WATCH Magazine: June 2022: Star Trek

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS | FOCUS

“The world shared among the three of us is really spectacular. It is something that I may never have with anyone else.” — ETHAN PECK

neither of us had seen Detroit before. This past weekend, we hung out with Rebecca and her family at the park. I genuinely enjoy the people I work with on the show, and I know enough not to take that for granted. RR: It’s true. Anson, Ethan, and I have been in this together going on three years now. It has felt like the longest pregnancy in history! We have created this extraordinary friendship between the three of us, which we have extended to the rest of this cast, all of whom we adore. EP: I now share this incredible bond with Anson and Rebecca that has evolved from Discovery to Strange New Worlds . The world shared among the three of us is really spectacular. It is something that I may never have with anyone else. That is just so unique—to become family with the people you work with. That is what this is to me, family. Ethan, the early episodes of Strange New Worlds hint at a more romantic side of Spock. Can we expect to see more of that? EP: There is a lot more exploration of Spock’s human side on this show than we have ever seen before. That, of course, includes human nature. Many of us are sexually compelled, and he is no different. I think it is a part of him that we will encounter in the series based on the amount of time we spend with him within his inner chambers. People will really be sur- prised and amused by what they discover there. Why do you think Star Trek has lasted so long and had such a lasting cultural impact? EP: I can speak to the ongoing appeal of Spock. We are all try- ing to find this comfortable place between logic and emotion,

between being human and Vulcan. It is something we all struggle with within our own lives. He is such a unique, lasting character because he shows us so much about ourselves. He gives us a lot to hold on to. RR: This show is as relevant now as it was in the ’60s when Gene Roddenberry created it—almost more so. And it is not even just in our country, but internationally. What it stands for has never been more relevant. I’m a mother now, sharing it with my daughters, and I was introduced to the Original Series by my mother when I was 8 years old. It carries on a conversa- tion that has been vital across generations. It helps to explain what is going on in the world through vibrant storytelling. That’s a real gift that Star Trek just keeps delivering. Sure, you can enjoy the show just as shallow entertainment, but it’s designed to have a takeaway at the end of every episode, some- thing that sparks a conversation and often asks you to take a different point of view. AM: Part of the joy of Star Trek is in the joy of exploration with a sense of empathy rather than a colonial or empirical perspec- tive. When asked about space exploration, the vast majority of people on this planet say that, yeah, we should be engaged in space exploration. Why? Why do we have that as a species? Something in us is called to turn around and walk away from the campfire and into the dark forest to see what’s out there. We often assume that the sum total of human endeavor is based on greed. I disagree with that. I think that one of the main reasons we first walked out beyond the firelight was because it was the best way to look at the stars. We have always wondered what was up there. I think that Star Trek taps into that specific dream. It’s something that’s a deeply primordial part of ourselves.

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