Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Previews Ortegas' S02 Away Team Outfit

As 2023 looms closer, the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is becoming more of a reality. Costume designer Bernadette Croft offered a sneak preview of one of the costumes for helmsperson Lt. Erica Ortegas, who's played by Melissa Navia. It shows the actress trying to fit in on an Arctic-inspired away mission. "Season 2 sneak peek! Rigel Vll landing party disguise. Ortegas was soooo close! Check out the S2 trailer [Star Trek on Paramount Plus]," Croft wrote on Instagram. She also credits Navia; associated creative directors Jem Stone, Heather English, and Sarah Goodwin; cutter Wing Lee; key FX builder Jennifer M. Johnson; key textile artist Anna Pantcheva; and costume illustrator Aurora Kruk. Croft also posted a video of the costume on her Instagram stories.

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Pictured: Melissa Navia as Ortegas of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: James Dimmock/Paramount+ ©2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 Recap

Season one focused on Capt Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) doing his best to serve within his capacity on the U.S.S. Enterprise despite having future knowledge of his grim fate paralyzed and burned nearly beyond recognition as shown in The Original Series two-parter The Menagerie. His first officer and "Number One" Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn) is the only one he confided in about it. After he made his attempt to change his fate by trying to alter the future of himself and the cadets involved in his accident, he's shown a vision by his alternate self about what happens with Spock (Ethan Peck) suffering an even worse fate.

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How Ortegas Shined in "The Elysian Kingdom"

Aside from that, most of the adventures of season one stuck to their traditional non-serialized roots. Ortegas, who was largely on the ship, had several moments to shine with her innovative piloting and adventurous attitude. The standout episode for costuming and Ortegas was the fantasy-driven "The Elysian Kingdom" which saw her as the swashbuckling Adya, the King's right hand, and protector.

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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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