The Star Trek franchise has been around for decades. There have been 12 different television series along with films, video games, novels and comic books. With all of that, can you believe that there has never been a musical-themed episode in the franchise's 57-year history? Well, that's about to change.
Paramount+ revealed today that the upcoming ninth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be a musical. The Season 2 episode, appropriately titled "Subspace Rhapsody," was teased during the Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the trailer below.
While there have been musical scenes in previous Star Trek television series, this is the first full-fledged musical episode. It will feature 10 original songs plus a musical version of the series' main title. The music and lyrics for the episode were written by Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and Tom Polce (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Musical episodes can often be hit or miss for television series, but I absolutely love the creative direction the showrunners so often take with Strange New Worlds.
Details for the episode were not revealed, but it appears that the crew of the Enterprise will get zapped by some space anomaly that will make them break out into song and dance. "Subspace Rhapsody" -- Season 2, Episode 9 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds -- will premiere on Paramount+ on August 3.
That wasn't the only exciting news to emerge from today's panel. In addition to the advanced screening of Episode 7 -- the highly anticipated Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Lower Decks special crossover episode -- was released early. The episode will be available to stream today, July 22, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Paramount+ in the U.S. Here's the release schedule for the remaining episodes of Season 2:
● Saturday, July 22 - Episode 207, “Those Old Scientists”
● Thursday, July 27 - Episode 208, “Under the Cloak of War”
● Thursday, August 3 - Episode 209, “Subspace Rhapsody”
● Thursday, August 10 - Episode 210 (Season Finale), “Hegemony”
Speaking of Star Trek: Lower Decks, we also got the official trailer for Season 4 which begins streaming on September 7 on Paramount+.
Boimler (Jack Quaid), Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Tendi (Noël Wells) and the rest of the U.S.S. Cerritos crew prove they are more than just lower deckers in the official Season 4 trailer!