TV Review Paramount+’s ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’

Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and the new ‘Star Trek’ series Jenny Lumlet focused on USS Enterprise under the captain of Pike, the predecessor of Kirk Captain.

In the television landscape that keeps staying overnight, what is old suddenly again.

Netflix is ​​pondering the subscription option with advertising. Upstream comes out of the batch programming habit by renewing the sitcom for the 20 episode of defeat. And, after a series of spin -offs marked by sandy darkness or mythology that is tortuous, Paramount+ may have broken the Star Trek code with a new, optimistic, and fundamental new series in nature.


I actually like Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. Both have an idea that interests me and the show that I like to support. But they both showed that, once I was lagging behind a little behind, I never felt the desire to catch up.

I can’t say if the track: Strange New Worlds is a series that I want to pay attention to every week, but that is almost what this new series is designed. Through five episodes sent to criticisms from the 10 episodes of the first season-there are installments that have hit and others that are really forgotten. But this series has succeeded and quickly established a small ensemble that is easily cared for and a full hope that reminds back to the original Star Trek series and more procedural aspects of various popular spinses. This is a friendly and entertaining setback with intention and in execution.

Although the core ensembles of a strange new world, created by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, were introduced in the second season of Discovery, the episodes bordered by those who were completely unnecessary in terms of what there was, at the most basic level, Star Trek: Baby Muppet.

A prequel for the Gene Roddenberry parent, a strange new worlds puts us back to the USS company which is a little more shining, slightly newer under the supervision of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), the predecessor of the Kirk captain, shows the starfleet used to make leadership decisions especially on bone structure. Pike is still a little haunted from the discovery incident in which he sees the cause and context of his death, 10 years in the future.

Brought from the episodes of the discovery are Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn) and Baby Spock (Ethan PEck) (Ethan Peck) (Rebecca Romijn) and the mission of exploration to find new life and new civilizations and for, as said by new expressions , “Brave to go anywhere no one goes before.” Their crew including the faces of a very familiar future including the baby Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding), a communication expert who had just been out-of-academic, Baby Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush), security officer La’an Nonien Singh (Christina Chong), The last name refers to a distant relationship with the iconic franchise criminals, and many more.

If you remain open, you will hear mention many additional names and alien races from various parts of the Star Trek universe, but to what extent you want to be obsessed with the connection up to you. The strange new worlds, in the original tradition of the series, is a narrative meeting a week when the crew learns about different alien culture, some docile and some are hostile, some with a very allegory connection, very directly with human life in 2022 and some are only lizard creatures who want to eat us.

Each of the five episodes that I see is different from the others, while also quite evocative from some of the most repeated structural figures of franchise so that Star Trek shows this one is often very similar to the bottom deck of animation, which is parody with great love. . So there is one episode in which alien infections are rampant in the company and makes everyone behave strangely; Some episodes in which various landing parties are isolated from the company and must learn valuable lessons about not making assumptions; And at least one episode driven by action with a frightening alien enemy which is mostly-twew-fested space that explodes and puts the foundation for future antagonistic disputes. And then there is a strange body swap episode!

Maybe because the effect of working on a strange new world is only average, I am not fascinated by any episode that involves ships and objects without weight that fly around each other. Meanwhile, whatever describes the trauma of the character feels flat and prestigious-by-the-numbers. But when a strange new world makes things light-description that does not prevent the plot set between the fighting races or the potential for disasters that end these planets fun and redeem CGI limits with leading makeup, costumes and production designs.

The players are sturdy, led by capable by Mount Ken-With-Snark’s attitude. Romijn is not very interesting in dramatic mode, but every time he can show a dose of frustration, number one works well. Although the Droll Spock exercise in logic has now been played unlought by many actors for many years, the interpretation of the peck is decent, and he is very good in an episode that displays the interest of love vulcan t’pring (Gia Sandhu).

My favorite show came from Chong, Gooding, Bush and Melissa Navia as the company of the company Erica Ortegas. Chong has a dark intensity that plays well whether the context is dramatic or comic, and the scene with Romijn in the fifth episode stands out. Bush has wide -eyed openness and Navia is something more sour, and the contrast works well. And gooding is just a public pleasure, funny and emotionally available, respecting nichelle nichols native and making his uhura.

Progressive pervasive, but not so progressive to alienating parts of Star Trek viewers in denying that franchises are always progressive, a strange new world might aim for something that is less ambitious than the latest Star Trek performances, but also more successful. In the universe of streaming, this is a friendly Star Trek, with an emphasis that is not blessed on “Broad.”