Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 4 is the fourth 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 “Memento Mori”, Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 4 is probably the strongest episode of this maiden season thus far. Which is probably for the best because the previous episode was not quite that arresting. Not only does this episode highlight once more Captain Pike’s tactical skills but much of the supporting characters were given more depth in the process as well.
The premise of Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 4 is fairly straight-forward in fact. The Enterprise is ambushed by The Gorn – evil aliens from The Original Series – and the ship’s crew have to survive one of their deadliest encounters thus far. But of course, times of trials are perfect opportunities for character development and bonding.
This was particularly true for Security chief La’An Noonian-Singh who had encountered the Gorn in her youth and survived to tell the tale. She mind melds with Spock in order to access her memories, which aid Enterprise in their battle. This experience also helps La’An to lower her emotional guard – built up due to her trauma with the Gorn. Certainly, this descendent of Khan is proving to be an interesting addition to the Star Trek canon. Highly recommended!
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