Since Star Trek: Strange New Worlds First docked on Paramount+ in early May, fans were tickled by the new and sometimes familiar stories the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered. While the series has certainly put its own mark on the franchise, mixing new characters with old ones and tying together unfinished stories, it of course sticks to the classic canon that its followers know and love. To further celebrate this throwback benefit, the series took to his Twitter account to post retro-style posters, each reflecting an episode we’ve seen so far.
Celebrating the series premiere, the first poster focuses on the series’ first episode, aptly titled “Strange New Worlds.” The colorful orange, blue and purple image depicts the USS Enterprise hovering over a city. At the top, the words “First Contact!”, “Kiley 279” and “M-Class Planet” are written to tell us that the planet is habitable for oxygen-breathing creatures and that Starfleet is moving forward making know for the first time. Contact. If you’ve seen the episode, you’ll know that the big reveal doesn’t quite go to plan.
The second poster takes on a darker tone by focusing on the fourth episode of Season 1 titled “Memento Mori”. An incredibly eerie episode, the poster’s colors reflect the trouble the USS Enterprise has gotten itself into as they plunge into a black hole and encounter an ultra-hostile reptilian species known as the Gorn. Longtime fans of the series will know that this isn’t the first time we’ve encountered the creatures, but it’s certainly the most terrifying fantasy of them all. The poster shows the hostile alien’s “hunting grounds” as one of their ships hovers inside a black hole, hidden by a cluster of clouds, just below the Enterprise, waiting for they take the first step.
Next up is a poster of the lightest episode viewers yet. Give themselves and the audience a week to recover from the darkness that was the introduction of the show’s big baddies – the Gorn, the next episode, “Spock Amok”, brought camp and silliness to the series. The Body Swap episode focuses most of its story on Spock (Ethan Peck) and his fiancée T’Pring (Gia Sandhu), both of whom can be seen on the poster wrapped in a moment of tenderness. With Starbase 1 in the center of the image, we also see several other scenes from the episode unfold, including the R’ongovian flagship flying the Federation flag and Doctor M’Benga (Babs Olusan Mokun) enjoying some peace and quiet while fly fishing.
The final image is the most trippy and colorful, as it depicts the events that unfolded during the series’ recent sixth episode, “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach.” The story centers on a child from a utopian planet who is portrayed and revered as the chosen one. However, as the episode begins to unfold, we see that being celebrated on this planet isn’t all it’s made out to be. The neon pink letters spell out the name of the planet new to viewers, “Majalis”, and reveal the child supposed to save them all. The words “For science. For service.” are written across the top, revealing the deadly secret of the idyllic planet to those who dare to look closer.
With Peck, Sandhu and Olusanmokun, Strange new worlds also stars Mount Anson, Jesse Bush, Rebecca Romijn, Christina Chang, Melissa Naviaand Celia Rose Gooding. You can check out all the posters below and get a feel for the first seven episodes of Season 1 which are currently streaming on Paramount+.