Imagination Connoisseur, Donny Pearson, provides an opinion piece on the casting of actor Paul Wesley as Captain James T. Kirk in the second season of the upcoming series – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Let’s give the new captain a chance …

Hello, Rob and fellow Imagination Connoisseurs.

Hope everyone is blessed.

What you’re about to read is just my opinion piece. You don’t have to agree with my opinions, nor do you have to change your opinion for that matter.

It has been nearly a month since Paul Wesley, who portrayed Stefan Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries,” got cast as James T. Kirk in season two of Paramount Plus’ ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ (ST:SNW), the ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ spinoff that stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, commanding officer of the Federation starship USS Enterprise; Rebecca Romijn as Lieutenant Commander Una Chin-Riley, first officer; and Ethan Peck as Lieutenant Spock, science officer.

Although, I don’t have anything against Paul Wesley (whose former wife portrayed Dr. Natalie Manning in “Chicago Fire”). Nor do I have anything against those who hate modern “Star Trek.”

I honestly wish either Andrew Gray who portrayed Red Ranger Troy Burrows in “Power Rangers Megaforce” and “Power Rangers *Super* Megaforce,” or Devon Werkheiser who portrayed Ned Bigby in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” would have been cast as Kirk in ST:SNW, of course, I’m fine with the final decision, though.

In his tweet, William Shatner, who portrayed Jim Kirk in the original series and the first seven overall Star Trek motion pictures, wished Paul Wesley, currently in his late 30s, the best of luck playing that iconic character: “Keep my ship safe, Captain! Congratulations!”

Shat was in his early 30s when he first portrayed Kirk. Chris Pine was in his late 20s when he first portrayed Kirk in the 2009 movie reboot that won a single Oscar. Vic Mignogna was in his late 40s to early 50s when he first portrayed Kirk in Star Trek Continues.

I love STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’s 4K “Director’s Edition” so dearly – to my heart, soul, and mind – but I may give ‘Strange New Worlds’ and a fourth “Kelvin Timeline” movie a try.

That’s my two cents. Thank you for the privilege of your time and may you and yours live long and prosper.

Your enterprising keeper of the flame,
Donny

P.S. For those who missed it, here’s my video version of my opinion piece that also includes my reaction to the recent “Strange” trailer:

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