Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 2 is the second instalment of an American scifi space opera television drama created by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet for the streaming service Paramount+. A spin-off of the Discovery series, Strange New Worlds features the USS Enterprise captained by Christopher Pike and set a decade before the events in the original Star Trek TV series. Arguably, Discovery’s second season – which introduced Anson Mount’s version of Pike – has been the best so far, so it’s no surprise that this series is now a reality.
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Entitled “Children of the Comet”, Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 2 provides more evidence that this new series might be the best Star Trek TV series since Enterprise. While recent seasons of Discovery and Picard have somewhat disappointed – and don’t get us started on the poor animated series – Strange New Worlds is a TV series that both old and new Trek fans can probably get behind. After all, the best season of Discovery was when Anson Mount’s Pike was involved and so this all makes sense.
This episode 2 highlights the character of Cadet Uhura, a key figure from The Original Series, with a decent little arc for her which cements her future in Starfleet, so to speak. Uhura is part of an away team that is investigating a comet that threatens a Persephone III, one of these strange new worlds. However, before they can do so, they are confronted by a superior alien spaceship that threatens to destroy the Enterprise if they interfere with the comet, which is revered as a deity of sorts.
It all ends well, of course, but not before Pike himself is taught a lesson about pre-determined fate as it relates to his own personal destiny. As with the first episode, Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 2 is a standalone story, very much in the tradition of classic Star Trek. So far so good!
Now streaming on Paramount+.
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