Strange New Worlds Star Responds To Spock’s Surprising Love Triangle

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Jess Bush talks about the love triangle between her character Nurse Chapel, Spock (Ethan Peck), and T’Pring (Gia Sandhu). Strange New Worlds is currently filming its ten-episode season 2 and will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023. The series also stars Anson Mount, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia, Babs Olusanmokun, and Rebecca Romijn.

Strange New Worlds follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they explore the far reaches of the galaxy in more episodic stories, harkening back to classic Star Trek shows. One of season 1’s storylines includes Spock’s engagement to fellow Vulcan T’Pring, despite potentially having feelings for Nurse Chapel due to their obvious chemistry. In The Original Series, set ten years after Strange New Worlds, Chapel admits to having feelings for Spock, yet never acts on them in a canonical way.


In celebration of Star Trek Day, Bush sat down with Screen Rant to discuss her role, and where the character might go in season 2. When asked about the love triangle, Bush says Chapel’s relationship with Spock is one of the things she’s asked about most often, and that there has to be something between them. She goes on to say how flattering it is that the fans have such a strong response to her performance, and how authentic it feels. Read her quote below:

I know! I know! I think it’s so funny. I love it. In my time at conventions, people just really want it to be real. They’re like, “So what’s going on, really? There has to be something going on with you guys.” I think it’s really lovely that people connect with the chemistry of our characters. It’s great to know that we’re giving something authentic and helping people have an experience through that.

The Original Series features an episode in which T’Pring leaves Spock for another Vulcan, but a lot can happen within the decade of the two shows. Strange New Worlds has circumvented Star Trek canon in some interesting ways, so it’ll be interesting to see how the relationships between the three evolve, despite fans already knowing the outcome. As Bush puts it, her scenes with Peck are interesting enough to see where the plotline will go.

Strange New Worlds smartly lets episodes affect each other while still maintaining standalone themes, with Spock and Chapel’s relationship being a good example. Characters have to grow as a result of their actions, otherwise they become static and far less compelling to watch, with nuances being the lifeblood of any interesting character. Fans will have to wait and see where the love triangle is set to go, but if Bush and Peck keep up their compelling performances, it’ll be another element that makes Star Trek: Strange New Worlds popular with fans everywhere.

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