Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S01E01 "Strange New Worlds"
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- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds | Series Premiere | Full Episode | Paramount+
- Paramount Plus
- May 6 2022
I would call this pilot... serviceable. It's a painfully overdone Trek story. I watched the episode on Sunday and I've already forgotten most of what happened. However, I was happy with the characters, art direction, and pacing. Trek shows always get a rough start (some of them never get out of that state IMO). So it's hard to judge too harshly. I'll definitely keep watching to see how things go.
the night I watched this, I was coming off of some intense Picard hate / anger / five stages and, in the moment, I felt that was definitely on the right track. I still think it is, but like you, I don't remember shit outside of Pike transporting down and saving the day with a speech.
I do remember the visuals a lot more, though. But you can slap anybody on a horse in the snow and I'll think it deserves an Oscar or Emmy for cinematography.
edit: tonight's ep was good in the context of new trek. Its a good balance / compromise between new trek and good trek.
I think something that was kind of annoying to me and made this story feel really generic was how little was explained about the aliens they were interacting with. I feel like in most of the other episodes that follow this formula (e.g. "The Hunted", "Who Watches the Watchers" from TNG) there was a lot more attention paid to explaining the alien civilization itself. In this case, the conflict between sides was barely explained, and that made the shocked reaction to Pike's speech from the alien crowd seem pretty hollow.
IDK. I think I liked it overall and I think it has the potential to get better, but yeah, the first episode was pretty derivative. I haven't watched the second episode because I don't have a subscription, but I am curious to see how the series develops.
I'm pretty much 1:1 with you with this. There's a lot of potential here, but its new -- and TNG didn't really find its groove until mid season two or so (or later, according to some.)
The second episode was great, but also suffered from the same lack of exposition. There was some, but it didn't have the same level of diplomacy we saw with TNG, mainly because they didn't spend a lot of time with the others.
This episode was a solid start to the season, but I really enjoyed episode 2. Much more like the Trek of yesteryear.
It’s so refreshing to get some old school episodic Trek.
I liked it. Probably going to re-up on a free trial to check out the rest of the season when I have a minute. Theme was pretty good, and Pike wrestling with what he knows is going to happen to him would be an interesting thing to hang in the background for the rest of the season. Half expected the civil war to end by the two factions putting on a unified front against the Federation, but maybe I'm out of practice with the whole Star Trek thing.
If there's any single way to sum up Star Trek, it would likely be "optimistic" followed by "utopian". So the both sides resolving their differences is pretty on brand IMO. It also fits with the parallel to current US events that they were clearly (blatently even, there was TV footage of Jan6) trying to draw. The idealistic outcome would be to have everyone suddenly come to their senses by realizing there are far more important existential threats to deal with (climate change, for instance) than who's side wins.
I just finished the latest picard review by red letter media. They may be just acting, but the grief and frustration they portray mirrors my own.
The only new trek worthy of the banner appears to be prodigy, but only just. It’d be an awesome star wars tho.
Discovery wasn’t even really worthy. The mycelium travel was a trek worthy idea, as well as some forward thinking on sex and gender. But the rest? The expanse does it way better.