Strange New Worlds season 2 review: Star Trek boldly goes to great new heights

The pressure is on during the second season of any hit show. Showrunners must use the creative foundation they’ve already established and build on it, often exploring a show’s characters more deeply and placing them in situations that audiences will find intriguing. It’s a heavy job, especially for a beloved IP like Star Trek. What a refreshing surprise it is to know that we are in good hands with showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers helming the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Like the third season of Star Trek: Picard before, this is one of the best Emigrate we have seen in years. It’s inventive, often daring, sometimes genre-breaking, and above all, and this is important, funny.


the second season of strange new worlds which premieres June 15 on Paramount+, finds the crew of the USS Enterprise, once again exploring uncharted territories: new life and new civilizations and whatnot. Star Emigrate things we love One of the most refreshing perks this season is the addition of more personal voyages that reshape crew destinations. Humor seeps into the mix, too, and you’ll have Goldsman and Myers to thank for the addition of newcomer Carol Kane, who plays Pelia, the new chief engineer. Not from Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation it has such an unconventional yet profound character that it captured so much interest. Bottom line: Phasers has been set to “fun” this round. keep reading

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strange new worlds he had a lot going for him going into season two. Its Rotten Tomatoes score was a certified 99%. Far and wide, fans and critics heralded the new prequel series, set some seven years before any episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. The episodic format was a refreshing return to form. And that season one finale! Let’s talk about that for a moment…. What a suspense it was. Number One/Commander Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn) was arrested for lying to Starfleet about being a genetically modified Illyrian. Her fate is called into question in the first few episodes of the second season. The first season also featured one of star trek most iconic figures, Captain James T. Kirk, played by Paul Wesley. Lieutenant Kirk figures prominently in the second season.

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About that… fans will no doubt be gawking with delight when the third episode drops. Dubbed “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” the story is bold and inventive, if not reminiscent of one of the most iconic from the original series. episodes (It is better to experience this on your own rather than reveal anything here). The character, Lt. La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong), also figures prominently in the excursion. She may recall that early in the first season, La’an Noonien-Singh revealed that Una-Chin Riley had saved her long ago after the Gorn killed her immediate family. Khan Noonien-Singh (Ricardo Montalbán) is also her ancestor, so it’s fascinating to watch this stellar episode play out.

Speaking of number one, look for her plight to be a main focus in the early episodes where “will Starfleet kick her out?” question creates an added sense of mystery. The characters Captain Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck) also have a lot to work on this season. Mount and Peck seem to have generously embodied these characters with confidence, and by the time you get to episode five, dubbed charades — Boy, it’s loaded with wit and lore – you’ll feel like you’ve known these characters forever. And yes, he does watch things play out between Spock and Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) this season.

Emotions, depth, humor and Carol Kane

Carol Kane in Star Trek Strange New Worlds

One of the best things about the second season is that showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers know how to balance the more personal stories presented with plenty of action-packed episodes. Episode one delivers on that front as does episode four, among lotus eaters, where Pike, Lt. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) and Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun) find themselves on a seemingly dead-end mission of life and death. Fun.

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Throughout the first six episodes provided to critics, it’s apparent that the show’s writing has never been so sharp and refined. There’s a real sense of world building, or perhaps prequel building here. You ended up feeling this way when you were in the middle of the third season of both of them. Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Discovery. You feel the amount of thought and care that the writers have given to these characters and where they will all fit into the star trek Canyon.

There is also the great addition of Carol Kane (the unbreakable kimmy schmidt, scrooged) who enters as Pelia, the new chief engineer, following the surprise death of Hemmer (Bruce Horak) last season. This can smell like Discovery engineer Jett Reno (Tig Notaro). But how fun it is to experience this character. Kane is on the mark. And how TNG’s Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg), the character has a history full of stories. He is also a smart mouth and isn’t afraid to talk. As smart as she was wise, it will be great to see how this character evolves throughout the series. Note to Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers: let’s explore this captivating soul more deeply, thank you.

Meanwhile, the cast of the second season, including Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, and Jess Bush, have teased that the latest episodes of this season will surprise fans. In fact, in an exclusive interview with MovieWeb, Mount and Romijn shared that Paramount+ gave writers a lot of freedom to be creative. Cheers to that. This season offers some of the best star trek we’ve experimented with. Let these wonderful hikers boldly continue to go exactly where they are going. Forward…

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premieres June 15 on Paramount+.

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