In addition to Pike, Spock and Number One (named Una in the show), several other hereditary characters appear in “Strange New Worlds”.
Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun) was originally seen in two episodes from 1966: “A Private Little War” and “That Who Survives”. He was originally played by actor Booker Bradshaw. It was suggested that Enterprise had two chief physicians, although after the two episodes mentioned, it was largely only Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley).
Nurse Christine Chapel, originally played by Majel Barrett, was featured throughout the original “Star Trek,” and would often be seen flirting with Spock. In “Strange New Worlds”, she is the nurse for Dr. M’Benga, still lives through a wilder youth and is played by Jess Bush.
La’an Noonien Singh (Christina Chong) is a descendant of Khan Noonien Singh, the character played by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original series “Space Seed” and the feature film “Star Trek II: the Erath of Khan.” Who her parents or her grandmother are has not been explicitly stated. Khan was a genetically engineered super-creature that was banished from Earth after the Eugenics Wars and would eventually be found in cryogenic stasis in a few years. La’an thus carries the same genetic manipulation that sets her apart from her peers.
Lt. Uhura, originally played by Nichelle Nichols, appears as a young cadet on “Strange New Worlds,” and is by Celia Rose Gooding. Uhura was a communications officer at Enterprise, and is portrayed as an avid linguist and language expert on the new show. Uhura’s status as a language expert is a detail from JJ Abram’s 2009 reboot film.
Then to your checklist: Watch “The Cage”, “The Menagerie”, “A Private Little War”, “That Who Survives”, “Space Seed”, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and the second season of “Discovery “, and you will be an equally well-educated Trekkie as the die-hards. Or you may see it after reading this article. It’s a good show and it really stands alone.
“Strange New Worlds” debuts on Paramout + on May 5, 2022.