Season Two Begins on June 15, 2023
Arriving just in time before the season two debut of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the 4K release of season one! It got delayed in Canada, but for those wanting to get caught up before the broadcast of the next season on Paramount Prime, now’s the time!
In what I am preparing for is to remind myself of the continuing story arcs that matter, which also includes what’s happening with Mr. Spock and T’Pring. While that relationship is official, just what this science officer feels for Nurse Chapel has been something of an unusual thorn. I can’t wait to see where this love triangle goes in season two. While “Spock Amok” is a precursor to the penultimate “Amok Time,” just what his feelings are is uncertain. And there’s a lot to read into this update to Spock’s Journey (Ethen Peck). To borrow upon a popular song title, People are Strange, indeed.
However, the real standout is “The Elysian Kingdom.” It’s very familiar, where not only Star Trek’s “Metamorphosis” may have provided the inspiration for its genesis but also there’s Deep Space 9’s “Rumpelstiltskin,” where energy beings are wandering the galaxy and giving hope to those wanting their dreams fulfilled. Had there been a director’s commentary, I’m sure what’s said might suggest a connection and evolution of this cloud entity! What I offer are merely guesses, especially when concerning a series that likes to connect the dots more often than not.
Although this series doesn’t fully connect with the original due to the look, I can buy into what I feel is a cleanup of the classic series for modern tastes. As for what Captain Pike (Anson Mount) must face, I must’ve not been paying attention since he’s aware of his future, his fate. Whether he’ll let it come to fruition or alter it depends on whether this upcoming season validates where this series fits in the time-line/multiverse.
As for how the actors feel about the big shoes they have to fill, including becoming the characters as they’re known from the original series, the interviews included in this set says it all. Had there been a director’s commentary for each episode, I’m sure what’s said might suggest a connection where the decades between what happened! What I offer are merely guesses, especially when concerning a series that likes to connect the dots more often than not.
Although this universe doesn’t fully connect with the original series due to the modern look, I can buy into what Captain Pike must face. He’s made aware of his destiny and as for whether he’ll let it come to fruition or alter it depends on whether this upcoming season validates where this series fits in the time-line/multiverse.
However, I still think including Noonien-Singh in the series is a misfire–not everything has to be interconnected. That’s a problem many series face when producers believe the world is indeed smaller than fans realise. There’s also Sybok for those eagle-eyed, and he’s not exactly the most loved either. In Star Trek, there’s an unexplored galaxy, and parts of it aren’t even ruled by the Federation. That should also include where threats emerge. If the Borg enter the game too early in the known history, I’ll be vocal about it!
What’s offered in the bonus material on the third disc is great at showing what showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers are inspired by. It says a lot more about what they chose to bring back to the small screen, whether fans like it or not. At least we all agree about why “Balance of Terror” is important in all the narrative themes to explore. This classic episode says it all about why command in a startship is what it is.
In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, what keeps Pike going is that he’ll have to confront destiny and I’m a little bit curious in how Kirk will become further involved as new seasons get developed. The current captain knows his fate and as for his relationship with the lieutanant, I like to see where that goes. As later episodes reveal, Pike realises that he’ll have to accept what’s to come, eyes wide open. Anyone who’s followed this franchise for a long time knows he’s doomed to be put on a mechanical life support and resemble Davros from Doctor Who. Thankfully, he won’t turn evil.