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Strange new worlds looks like one of the greatest star trek series since Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Featuring Mount Anson as captain Christopher Pikethe show has already found a dedicated fan base that is eagerly awaiting season two, coming in 2023.
Every episode of the first season has something to offer star trek fans, whether it’s comedic plots about fantasy realms, in-depth character studies, or hard-hitting action epics. Below is a list of them all, ranked from worst to best.
10. “The Elyos Kingdom”
A throwback to the original 1960s series, “The Elysian Kingdom” attempts to bring classic fantasy elements into Strange new worlds. We are left with a confusing episode that never really hits the mark and even the superb acting of Babs Olusan Mokun because Dr. M’Benga cannot save him. “The Elysian Kingdom,” however, features stunning sets, extravagant costumes, and Spock (Ethan Peck) with shoulder-length black hair. For these reasons, it is worth the detour.
9. “The Serene Gust”
A mysterious stranger boards the Enterprise and she seems attracted to Mr. Spock. “The Serene Squall” is a bottle episode full of shootouts and space pirates. Action-heavy, it’s certainly not the most thoughtful outing in the series, but the crew must outwit a capable and devious foe while trapped in different parts of the ship.
8. “The Ghosts of Illyria”
A medical infection plot that focuses on the number one character Rebecca Romijn) who must confront dangerous secrets from his past when a deadly virus hits the Enterprise. “Ghosts of Illyria” really fleshes out the character and gives her a decent story. He also sees Number One developing trust with the crew and overcoming her fear of being judged because of her race.
7. “All Who Wander”
Some people argue that star trek is ultimately a horror franchise. Episodes of original series like “Obsession” and “The Devil in the Dark” all have horror themes. “Anyone Who Wonders” stays true to that tradition by presenting us with a truly chilling plot. The crew are stranded on a supposedly dead planet and are forced to confront their personal demons while killer aliens lurk in the shadows. “Anyone Who Wonders” is a classic story with lots of thrills, scary leaps and emotional twists. It also allows the characters to grow as people as the alien menace tests them almost to breaking point.
6. “Strange New Worlds”
The opening episode of “Strange New Worlds” is solid and thought-provoking. Pike comes to terms with his own mortality and decides if Starfleet is right for him when an old friend visits him unexpectedly. Pike regains command of his beloved Enterprise, embarking on a mission to rescue a Federation officer stranded on a planet in the throes of civil unrest. At Pike, we have a captain who follows both his head and his heart and isn’t afraid to take matters into his own hands in the pursuit of peace. Die-hard First Directive supporters, however, will be left shaking their fists at the screen.
5. “Spock Amock”
“Spock Amock” is a comedy episode with echoes of Shakespearian farce. Spock and his Vulcan fiancée T’Pring (Gia Sandhu) are going through a rough patch in their relationship. They end up changing bodies and have to spend time in other people’s shoes. Ethan Peck shines everywhere, as Spock uses illogical actions to achieve a logical outcome. “Spock Amock” lacks the gravity of some of the other episodes, but it makes T’Pring a character in its own right and further deepens the mutual attraction between Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) and her favorite Vulcan.
4. “Raise us where suffering cannot reach us”
Although a shameless rip-off of Ursula K. Le Guin’s excellent short story “Those Who Walk Away From Omelas”, this episode features a neat plot of moral questioning in the classic style star trek. The Enterprise travels to a utopian world free from war and want. Pike adores the place and even falls in love with the beautiful alien Alora (Lindy Booth), but there’s a major catch: this idyllic society is allowed to exist because of the suffering of only one child. “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach” is number four on this list because it harkens back to the glory days of The next generationwhen our heroes encounter a flawed society and find themselves without all the answers.
3. “A quality of mercy”
The first season finale is an excellent alternate reality plot that copies many scenes from the Original series episode “Balance of Terror”. Choose one of the best episodes of the original star trek closing the season turned out to be a great idea. Pike is visited by a version of his future self and receives a terrible warning. He then confronts the Romulans along the Neutral Zone and must use all his diplomatic skills to avoid a crisis. All is not rosy when Pike’s admirable commitment to peace results in a series of shocking events that rock the Federation to its core. This episode also sees the introduction of James T. Kirk (Paul Wesley) to the series.
2. “Children of the Comet”
Badge Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding), new to the Enterprise and wondering about her place in Starfleet, must use all her skills and wits to solve an ancient mystery. An asteroid threatens to destroy all life on a primeval planet and the crew of the Enterprise must teleport onto it to try to divert its flight path. Matters are complicated by an ancient, indecipherable code and a group of powerful aliens who revere the asteroid and declare it a sacrilege to even set foot on it. “Children of the Comet” is a truly fantastic episode that features a high-stakes plot and an ultimately peaceful solution. The use of music as the key to the code is inspired, and the duet performed by Uhura and Spock ranks as one of the show’s best moments.
1. “Memento Mori”
After a few light initial episodes, things take a very dark turn in Strange new worlds with “Memento Mori”. The horrific story of La’an (Christina Chong) is revealed as the Enterprise repeatedly clashes with one of the series’ most vicious enemies: the Gorn. Pike and his crew must endure repeated assaults from a relentless attacker. La’an holds the key to victory, but she must open up to others about her terrible past. “Memento Mori” continues in the tradition of original season episodes like “The Doomsday Machine,” where tensions are at their highest and the survival of the crew hangs on the edge. For this reason, it is one of the most notable entries of the first season.