Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E6 – “Life Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach”

This week, things get gravely serious. “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach” is a sad and disturbing episode where unthinkable acts are presented as commonplace. in the tradition of “A Taste of Armageddon,” we are presented with a though-provoking episode. The story reveals the costs of maintaining a paradise for adults at the expense of our children. Continue reading Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E6 – “Life Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E5 – “Spock Amok”

“Who doesn’t love hijinks?” “Spock Amok” is a lighthearted episode in the tradition of “I, Mudd,” “A Piece of the Action,” or “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Throughout the story, the story also conveys some insightful perspectives on the need for empathy. The fine performances of the entire cast prove to us that SNW is as adept at playing comedy as they have been with drama. Continue reading Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E5 – “Spock Amok”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E3 – “Ghosts of Illyria”

From the trailer for this week’s episode it looked as if we were getting a traditional “disease of the week” story similar to the type that was a staple of TOS beginning with “The Naked Time” and “The Deadly Years.” But “Ghosts of Illyria” is a much more thoughtful examination of how communicable illnesses spread in the same way stereotypes and prejudices do; through ignorance. The writing maintains the high standard we’ve now seen across these first few episode. All in all, this was another strong installment for SNW. Continue reading Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E3 – “Ghosts of Illyria”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E2 – “Children of the Comet”

The second episode, “Children of the Comet” was another entertaining adventure for this prequel series. It introduced us to a new alien species, provided new background information for a character we’ve known for 56 years, and showed us a Starfleet captain struggling with an ancient debate: Do we live our lives under the control of free will or divine will? Although the main conflict was wrapped up by the end, we did a glimpse of some story elements that might play out over the rest of the season. Continue reading Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E2 – “Children of the Comet”

Picard S2, E10 – “Farewell” & Strange New Worlds S1, E1 – “Strange New Worlds”

The aptly-named “Farewell” brought closure to Picard, Season Two. The series finished off with attempts to wrap up many loose plot threads and deliver a few emotional moments to end the season arc with some tearful goodbyes. As for Strange New Worlds, in the self-named pilot, we are introduced to the crew of the U. S. S. Enterprise as their captain, Christopher Pike, is forced out of a self-imposed sabbatical to rescue Number One on a planet that has just developed warp capability. Continue reading Picard S2, E10 – “Farewell” & Strange New Worlds S1, E1 – “Strange New Worlds”

Star Trek: Picard S2, E8 – “Mercy”

Guinan and Picard are interrogated by FBI Agent Wells, Raffi and Seven go in search of Jurati, and Rios entertains Dr. Teresa and her son, Ricardo, aboard La Sirena. None of these encounters are as important as the one between Q and Guinan. We’re close to the end of the season. The fate of the future rest in the hands of this small band of time travelers. Will everything be reset? Continue reading Star Trek: Picard S2, E8 – “Mercy”