With less than one week until the season premiere arrives on Paramount Plus, the title sequence for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was revealed by Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike) on Twitter on Friday, April 29, 2022.
Featuring the main title theme by Jeff Russo, the sequence is primarily based on the titles for Star Trek: The Original Series. Pike provides similar narration as Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), albeit with the gender-conscious update that has been in place since Star Trek: The Next Generation: “where no one has gone before” instead of “where no man has gone before.” Otherwise, the narration is almost identical, down to the five-year mission.
Visually, the sequence opens with detailed shots of the USS Enterprise as its lights progressively illuminate. From there, we are treated to a series of shots of the Enterprise alongside various interstellar phenomena (not to mention a Starbase), much in the vein of the title sequences for TNG, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Lower Decks.
The title sequence is a departure from the other current live-action Trek shows, Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery, which feature more abstract imagery (although the latter incorporates the eponymous starship into its “psychedelic blueprints”). Meanwhile, Star Trek: Prodigy has an opening that is a synthesis between the two title sequence styles, with the USS Protostar traveling past somewhat abstract representations of the characters.
However, there is one element the Strange New Worlds title sequence has in common with the show from which it spun off, Discovery: both end with a few familiar notes from Alexander Courage’s theme song for TOS.
Perhaps the greatest honor of my career to date was getting to utter these words: “Space, the final frontier…” I could not be more proud to be a part of the @StarTrekOnPPlus team and I could not be more grateful to the Trek community. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. pic.twitter.com/NgMvUC9nza
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) April 29, 2022