While there's a lot of excitement to be had overall in the future of Star Trek, there has been a special amount of interest in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The project, while technically a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff, will zero in on the time of Captain Pike, Spock, Number One, and the rest of the Enterprise crew in the pre-Kirk era.
Much like Star Trek: Discovery was a relatively untouched era in Trek lore waiting to be explored, so is much of Captain Pike's tenure on the Enterprise. It will give audiences a chance to better get to know key characters a part of the ship's lineup, such as Rebecca Romijn's Number One. Romijn spoke more about the value of the series during the show's panel for Star Trek Day and what she was excited to see explored in the series in regards to her character:
"Well, like 'The Cage' being such an old pilot, the writers have this very unique opportunity where they've had this character that's existed since the beginning of the canon, and she's never been written. I can't wait to find out how vast her skill set is. What are the arrows in her quiver? My number one question is, 'What's her backstory?' And I had a delightful meeting with the writers' room a couple of months ago, and they floated an idea for Number One's backstory that I'm not going to share right now because it blew my mind when they said it. But that's all I can say."
Number One's story will be told on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, but that's all we have to go on for now. Very little is known about the character overall, who was a key character in the original Star Trek's unaired pilot "The Cage." Rebecca Romijn wasn't a part of that portrayal but did appear briefly as the character in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 and an individual episode of Star Trek: Short Treks.
Number One didn't get nearly as much screen time as Anson Mount's Pike or Ethan Peck's Spock, and it's possible that with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds largely episodic format, her character arcs may not be quite as fleshed out. Even so, classic shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine were able to do great character development despite being largely episodic, so I would imagine Strange New Worlds can get pretty deep with Number One's story.
As for the other characters, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will tease Captain Pike reckoning with the knowledge of his future fate where he'll survive on life support following a terrible accident. We'll also see Spock's relationship with Pike, which has been teased to be as strong a bond as the one the Vulcan shared with Captain Kirk. With so many great things to potentially see, it's going to make the wait for this series just that much harder to bear.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is in development for CBS All Access.