Sunday, May 29, 2022

Round Two: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Season 1, Episode 2 “Children of the Comet” (B+)

I was thirteen years old when “Star Trek: Enterprise” first premiered, and I remember watching that show as a bridge between the future of the existing Trek universe and modern society, where the notion of seatbelts on starships was brought up because technology was still at a certain point that made more sense to what we know in the real world. While this show does feel sleeker in its depiction of its characters and their exploits, it’s a similar idea, where Pike is still a casual, relatable commander who appreciates the fact that Uhura was tricked into showing up in dress uniform and is all for very down-to-earth (in space, of course) conversations. I appreciated Spock’s contribution to the conversation, that he had never understood the human inclination to laugh at other people’s misfortune. Uhura, who may not be sure that she wants to be on the Enterprise long-term, is quite impressive, fluent in thirty-seven languages because they had twenty-two in Kenya. Moving the comet was a remarkable undertaking, and the notion that there were shepherds who venerated the comet, whose course they believed was preordained, was an interesting take that I feel like Star Trek shows often offer. Alien races that don’t have the same form of language are intriguing, and, as usual, Pike found a creative way to not provoke a war with them while still saving the people who would have died on the planet, only to discover that the comet’s course may have been preordained after all.

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