Enterprise's First Captain Is Cast In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Adrian Holmes plays Robert April, the Enterprise's first captain, who is followed by Captain Pike in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Captain Pike (Mount) will command the spaceship Enterprise to explore new worlds around the cosmos a decade before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Leading characters from The Original Series will appear, including Spock (Peck) and Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding). Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be more episodic than Star Trek: Discovery, with a more independent structure and less continuity between episodes, comparable to The Original Series and The Next Generation.
According to a source from Comicbook.com, Holmes will play Robert April, the captain of the Enterprise with Pike as his first officer before Pike became the series' captain. April has only appeared in one episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, which aired in the early 1970s and is often forgotten. In the premiere episode, April's mission is to recruit Pike to look for Number One (Romijn.)
With Captain Kirk confirmed for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' second season, it's evident that the show will be heavy on returning characters, both important and small. April was the Enterprise's original captain and oversaw its construction, which may lead to some fascinating character beats between him and Captain Pike. It's also worth mentioning that April was the first captain of the Enterprise NCC-1701, not Jonathon Archer's initial Enterprise NX-01.
Strange New Worlds is shaping out to be an homage to classic Star Trek storylines, updated with current VFX and a more diverse cast. Though only time will tell if the new series is worthy of the Star Trek moniker, its respect for continuity and meticulous attention to detail make it appear extremely promising. Finally, if Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has the same level of inventiveness as its predecessors and good performances from its ensemble, which now includes Holmes, it may be something truly extraordinary.