I pinch myself. I am living the dream. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.”
Peck also said he was “very excited about” exploring Spock’s relationship with his half-brother Sybok, the character having appeared before back in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
With big storylines like Number One’s arrest, the return of Sybok, and Pike’s impending doom, it sounds like the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is going to be just as exciting as the first. We can’t wait to see what the cast has in store for us!
Season 1 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is available now on Paramount+. The second season will air in 2023.